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England vs Australia, 3rd Test at Leeds, The Ashes, Jul 06 2023 - Match Result

3rd Test, Leeds, July 06 - 09, 2023, The Ashes
263 & 224
(T:251) 237 & 254/7

England won by 3 wickets

Player Of The Match
5/34, 24 & 2/66
Match centre 
Scores: @Thilak_Rama | Comms: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
Australia 263/10(60.4 overs)
118 (118)
5/34 (11.4)
39 (74)
3/73 (17)
England 237/10(52.3 overs)
80 (108)
6/91 (18)
33 (39)
2/59 (14)
Australia 224/10(67.1 overs)
77 (112)
3/45 (14.1)
3/68 (18)
England 254/7(50 overs)
75 (93)
5/78 (16)
44 (55)
end of over 5014 runs
ENG: 254/7CRR: 5.08 
Chris Woakes32 (47b 4x4)
Mark Wood16 (8b 1x4 1x6)
Mitchell Starc 16-0-78-5
Pat Cummins 15-0-77-1

4.10pm: That rock'n'roll Test cricket, eh? That rock'n'roll Test cricket, it just won't go away. The Ashes are alive, after yet another nerve-jangling finish! Matt Roller's report is the place to go, and then it's time to get in training for Manchester. Australia are one win/draw away from retaining the urn, but England are back at the races and will be gunning to pull level. For now, from myself and Alex, Miller and Sreshth, Thilak and Chandan and the rest, it's thank you and good night. We'll be back for more soon. Cheerio!

3.50pm: Time for presentations, starting with Player of the Match Mark Wood: "Definitely, delighted to be here, especially as man of the match. Great win for us and it keeps the series alive. I was not good in that dressing room. The lads will tell you, sweaty palms all the way. But it's a lot easier out in the middle. To go up against some of the best fast bowlers in the world, it's the first time I've got England over the line with the bat so I'm delighted. [Allrounder status] Too early for that, any higher and I'll be getting a nosebleed. I don't know if it's the quickest, coming down the hill I was thinking of Bob Willis. Stokesy was very clear about my role, bowl short, sharp spells and give it everything I've got. There's still things to work on. Both sides have gone hard at the tail and that's something we'll have to combat. [First innings 24] I was pleased with it, don't know about the impact. Delighted to get some runs. The support everywhere we go is amazing, but it's always better in the north, isn't it? [Fit for final two?] Hope so, we'll see how I pull up but will do everything I can to be ready."

Australia captain Pat Cummins: "There's a few moments that went back and forth. Day one we lost 6 for 20-odd, Friday the sun was out when batting and we missed an opportunity. Few key moments. Seems like a series where each session swings in one team's favour and then the other. [Moeen spell] One of those moments when it felt like we were in control but we lost a couple of wickets and that happens. Thought getting up to 250 gave us something but it wasn't quite enough. [Warner] He was fantastic last week at Lord's, really happy with how everyone's going. [Marsh] Good problems to have. He was awesome, four years since last game. Great to see him back in, few headaches ahead. Few days off to recharge, people are flying off to various places but we'll come back together excited for Manchester."

England's Ben Stokes: "Really good, another down-to-the wire game. Nice to get over the line and keep our hopes alive. Bit of both, it looked a good wicket, you'd seen that by the way Mitch Marsh came out and batted, he turned the game when we were in a good position. Got to give credit to how he took the game on. Obvious if you get in you could score runs. We brought Woody and Woakes back in and it's great when decisions like that impact the game. That's what we look at, what impact can players have and how can we use them. All three of those guys [including Moeen] did that this week. [Woakes] I didn't even look at he fact it's been so long since he'd played red-ball. He's a quality performer. He's Mr Consistent. Having someone who can bat like the can at No. 8 is a massive help, and when the ball's doing a bit in the air or off the pitch he's massively in the game. [Wood] When you've got someone who can come in and bowl 95mph, it's a massive help. It impacts the game, whether he's taking wickets at one end or they come at the other. Great to see him smiling, running in and bowling rockets. And with the bat, he's a free spirit, and very clear in his mind. He walked out knowing how he wanted to take the game on, doesn't always come off but it gives you a better chance. [Moeen at No. 3] Mo always wants to impact the game, he said to Brendon last night that he wanted to take them on and have a crack at No. 3. Felt like he could have an impact up the order. [Break before Old Trafford] I think it will be great for both teams, it's 2-1 and the next game is vital, so we want to be fresh and ready. Three games of unbelievable cricket, so the break will do quite a few bodies the world of good. [Headingley] Sensational, we love coming here and playing cricket. This place has memories that people will always remember and we love playing here."

