Michael Vaughan warns England
For the time being, England are happy that they haven’t lost the Ashes as the game is still on. There is no hiding to the fact that Australia were by far the dominant force in the Ashes series and even International Cricket Council (ICC) posted a tweet congratulating Australia for clinching the Ashes even before the outcome of the third Test.
However, Ben Stokes played the best knock of his life as he managed to take his team into the comfort zone with his stellar 135* knock as England clinched a 1-wicket thriller over Australia.
Stokes was too good on the pitch. He smashed 11 fours and 8 sixes in his big knock had it not been for his resilience, England would have lost the plot early on in the game.
It’s because of Stokes’ grit and determination, England managed to claw back to stay alive in the series as it stands 1-1 now. Ben Stokes’ match-winning performance was titled as the “best I’ve seen in over 50 years” by former England opener Geoffrey Boycott.
The former England skipper expects a great fightback from Australia in the fourth Test, the highlight is Steve Smith who is expected to make a rebound from a concussion which he picked during the 2nd Test off Jofra Archer’s brutal bouncer.
“They’re Australian cricketers, they’re tough sportspeople,” Michael Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
“They’ll be hurting for a few days, they’ll have a game at Derby and all of a sudden they’ll be back at Old Trafford knowing if they win one of those two games they’ll retain the Ashes.”
Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson also believes that Australia had done much to win the match and went on to concede the fact that it was just a sensational innings that denied them from glory.
“They bowled enough good balls but it probably wasn’t as consistent as it has been throughout this Test match for them,” Mitchell Johnson told Cricinfo.
“The day will be disappointing for them but you’ve got to give credit as well to what Ben Stokes has done.”