The third Test match of the Ashes 2023 series is being played at the Headingley ground in Leeds. This test match was very special for Steve Smith. Because, this was Smith’s 100th Test match. However, Smith could not make a different impression in the 100th Test match. England spinner Moeen Ali shined in this special match of Smith. Moeen scored a unique double century in this match. Let’s know about his record…
Moeen Ali completes 200 Test wickets
The Australian team entered the field with a lead of 26 runs in the second innings of the third Test. Australia’s second innings got off to a disappointing start. Australia lost their first wicket in the form of David Warner on 11 runs on the second ball of the third over. This wicket was taken by Stuart Broad. Australia then lost their second wicket for 68 runs in the form of Marnus Labuschagne off the second ball of the 26th over. Interestingly, this wicket was taken by Moeen Ali. It was his 199th Test wicket. Moeen Ali then bowled Steve Smith, playing his 100th Test, on the fourth ball of the 28th over when he was caught by Ben Duckett and walked towards the tent. Thus Moeen Ali completed 200 Test wickets.
— ICC (@ICC) July 7, 2023
Moeen Ali’s record too
Moeen Ali’s name was included among the batsmen who scored more than 2500 runs with 200 wickets for England team. Moeen became the fourth England player to take 200 wickets and more than 2500 runs. Stuart Broad tops the list. He has taken 596 wickets in Tests and scored 3640 runs while batting. Following this is Sir Ian Botham. He scored 5200 runs while batting with 383 wickets in Tests. Andrew Flintoff is third on the list. He has 218 wickets and 3795 runs while batting. In addition, now Moeen Ali is sitting at the fourth position. Apart from taking 200 wickets, he has also scored 2972 runs while batting. Meanwhile, 5 centuries are also included in his name.
England players to take 200 wickets and more than 2500 runs in Tests
Stuart Broad- 596 wickets and 3640 runs
Sir Ian Botham- 383 wickets and 5200 runs
Andrew Flintoff- 218 wickets and 3795 runs
Moeen Ali- 200 wickets and 2972 runs*
Australia’s game up to 36 overs
Australia team has lost 4 wickets by scoring 91 runs in 36 overs in the second innings of this match. Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Marnus Labuschein and Steve Smith are among the four wicket takers. Australia team is leading by 116 runs with 26 runs in the first innings. After the 36th over, Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh are on the pitch. Now it will be important to see what changes in the score from here on. (cricketer Moeen Ali dismissed Steve Smith to complete 200 wickets in Test cricket career)
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