After losses in the first two Tests of the Ashes 2023, England made a comeback in the series with a win in another thrilling match, by 3 wickets in the third Test at Headingley.
England have kept the Ashes series alive with a thrilling victory in Leeds, the series now stands 2-1 with two Tests to go. Ben Stokes’ side also opened their account on the WTC 2023/25 cycle points table with this exciting finish at Headingley.
This Ashes 2023 series is the first series among all teams in the WTC 2023/25 cycle. Australia won the first two Tests before England won their first. Both the teams were also docked 2 points each from the Edgbaston Test as penalty for slow-over rate.
Here’s the updated WTC points table after England vs Australia 3rd Test:
WTC points system Distribution:
12 points for a win
4 points for each team in case of a draw
6 points for each team for a tie
On Day 1, Australia looked in command, after being inserted in by Ben Stokes, when they were 240/4 with Mitchell Marsh hammering a century, playing in his first Test since the 2019 Ashes. However, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes ran through the Aussie lower-middle-order and tail to bowl them out for 263.
Ben Stokes’ heroics then chiseled down Australia’s lead to 26. Australia couldn’t really get going in their second innings, and it was only because of Head’s late assault that they set up a target of 251 for England, which the hosts got with 3 wickets hand, courtesy of a half-century from Harry Brook and good knocks from Crawley, Woakes and Wood in the end.
Mark Wood was named the Player of the Match. The fiery fast bowler took 7 wickets in the match and also made significant contributions with the bat, scoring 24 (8) and 16*(8).
When is the 4th Ashes Test?
The 4th Test of the Ashes 2023 will be played from July 19 at Old Trafford, Manchester.