We charge England’s gamers out of 10 after the three-wicket win over Australia at Headingley to maintain the Ashes alive…
Ben Stokes: 8.5
80 from 108 balls
13 from 15 balls
The person won’t ever give up. After his heroics at Lord’s, Stokes was left to choose up the burden of the batting order within the first innings at Headingley and his 80 runs from 108 balls ensured England had been nonetheless within the Take a look at. As a clearly in-pain Stokes hobbled round after which smashed 5 sixes, he as soon as once more dragged his facet into the second innings by the scruff of their necks.
His second innings was a much less thrilling one, simply 13 from 15 balls, however it’s honest to say there could not have been this second-innings likelihood for England with out the captain’s knock within the first.
Zak Crawley: 7
33 from 39 balls
44 from 55 balls
Crawley was considerably the choose of the highest batting order at Headingley as he stayed regular within the first innings whereas others round him flailed, Ben Duckett and Harry Brook each falling whereas he was on the crease.
His second innings was an additional enchancment as he regarded actually comfy on the crease, enjoying some nice drives and coping with Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. A considerably easy nick behind noticed him dismissed by wicketkeeper Alex Carey however his 44 runs had been very important in England’s run chase.
Ben Duckett: 5
Two from six balls
23 from 31 balls
After a powerful exhibiting a Lord’s, it was a disappointing first innings from Duckett as he lasted simply three overs earlier than behind caught behind by Carey. He managed so as to add extra within the second innings as he and Crawley lasted by a tense night session to proceed on into the morning however he by no means regarded absolutely comfy on the crease. Very important runs however not his most memorable show.
Harry Brook: 8
Three from 11 balls
75 from 93 balls
Brook was promoted as much as No 3 within the batting order as a result of Ollie Pope being dominated out with a shoulder harm and his first try at it left one thing to be desired. With simply three runs and a sloppy edge to Smith dismissing him, he had a degree to show within the second innings and boy, did he ship!
Again in his most well-liked fifth place within the batting order, Brook anchored the innings for a protracted interval for England, his 75 runs from simply 93 balls being the distinction after Joe Root and Moeen Ali had been dismissed. Though he did not final till the top of a dramatic day, he confirmed why Brendon McCullum and Stokes think about him. With that show, he additionally turned the quickest batsman to achieve 1000 Take a look at runs, taking simply 1058 balls to get there.
Joe Root: 5
19 from 45 balls
21 from 33 balls
It appeared that the previous England captain did not fairly get firing within the first innings and regarded uncomfortable on the crease, Cummins getting the higher of him as soon as once more as he nicked it to Warner at first slip. It was an analogous situation within the second innings as, simply after England regarded like they’d a partnership forming between him and Brook, he was outsmarted by Cummins as soon as once more, gloving it to Carey. He simply by no means appeared to get into his rhythm at Headingley and Root will not be comfortable together with his contributions within the third Take a look at.
Additionally it is arduous to overlook that he dropped Mitchell Marsh within the first innings when he was on 12. He went on to make 118 runs from 118 balls.
Jonny Bairstow: 4
12 runs from 37 balls
5 runs from eight balls
It was not the homecoming Take a look at at Headingley Bairstow had in all probability dreamed of after being the main target of this Take a look at after his controversial dismissal by the hands of Alex Carey. It was a poor exhibiting with the bat in each innings, only a mixed 17 from each. Certainly, his dismissal at a first-rate second within the second will solely convey the query up once more of whether or not he’s extra worthwhile than Ben Foakes could be on this facet. He took two catches behind the wicket however his glovework additionally left questions – one to overlook for Bairstow.
Moeen Ali: 6
0-40 from 9 overs
2-34 from 17 overs
He solely bowled 9 overs within the first innings however Moeen simply couldn’t discover the breakthrough. Nonetheless, his contribution within the second innings was precisely what he was introduced again into the facet for. Eradicating the important thing wickets of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith, Moeen floor out some powerful overs for England to essentially convey them again into the match.
With the bat, the experiment to maneuver him to No 3 within the order didn’t work within the second innings and he was dismissed by a lazy high edge within the first innings for 21 runs. A combined Take a look at match for Moeen after asking his coach to be moved up the batting order.
Chris Woakes: 9
3-73 from 17 overs
3-68 from 18 overs
32 from 47 balls
Chris Woakes gave the efficiency you need to give as a bowler if you find yourself introduced again into the Take a look at facet. With three wickets in every innings and a mountain of overs, he proved why he’s so helpful to this facet. Eradicating Labuschagne, Head and Marsh within the first innings, he demolished Australia’s high batting order then noticed off Usman Khawaja, Marsh and Carey within the second.
Not solely did Woakes ship with the ball in hand, he got here in and gave a match-winning efficiency with the bat alongside Mark Wooden. Including 32 runs within the run chase, he was a stable accomplice for Brook earlier than sealing the win with a giant boundary. He’s Mr Dependable and one of many standout performers on this Take a look at.
Mark Wooden: 9.5
5-34 from 11.4 overs
2-66 from 17 overs
24 from eight balls
16 from eight balls
Wooden got here again into the facet and he proved to be the distinction that made England’s bowling assault fireplace on day one. After beginning his day with the quickest over ever bowled at Headingley, he saved Australia quiet and dismissed the primary man of Khawaja within the course of. A five-for and a day to recollect, his 95mph deliveries will stay on within the Ashes reminiscence. With the bat he even made himself the centre of consideration, whacking 24 runs from eight deliveries, together with one 4 and three sixes.
After eradicating the highest order on day one, his job within the second innings was to take away the tailenders and that he did, taking Starc after which Cummins for only one run. Together with his work with the ball as soon as once more achieved, he got here out with the bat to seal the deal, a six and a 4 in a 16-run cameo getting England over the road. A Take a look at to recollect for the Geordie!
Ollie Robinson: N/A
0-38 from 11.2 overs
It was a really quiet opening innings for Robinson as he could not discover a method by. After leaving the sector with a again spasm mid-over, he couldn’t contribute as a lot as he usually would and that meant he did not bowl within the second innings. A quiet Take a look at however one hampered by an harm.
Stuart Broad: 7
2-58 from 11.4 overs
3-45 from 14.1 overs
The ever-reliable Broad confirmed as soon as once more why he’s such an vital cog on this England facet. Eradicating his outdated foe David Warner in each innings, Broad’s theatrics continued to entertain, and his low financial system charge is pivotal. He additionally eliminated the hazard man of Travis Head within the second innings as he rampaged previous a half-century, muting the assault of Australia.
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