ENG vs AUS: Australia Beat England by 2 wickets in the Ashes 2023

In a sensational test match, Australia emerged victorious against England, securing a thrilling win by just 2 wickets. The match was a rollercoaster of twists, turns, and intense moments, leaving spectators in awe.

The Australian team pleasantly surprised everyone with their performance, snatching the victory away from the home team, England. It was a remarkable display of resilience and determination on Australia’s part. The outcome of the match truly exemplified the unpredictable nature of test cricket, keeping fans on the edge of their seats throughout.

The morning in Birmingham started with rain, setting the stage for an intriguing Day 5. Usman Khawaja and Scott Boland provided a steady but slow start for Australia. However, Moeen Ali dismissed Travis Head, who was attempting to take on the English bowlers, with a score of 16.

England’s skipper, Ben Stokes, later sent Khawaja back to the pavilion after his impressive century and half-century in the match. Alex Carey contributed 20 runs before falling victim to a catch and bowled by Joe Root.

Pat Cummins entered the crease, displaying aggression from the beginning and challenging the English bowlers. At this point, Australia seemed out of the game, needing 54 runs with only 2 wickets remaining. However, Nathan Lyon and Cummins were up for the challenge.

Lyon attacked the English bowlers swiftly, while Cummins held his ground. The equation became intense: Australia required 5 runs to win, while England needed 2 wickets. In a stylish fashion, Cummins secured the victory with a boundary towards the third man. Australia triumphed in the first Test of the Ashes, thanks to the leadership of their skipper.

Here are the playing XIs for both teams:

England Playing XI: Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson

Australia Playing XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland

It truly was a captivating match, filled with excitement and unpredictable moments that showcased the true essence of Test cricket.

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