Australia and England have the oldest rivalry in the history of cricket. While there is the India and Pakistan rivalry or the India versus Australia rivalry, but nothing beats the age old feud between England and Australia. Last time England won the Ashes was in 2015 under Alastair Cook. The Australians since then have won three times under Steve Smith, Tim Paine and Pat Cummins.
The story as it happened –
Ben Stokes won the toss and chose to bat first as the sun beat down on Edgbaston. The English team had already named their XI a day before the match could start. The Australians went into the game with one change as Hazlewood came in for Mitchell Starc. The rest of the team was the same that beat India in the World Test Championship final last week.
Ben Stokes is shocked with the start to the series –
Last time England and Australia played each other, Mitchell Starc had left Rory Burns stunned by dismissing him for a 1st ball duck. The anticipation in the crowd was high as Pat Cummins ran in to bowl and bowled to Zak Crawley as the tall English opener slammed his foot and hit a crunching drive for a four off the first ball of the series. even captain Ben Stokes was shocked with the start and the quality of shot played.
England get off to a quick start before Hazlewood strikes –
Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley have been the English openers since Brendon McCullum took over. Ben Duckett had scored a career best test ton in his last game against Ireland. The left hander from Durham was looking good on 12 off 10 balls with 2 fours. That’s when Hazlewood broke the 22 run stand caught behind by Alex Carey as Duckett went for a cut shot close to his body.
England XI – Z. Crawley, B. Duckett, O. Pope, J. Root, H. Brook, B. Stokes, J. Bairstow, M. Ali, S. Broad, O. Robinson and J. Anderson
Australia XI – D. Warner, U. Khawaja, M.Labuschagne, S. Smith, T. Head, C. Green, A. Carey, P. Cummins, N. Lyon, S. Boland, J. Hazlewood
Twitter reacts –
The blazing start by Crawley had every cricket fan up on his feet and you can read th3e best reactions on Twitter.
Zak Crawley pic.twitter.com/bihTuIhT0u— George (@Gs20395) June 16, 2023
Mad that. Zak Crawley under pressure. Faces 1st ball and crashed it away from 4...🤣 #Ashes2023— Andrew Webb (@THENUNEATONFOX) June 16, 2023
Pundits: BaZbaLl wOn’T WoRK iN tHE AshEs— Michael Jordan Carnall (@CarnallMichael) June 16, 2023
Zak Crawley: https://t.co/kS69v9PP4f
Has there ever been a more commanding statement of intent at the start of an Ashes series?— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 16, 2023
Brilliant by Crawley. https://t.co/HeGAtTBxGD