Joe Root and Joe Denly Keep Australia at Bay While England Recovered To Keep Hopes Alive Winning Third Test
England skipper Joe Root and his fellow Joe Denly struggling hard to avoid a three-day defeat in the third test after Australia threatened another ash defeat at Headingley on Saturday. Root and Denly keep Australia at bay as England struggled at 15-2 but recovered at 90-2 at the moment.
When Australia took two early wickets in four balls to leave England 15-2, it seemed that another dramatic collapse was on the cards after the collapsing at 67 of the hosts, their lowest total of ashes since 1948, in the first innings.
But at third-day tea, England recovered at 90-2. Joe Root, with a pair, was 41 not out and Denly 30 was not out with his third wicket spot so far for a worth of 75 runs.
England still needed another 269 races to reach an unlikely target of 359 and with 39 leftovers in the day, there was time for them to be eliminated before the slabs.
But at least they were making Australia work for a victory that would see them retain lead at 2-0 with two to play in a five-match series. Surrey’s openers, Rory Burns and Jason Roy, fell shortly after lunch.
Left-hander Burns (seven) overcame a Pat Cummins installment to David Warner on the first slip before Roy, yet to convince as the opener of the test, played the wrong line to Josh Hazlewood, who took 5-30 in the first innings and was stunned.
Root, with a pair, came off the mark with a player of three Hazlewood speedboats to the delight of his Yorkshire fans in a sun-drenched crowd.
Joe Denly, the only batter from England to reach doubles figures in the first innings with 12, played repeatedly and missed on both sides being hit in the head by a Cummins gorilla.
But both he and Root were applied in an increasingly slower pitch that was making life difficult for Australia’s rhythm attack.
And there was a big ovation from the crowd when Root’s controlled hook in front of Hazlewood raised a fifty-way partnership with Denly.
– Odds in the favor of Australia –
The odds remained very favorable for Australia, as only three teams won more than 300 in the fourth entry of a Test at Headingley – Australia (404-3 in 1948), England (315-4 against Australia, 2001) and the West Indies with 322-5 years ago Two years.
Previously, Marnus Labuschagne missed an inaugural test of a hundred, as it scored high with 80 in Australia’s second inning 246.
It was his third consecutive fifty since becoming the inaugural substitute for the worldwide concussion in place of star batsman Steve Smith during the Lord’s second test.
Australia resumed in 171-6 with Labuschagne 53 not after making 74, seven more than England achieved between them, in the first innings.
Labuschagne drove Stuart Broad to get a textbook with additional coverage of four to reach 60 only to drop the next ball when wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow threw a one-handed shot toward Root on the first slip, the third time Labuschagne was suspended at his entrances.
Labuschagne had passed to 70 when, as happened with his second ball at Lord’s, he was hit on the hull grille by a Jofra Archer goalkeeper.
But after being examined by the Australian team’s doctor, Labuschagne overcame an 88 mph (141 kph) Archer gorilla for four.
Labuschagne was not 74 when Cummins’ dismissal left Australia 226-8. But instead of being denied a century in its seventh test for lack of partners, the South African-born batter ran out of strength.
Labuschagne ignored the old “never run in the wrong field” rule when Denly groped the third man and then failed to beat Bairstow for a shot when his valuable 187-ball innings with eight fours came to an end.