Ashes 2023: The 2023 Ashes series, the historic cricket rivalry between England and Australia, sprang into action at Edgbaston. On the rain-soaked Day 3, Sunday, June 18, Australia scripted a remarkable comeback, prompting praise from former England captain, Michael Vaughan.
Australia resumed their first innings on Day 3 at 311/4. Unexpectedly, the team stumbled, losing their final four wickets for just 14 runs. Eventually, they were all out for 386, an outcome that was in stark contrast to their commanding position at the beginning of the day.
However, the Australian side refused to be fazed by the early setback. Instead, their bowlers took centre stage and fought back fiercely in the second innings. The quick dismissals of the English openers were a testament to their resolve. Consequently, England found themselves at a precarious 28/2 before the rain halted play.
Vaughan was effusive in his praise for the Australian bowling effort. He recognized their consistency and aggression, attributes he has always associated with Australian cricket. The mindset and approach of the Australians earned him over, as he said, “That is the Australian team I have known for all of the time I have been watching Test cricket.”
Ashes 2023: Michael Vaughan heaps praise on the Australian bowlers after Day 3 of the first test
Vaughan also acknowledged the role of the weather conditions in aiding the Australian bowlers. The rain-soaked pitch and the moving ball created ideal circumstances for the bowlers to dominate. Yet, he emphasized that it was Australia’s proactive attitude that made the difference.
Vaughan further elaborated on the Australian strategy, stating, “Australia have said to the batters ‘we are here to get you out, not just spread the fields and let you knock it around’.” This bold, aggressive approach is what set the Australian bowlers apart on Day 3.
Looking ahead, Vaughan voiced his concerns for the English team. His warning to England was clear: a hasty approach could backfire. He cautioned, “My worry for England would be if they go too hard too soon, they could find themselves four down very quickly.”
In his closing remarks, Vaughan humorously referred to Bazball, a term used for aggressive, fast-paced cricket. “Bazball needs some sleep, a kip and to come back tomorrow,” he quipped, indicating the need for a refreshed approach on Day 4.
Day 3 of the opening Ashes Test at Edgbaston saw a stunning comeback from the Australians. Despite a shaky start, the team rallied, with the bowlers taking charge and putting England on the back foot. As the Test match continues, all eyes will be on how England responds to this challenge, and whether Australia can sustain their momentum.