About the Match
England registered an emphatic victory against Australia in the 3rd Test match
to take a 2-1 series lead; they will now go into battle in the 4th Test starting on 6th August at Nottingham. A super-charged bowling attack followed by a gritty batting line-up, saw the hosts trounce Australia; England is jubilant and will try to repeat the winning strategy in the upcoming match. On the other hand, Australia, which seems to be going through a rough patch, will leave no stone unturned to make a comeback here.
Finn was awarded the player of the match for his astounding 6-wicket haul that demolished the Aussie batting line-up in the 2nd innings; he claimed 2 wickets in the first innings, providing able support to Jimmy Anderson, who took a superb 6-47 that left Australia all-out for just 136. Both bowlers are performing well and will be the pillars to the attack going forward; Stuart Broad, Ali and Ben Stokes bring in variety and will be raring to go to annihilate the visitors yet again.
Joe Root and Ian Bell delivered with the bat, both scoring half-centuries in the first innings while the latter made a remarkable unbeaten 65 off 90 in the second to take the team to victory on the 3rd day itself. Cook, Ali and Broad came good with the willow but the others will have to pull up their socks in the upcoming match.
Bowling looks excellent and they will need to strike as early as possible if Australia bats first; the middle order needs to come out all guns blazing if they want to repeat the winning performance.
The batsmen were clobbered by the English bowlers and left stranded at sea in the 3rd test; their weak performance has left some wide gaps which need to be filled before it’s too late. Except Chris Rogers, who scored a well-made 52 off 89 deliveries, the rest of the batting line-up choked for just 136 runs. David Warner came through in the 2nd innings, posting a brave 77 off 62 whilst others fell easy prey to Finn and company. Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc tried to salvage the innings but their half centuries went in vain as Australia lost the match by 8 wickets.
Hazlewood, Johnson, Starc and Lyon put up commendable efforts but were let down by the batsmen, who fell like a pack of cards; while Hazlewood finished with 4 wickets, Lyon and Starc claimed 3 wickets each. Johnson was economical but couldn’t make a serious dent on the opponent.
Experienced players like Clarke, Smith and Warner will need to step up if they want to avoid another humiliation; Shaun Marsh might replace Adam Voges, who hasn’t performed up to expectations. The bowlers need good support to thrive here and with planning for the next match, Australia can definitely comeback stronger.
England was the better performer in the last match and the recent win has definitely boosted their morale; while Australia battles with issues, it will try to fire from all cylinders and take charge. Though the match will be well-fought by both sides, we feel that Australia still has the edge to win the crucial match and keep the series alive