Australia after Bairstow runs riot || بیرسٹو کے بعد آسٹریلیا میں ہنگامہ آرائی

Australia after Bairstow runs riot || بیرسٹو کے بعد آسٹریلیا میں ہنگامہ آرائی

England tightened their hold on the fourth Test, which must be won, on Friday at Old Trafford thanks to three wickets from fast bowler Mark Wood after Jonny Bairstow destroyed Australia with a thrilling 99 unbeaten.

With two games remaining and a deficit of 2-1, England needs to win in Manchester if they want to have a chance of winning back the Ashes. The wicket keeper Bairstow held a straightforward edge off Wood as Australia lost Usman Khawaja early in their innings after a scorching 81 ball onslaught on the bowlers that featured 10 fours and four sixes.

When unsure of whether to play a shot or leave the ball, David Warner, Australia’s other left-handed opener, survived against longtime foe Stuart Broad only to chop on to Chris Woakes for 28. Star Australian batsman Steve Smith was caught down the leg-side by Bairstow for just 17 runs after neither pulling nor paddling a bouncer, handing Wood his 100th Test wicket.

Australia after Bairstow runs riot || بیرسٹو کے بعد آسٹریلیا میں ہنگامہ آرائی

Even though Marnus Labuschagne (44 not out) was still standing at the end of the innings, Mitchell Marsh only managed one off 27 balls. When Bairstow arrived at 437-5 on Friday, England had already had a stunning run-spurt, with opener Zak Crawley leading the way with 189. James joined Bairstow, one of England’s standout batters from the ‘Bazball’ era of aggressive run-scoring, when he was just 49 not out. He then immediately pulled a six off Mitchell Starc to elegantly finish his fifty.

In a further demonstration of how England’s dynamism had alarmed their arch-rivals, Bairstow also lifted Australia skipper Pat Cummins for two additional towering sixes off consecutive deliveries, despite the fact that at that point all fielders, with the exception of wicket keeper Alex Carey, had returned to the boundary.

More applause was heard from the spectators when the final pair raced a bye to Carey, who had controversially stumped Bairstow at Lord’s during the second Test when the England batsman believed the ball was dead while standing back.

For the first time since 1930 against the West Indies in Jamaica, England’s top seven batsmen scored six runs of at least fifty in their innings. They started play on Friday with a score of 384-4, a lead of 67 runs, and Harry Brook and England captain Ben Stokes both remaining undefeated at 24.Both batsmen reached the fifty-run mark, but Australia, the defending Test world champions, twice squandered opportunities to run out Stokes, showing their growing fallibility.

The 30-year-old fast bowler’s statistics of 1-129 were the most expensive of his 54-Test career, but Cummins eventually bowled Stokes for 61.


(M. Labuschagne 51, M. Marsh 51; C. Woakes 5-52) AUSTRALIA (1st Innings) 317

First inning, overnight score: 384-4 for ENGLAND

Green, Z. Crawley 189

B. Duckett, Carey, Starc1, and C.

Ali, M., Khawaja, and Starc54

Hazlewood b. J. Root 84

Hazlewood, H. Brook, Starc, and61

Cummins51, B. Stokes

J. Bairstow is still alive.

Hazlewood, Carey, and C. Woakes0

Hazlewood, M. Wood

S. Broad, C. Hazlewood, and B.

A. Green5 lbw J. Anderson

(B-15, LB-9, NB-11) EXTRAS

TOTAL (107.4 overs, all out)592

THE FALL OF WICKETS IS AS FOLLOWS: 1-9 (Duckett), 2-130 (Ali), 3-333 (Crawley), 4-351 (Root), 5-437 (Stokes), 6-474 (Brook), 7-486 (Woakes), 8-506 (Wood), and 9-526 (Broad).

BOWLING: Starc 25-0-137-2 (1 no-ball); Hazlewood 27-2-126-5 (2 no-balls); Cummins 23-0-129-1 (4 no-balls); Green 15.4-1-64-2; Head 7-0-52-0; Marsh 9-0-57-0 (4 no-balls); Labuschagne 1-0-3-0.

Australia (second innings):

Woakes, D. Warner

Wood18 U. Khawaja; C. Bairstow

Not out M. Labuschagne 44

c. Bairstow and b. Wood17

Duckett, T. Head, and Wood, 1

M. Marsh remains in.

B-1, LB-1, NB-1, W-1, and EXTRAS

FOR A TOTAL OF 113 (for four wickets, 41 overs).

A. Carey M. Starc, P. Cummins, C. Green, J. Hazlewood, and others are STILL TO BAT.


BOWLING: Ali 6-0-28-0; Wood 7-0-17-3 (1w); Woakes 9-4-18-1 (1nb); Anderson 11-4-17-0; Broad 8-2-31-0


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