The third day of Edgbaston test turned out to be a mere formality as England stormed to victory in the third test. With every test, this Ashes is presenting its exciting color as the fortunes have fluctuated from one side to the other. Australia began the day battling hard, and only a miracle from the tailenders could have saved them from humiliation. Mitchell Starc tried his best and played a good knock of 58, before he was foxed by Moeen Ali.
Peter Neville made a strong case for himself in the second innings as he fought it out in the middle. His knock of 59, was much more valuable than just the 59 runs. It was a stern reassuring message sent to the Australian selectors. But Nevill too couldn’t save Australia from the gallows as England were all over them. The hosts were eventually given a target of 121, which they got to with sheer ease. Adam Lyth was once again miserable, and this might have well been his last test of the season. He is bound to be axed for the Nottingham test.
Alastair Cook was castled by Starc, as he remained stuck within his crease. The dismissal of Cook, was similar to his dismissal against Mitchell Johnson, in the first innings of the 2013/14 Adelaide test. Ian Bell though, once again silenced his critics and along with Joe Root, finished the game off for England.
Below, are the statistical highlights from the third day’s play between Australia and England –
1. This was the 16th instance in an Ashes test, when Australia’s middle order batsmen (3-6) all made single digit scores.
2. In the third test, as many as 8 fifties were scored, while not a single ton was scored.
3. Ian Bell now has 22 scores of 50+ against Australia. This is the third highest for an English batsman.
4. Bell became the first English batsman since Robin Smith to score two fifties in an Ashes test while batting at no.3
5. With Finn’s 6 wicket haul in the second innings, it was the first time when 2 English bowlers took 6 fors in the same Ashes test since 1981.