The Ashes: Ben Stokes heroics and Moeen Ali wickets keep England alive in third Test against Australia | Cricket News


Ben Stokes produced another heroic Headingley performance and Moeen Ali claimed his 200th Test wicket as England kept their Ashes hopes alive on a rip-roaring second day in Leeds.

Stokes – four years on from his match-winning 135 not out on this ground and five days hence from his 155 at Lord’s – struck 80 from 108 while batting on one leg due to a glute issue to lift England from 142-7 to 237 all out as they conceded a first-innings deficit of just 26.

Off-spinner Moeen then removed Marnus Labuschagne (33) and Steve Smith (2) in quick succession before Chris Woakes nicked off Usman Khawaja (43) as Australia slipped from 68-1 to 90-4 before closing on 116-4 with a lead of 142 and first-innings centurion Mitchell Marsh (17no) at the crease alongside Travis Head (18no).

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‘See ya, Smudge’ – watch the moment Steve Smith was dismissed and instantly teased by Jonny Bairstow!

Labuschagne and Smith were guilty of tame dismissals – Labuschagne swept Moeen into the deep two balls after being dropped by Jonny Bairstow, while Smith clipped to midwicket before being angered by Bairstow waving him off with the words ‘See ya, Smudge’.

The entertainment also included Stuart Broad vaporising David Warner (1) for the 17th time in Ashes cricket.

Ollie Robinson (back spasm) did not bowl and neither did Stokes but the depleted attack built on their captain’s work with the bat as they look to stop Australia – 2-0 up in the five-match series – from retaining the Ashes at the earliest possible opportunity.

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Watch every Stuart Broad wicket against David Warner in The Ashes after the England seamer removed him for a 17th time

The variable bounce this pitch is now generating could make the fourth-innings chase a tough one, although the home side will be buoyed by recent Headingley history with West Indies reaching 332 in 2017 and England knocking off 359 against Australia in 2019 and then 269 versus New Zealand last summer.

More to follow.


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