Former captain Michael Vaughan praised England’s batting performance during the second innings of the third Test against Australia at Headingley. Michael Vaughan highlighted that the English batsmen played smart cricket on Day 4 of the recently concluded Test in the ongoing series.
England beat Australia by three wickets at Headingley on Sunday 9 July, recording their first Ashes 2023 win. The Ben Stokes-led team chased a target of 251 runs with three wickets in hand. Harry Brook scored a crucial half century to put his team in a commanding position.
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Both left to soft layoffs – Michael Vaughan
michael vaughan he noted that the Australian batsmen in the second innings lost their wickets when attempting aggressive shots. Vaughan believes England have a chance to level the series at 2-2 in the next game at Old Trafford.
“Bazball is sometimes too risky and can bring the opposition into the game. But Australia in their second innings showed the dangers of playing too safe.” Vaughan wrote in The Telegraph.
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“Then, when Australia tried to be more attacking, they almost seemed confused, and Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith managed soft dismissals.
England have a good chance to build on this victory and deliver again at Old Trafford. If we can get to the Oval at 2-2, with one to play, it will be the biggest Test series of my life.” added.
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No Bazball, No Stupid Shots – Geoffrey Boycott
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott is optimistic about the hosts’ chances of winning the upcoming match against Australia.
“No Bazball, no stupid shots. Sensible hitting play,” Boycott told The Telegraph.
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“They did much better. Beat more like this today, with brains and talent, and you can win again the next test”. added.
England have a chance to pull off a rare comeback and win the Ashes series after being 2-0 down, emulating Don Bradman’s Australia in 1936-37. The fourth Test match between England and Australia will take place at Old Trafford in Manchester from July 19.
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