Zak Crawley’s brilliant 189 ||زیک کرولی کا شاندار 189

Zak Crawley’s brilliant 189 ||زیک کرولی کا شاندار 189

This Ashes series has been filled with razor-thin margins, ebb and flow, tight turns, and swings of the pendulum in both directions. However, on a jubilant second day at Old Trafford, a really ludicrous 189 from Zak Crawley and three sessions of utter English supremacy over Australia put paid to these themes.

At stumps, Australia’s players were mentally frazzled and their bowling statistics were in tatters as they clattered up the metal stairs to the safety of the locker room. In just 72 overs, England had responded to 317 all out by scoring 384 for four. 38 fours and three sixes had been hit for a run rate of 5.33 per over, though late-over caution from Ben Stokes and Harry Brook mitigated that number Zak Crawley’s brilliant 189 gives England chance of staying in Ashes hunt.

At this point, Crawley was still wearing his tracksuit. After tea, his 182-ball innings, which included 21 fours and three sixes, was ended when Cameron Green’s worn-out bottom edge smacked into the stumps. His stands of 121 with Moeen Ali (54) and 206 with Joe Root (84) though, set up an overnight lead of 67 runs, so the damage had already been done.

Was this Bazball at its peak? Perhaps the best example is when these hell raisers scored 506 from 75 overs against Pakistan on the first day of the match in Rawalpindi. But that was a road of a surface, a naive assault, and a clean slate at the beginning of a series, not the defending Test world champions and the stress of a match Ashes series disadvantage of 2-1.

Both were initiated by Crawley, a player who Stokes and Brendon McCullum have always supported despite his output being feast or famine. They only see the positive side, and when Crawley plays in this manner, slapping bowlers from both sides of the wicket, the vision in their minds’ eye that they have been describing becomes more obvious.

Zak Crawley’s brilliant 189 ||زیک کرولی کا شاندار 189

Additionally, Root’s generally friction less innings was ended by a grubber from Josh Hazlewood, which was one of the first indications that this pitch was beginning to exhibit inconsistent bounce. Along with Brook, 14, Stokes finished the game unbeaten on 24. He also did well to hold down a delivery that suddenly rose ominously late in the game; not that he would have cared one bit.

After that, Chris Woakes took over to complete his first five-wicket haul in an Ashes Test match, a feat that was thoroughly deserved despite a poor start. When Josh Hazlewood edged to slip and Australia would have been 300 all out, Woakes was penalised for a no-ball and forced to wait an additional 15 minutes or so to bowl a legal repeat.

Zak Crawley’s brilliant 189 ||زیک کرولی کا شاندار 189

Moeen had reached the highest score by a No. 3 in this series, but was ultimately dismissed by Usman Khawaja with a flying catch, much to Cummins’ relief after he had earlier failed to seize a chance at mid-on. The runs that followed from England’s lynchpin provided additional proof that he had done the right thing by keeping Root away from the new ball.

While Root was sly, Crawley had the better of the day as his 45-ball half-century was brought up with a reverse scoop over the slips. As the sixth England player to reach three figures in an Ashes cricket session, the opener individually pillaged 106 of the 178 runs scored in the afternoon and destroyed scheme after plan from the tourists. He did so for six to put the useless Mitch Marsh Old Trafford gasped with pleasure when England took the lead.

After a late fall in the field that left Australia exhausted and worried about the condition of Starc’s shoulder overnight. The tourists must have those rain clouds move in quickly to avoid the possibility of a shootout in south London.

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