The Australian team also won the second match in a row in the Ashes 2023. Australia won the Lord’s Test match between the two teams on Sunday (July 2). England lost the match, but their captain Ben Stokes deserved praise. Stokes made a storming 155 in the last innings. Former Indian captain and legendary batsman Virat Kohli was also seen to be influenced by Stokes’ innings.
This second Test match between England and Australia (ENG vs AUS) was very exciting. England were given a target of 371 runs to win, while they needed 257 runs on the final day. Ben Stokes and Ben Duckett opened the innings on the last day. At that time Stokes was on the pitch with 29* and Duckett 50*. The first wicket of the last day was lost in the form of a duck. He has scored 83 individual runs. Ben Stokes scored 155 runs. Fans thought that Stokes would lead England to victory. However, in the 73rd over of the innings, he was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood off wicketkeeper Alex Carey.
Stokes also hit Cameron Greene for three sixes in the 56th over of the innings. Stokes is widely praised for this storming innings. Virat Kohli also praised him on his official Twitter account. Virat wrote, “I wasn’t kidding…Ben Stokes is the biggest rival I’ve ever played against. He played an amazing innings, but right now the Australian team is in good form.”
I wasn’t joking about calling Ben Stokes the most competitive bloke I’ve played against. Innings of the highest quality but Australia is too good at the moment 👍
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 2, 2023
The performance of the Australian bowlers was also stormy in the last innings. Captain Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood took three wickets each. Cameron Greene got a wicket. Considering the overall match, after winning the toss, England chose to bowl first. In the first innings, Australia scored 416 runs, while England scored 325 runs. Leading in the first innings, Australia lost all wickets in the second innings for 279 runs. With a target of 371 runs for victory, the England team could only reach 327 runs in the last innings. (Virat Kohli praises Ben Stokes)
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