3.40pm: Chris Woakes and Mark Wood walk off as the noise rolls down from the stands. Australia still lead in the series, but the margin has been cut to 2-1 with two games to play. The last time a team won the third match of an Ashes series after being two behind, by the way, was in 1978-79 (although England went on to win 5-1 on that occasion). England will still need to do something only achieved once before, by Don Bradman's team in 1936-37, if they are going to reclaim the Ashes... but you've got to start somewhere, and a three-wicket squeaker in Leeds is as good a place as any

Here's Greg: "In classic BazBall fashion, England chased that in exactly 50 overs."

Revanth: "While its great that the series is still alive, can't help but feel for Australia...have been on the wrong side of the toss on all 3 occasions so adverse conditions for batting and less favourable conditions for bowling on more occasions than their opposition...still managed to lead the series scoreline...almost pulled off a rabbit outta the hat today as well...really showing why they are world champions..!!"

"2 Ws (Wood and Woakes) has finally brought the W for England this series ..." yips Saurabh M

"All 3 games could have gone either way," reckons John. "England are punching above their weight to even compete. Lyon is a big miss - Murphy is supposed to be a good bowler but Cummins does not seem to trust him yet"

Starc to Woakes, FOUR runs

pitched up and blazed through point for the winning runs! Woakes gets them over the line, and England are back in the series. Headingley produces the drama once again, as England pull off another famous fourth-innings chase on the ground

Bala: "From England's perspective, the difference between the first two test and this test is just the combination of Wood and Woakes!"

Starc to Wood, 1 run

back of a length, rising wide of off stump, Wood rides it and chops a cut to deep backward point. Scores are level

Starc to Woakes, 1 run

banged in short of a length from over the wicket, Woakes dabs it into the off side for one more

Starc to Wood, 1 run

top-edged over the keeper, lands safe! Carey goes sprinting almost all the way back to the rope but can't cling on at full stretch! Surely it was an easier take for Boland coming up from deep third? Either way, it goes down, as the crowd lose the run of themselves once more

Four to win

"Three good balls or two bad balls," chunters Abir

Starc to Wood, 2 runs

back of a length on the stumps, 91mph/146kph and Wood chops it in front of deep point, comes haring back for two more

Cummins isn't happy, and goes to tell Kumar as much

Starc to Wood, 1 wide

banged down short and wide, Headingley wants a wide... and Kumar Dharmasena eventually obliges, seemingly after a word in his earpiece!

"Mark Wood for Player of match. Bowlers should get some love too." He's got to be a contender, Mike Hawk

Starc to Wood, FOUR runs

goes full from round the wicket, blasted through cover! This was 92mph/148kph and straight at the stumps, Wood makes some room and drills into the open spaces in front of square

Starc once again. Three good balls needed. England could get there in two hits. Here's Kannadachi: "Backing Starc to get his yorkers on target !! No short pitch bowling anymore!"

end of over 498 runs
ENG: 240/7CRR: 4.89 
Chris Woakes27 (45b 3x4)
Mark Wood8 (4b 1x6)
Pat Cummins 15-0-77-1
Mitchell Starc 15-0-64-5
Cummins to Woakes, no run

leg-side bouncer, Woakes lets it sail through to Carey

Andy: "Ah yes. Bowling at Wood's head worked so well last time..."

