Joe Denly Revives England Hopes in Third Ashes Test Match
Joe Denly insisted that England never lost faith in their ability to achieve what would be one of the most astonishing victories in Ashes history after collapsing 67 in the third Test against Australia at Headingley. England’s woeful total, their lowest in the cricket of the ashes for 71 years, seemed to have ended any hope they had in this match to block the five-test series at 1-1.
But Saturday’s third-day slats were 156-3 in their second inning, and they needed 203 more runs to reach a goal of 359. England’s captain Joe Root was not 75 years old after sharing a 126in 53 overs position with Denly, who rescued his team from an even more important embarrassment in 15-2.
Joe Denly Said:
“I still think we’re in a really good position, caught after cheating on a wicket-keeper Josh Hazlewood.
Denly, the only Batsmen in England to reach double figures in the first inning, with 12, added: “It’s never ideal when you get pitched for 67, it wasn’t good enough and we had to show some fighting and a bit of character in the second innings.
Joe Denly further said that
England’s resolve had not faltered after its first horror episode.
“It was never about tying or losing, but about winning, that belief has to be there.
“We understand that there is a difficult period in the morning with the new ball coming.
“But we have Rooty and Stokesy (Ben Stokes is two years without following his undefeated 115 in the second Lord’s Test): two world-class hitters.
Root’s effort was especially timely given that England’s top hitter had not run out of anything in his previous two test innings.
“Every time Joe Root is scoring runs he puts belief on the side, “We feed on that.”
On Saturday he also saw Marnus Labuschagne of Australia score 80, his third consecutive Test fifty years since he came as the inaugural substitute for the cricket concussion for Steve Smith after the star hitter was hit by goalkeeper Jofra Archer at Lord’s.
Labuschagne missed a century of inaugural Test Match by running out of him but was still satisfied with his recent scoring streak that included 74 in the first innings, seven more than England achieved among them.
Labuschagne Said That
As a batsman, you want to score hundreds, but it was more about getting as much advantage as possible. It’s going to be pretty hard to fill Steve Smith’s shoes. But from a personal perspective, I’m just trying to focus on my own game.
If Australia wins this match, they will hold back the ashes and Labuschagne said it wouldn’t take much to derail England’s bid for victory.
– “Learning” –
Marnus Labuschagne on his way to top score with 80 in Australia’s second inning
“This is how it works here, there are always great associations, but then there are one, two, three wickets. It can happen very quickly.
“Playing for Glamorgan helped a lot. Playing against the ball that swings in different conditions, and just learning my game and learning to put great careers on the board definitely helped me and also increased my confidence.”
On Saturday, Labuschagne was hit on the hull and grate by wicket-keeper of Stuart Broad and Archer, and the latter also hit his grate at Lord’s.
But Labuschagne insisted that Saturday’s strikes were just “eye blows.”
Meanwhile, outcast Smith had his third run session in three days on Saturday and his first bat, facing knockdowns for 15 minutes.
He will continue to be assessed for a view to playing in the match of the three-day tour against Derbyshire from Thursday.