Cummins to Wood, 1 run

banged in and swatted, looking to keep this one down. Just a single to deep midwicket

Cummins to Wood, no run

Cummins goes short, again from round the wicket. Wood backs away and lets this one go

Two more of those...

Cummins to Wood, SIX runs

Wood pulls Cummins into the Football Stand! Short ball, hooked off his nose for six! Big backlift and he takes it on, sends the ball soaring into the crowd over fine leg! Headingley erupts for the umpteenth time

"Can you ask Jeremy Stewart. "Hopefully Brook's detractors are silenced, though: he's doing a great job!" to keep quiet please..." mutters Ramji

Cummins to Woakes, 1 run

short of a length, Woakes wallops a pull into the gap... superb work on the boundary! Murphy leaps beyond the rope and palms the ball back in to Labuschagne, meaning that an almost-certain four becomes one!

Cummins to Woakes, no run

short of a length over the stumps, Woakes heaves across the line... and misses

One and done for Murphy again, as Cummins brings himself back

end of over 485 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 232/7CRR: 4.83 
Chris Woakes26 (42b 3x4)
Mark Wood1 (1b)
Mitchell Starc 15-0-64-5
Todd Murphy 2-0-13-0

"Things were getting way too boring and one-sided considering the levels of this series," chirps Prakhar

Starc to Woakes, 1 run

banged down short, Woakes helps it away off his eyebrows down to fine leg

Starc to Wood, 1 run

pitched up and Wood is back on leg stump to jab one off his pads in front of square

Out comes Mark Wood... 24 off 8 would do it

Starc to Brook, OUT

short ball, top-edged into the off side... Cummins and Starc collide but the catch is taken! Brook looking to smear this over the covers but the top edge goes spiralling towards mid-off, where Cummins was waiting. Starc went for it too, haven't not heard the call, but Cummins clung on even as the Starc ran into him with arms outstretched! More Headingley drama, with 21 runs still needed! And Starc has five, too

Harry Brook c Cummins b Starc 75 (93b 9x4 0x6 139m) SR: 80.64
Starc to Woakes, 1 run

banged in, 88mph/143kph and Woakes attempts a little dab-cum-uppercut, sends it a couple of yards short of deep third! Boland takes it on the bounce down there

Starc to Brook, 1 run

another short ball, 87mph/140kph at the noggin. Brook watches it well and rolls the wrists on a pull to fine leg

Here's Gibbo: "Aust might as well drop Murphy for another batsman for the rest of the series. Apparently Pat doesn't trust him to bowl until it's too late anyway."

Starc to Woakes, 1 run

bumper on the body, fended over short leg! Head was the man in close, stuck up an arm but wasn't all that close to getting fingers to the ball. They pick up one more

Now Cummins goes back to Mitchell Starc. Is it too late? England need 24 more... Short leg in, no slips and the field spread

end of over 476 runs
ENG: 227/6CRR: 4.82 
Harry Brook74 (91b 9x4)
Chris Woakes23 (39b 3x4)
Todd Murphy 2-0-13-0
Pat Cummins 14-0-69-1

"Cummins may fancy his chances for some reason, but, as the least economical bowler and with only one wicket to show for that, he's just making it easier for England," chides Jeremy Stewart. "Hopefully Brook's detractors are silenced, though: he's doing a great job!"

Murphy to Brook, no run

tossed up, 57mph/92kph and straightening on the stumps, tapped leg side

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
MR Marsh
118 runs (118)
17 fours4 sixes
Productive shot
29 runs
2 fours3 sixes
BA Stokes
80 runs (108)
6 fours5 sixes
Productive shot
16 runs
1 four0 six
Best performances - bowlers
PJ Cummins
MA Wood
Match details
Headingley, Leeds
TossEngland, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2509
Match days6,7,8,9 July 2023 - day (5-day match)
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsEngland 12, Australia 0
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