Opener Zak Crawley scored a superb, stunning, and magnificent knock of 189 runs in 182 balls with the help of 21 fours and 3 six. Woakes took his maiden 5 wicket hall, Australia 317

Zak Crawley's explosive hundred of 189 runs put England in a strong position.
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     Key highlights: [ 1 ] Opener Zak Crawley scored a superb, stunning, and magnificent knock of 189 runs in 182 balls with the help of 21 fours and 3 six.

                         [ 2 ] Woakes took five wickets, Australia all out at 317 runs.
A five-wicket haul for Chris Woakes and that will be the end of Australia’s first innings. Wonderful bowling from Woakes and this will be a special one

                      [ 3 ] Moeen Ali creates a record
Moeen Ali reaches a milestone with 3000 Test runs and not to forget his 200 Test wickets. The batsman is making the most of the opportunity in his No.3 position.

     Opener Zak Crawley delivered a superb explosive batting performance, a star for England scorecard, and magnificent 189 runs off 182 deliveries with the help of 21 fours and 3 six putting England in a commanding position against Australia as hosts [ ENGLND ] were 384-4 at the stumps of day 2 with a vital lead of 67 runs of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday, July 20, 2023.

     This is Crawley’s 4th test century, With an eye on rain forecast in Manchester on the 4th and 5th days of the match, Crawley led England’s batting charge from the front, and hit a sensational maiden Ashes century in just 93 balls with the help of 12 fours and a six, as Australia was left rattled by the opener’s blazing knock.

     In the second session [post-lunch] England scored  178 runs, with a loss of one wicket as Moeen Ali, England’s run rate was a stunning 7.16, making it the most runs a session has seen in the ongoing series. Crawley and Root combined at the fall of Ali’s wicket, as it set the base for the match swinging in England’s favor.

     The 100-run partnership is up between Crawley and Root in just 82 balls and this has kept England ahead of Australia with Crawley being the Captain of the boat. 178 runs in 25 overs come from the post-lunch session of day 2 with a run rate of above 7 RPO.

    in the second or post-lunch session, the two Zak Crawley and Joe Root put Australia’s attack under immense pressure with frequent hits to the fence. The double-century stand came at over run-a-ball before Crawley was eventually dismissed for 189 by Cameron Green. Root fell soon after with Josh Hazlewood’s delivery not bouncing much and castling him.

    Crawley and Root scored  206 runs off just 178 balls, making it the double-century partnership with the highest recorded run rate in Test history. they both pass their own teammates Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes. who have added 399 runs in 346 balls. There have only been six double-century partnerships recorded at over run-a-ball with Crawley himself involved in another last year in Pakistan when he and Ben Duckett put on 233 off 214 balls in Rawalpindi.

     Crawley’s strike rate of 103.85 is the second-highest in an Ashes innings of 150 or more runs. Legendary Australia wicketkeeper-batter Adam Gilchrist holds the top spot with his 152 off 143 balls at Edgbaston 2001 coming at a strike-rate of 106.29. The magnificent 189 by Crawley is also the fourth-highest score by an England opener in a home Ashes Test.

     The aggressive approach of the English batsman has finally reaped rewards for them and are looking good to make it 2-2 by winning this Test match.

    A partnership of 121 runs between Crawley and Moeen Ali ended with the dismissal of Ali. Stark broke this partnership for his team Crawley took the momentum on his head as the crowd was treated to an enthralling display of Test cricket in the Baseball style. England’s first 100 took 22.1 overs. The second 100 took 13.2 overs.

Fastest Ashes Test Hundreds For England

1 : Gilbert Jessop

2 : Ian Botham:

3 : Ian Botham:

4 : Zac Crawley

76 balls,

86 balls,

86 balls,

93 balls,

The Oval








Crawley scored 73 runs in 76 balls
image by Wisden

Fastest Double Century Partnerships in Run Rate Test Cricket History

Players and Partnership score

1. Zac Crawley and Joe Root

Run Rate

206 in 178 balls with an average of 6.94

Opposition and Venue

Australia, in Manchester



2. Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes

399 runs in 306 deliveries with an average of 6.91

South Africa, Cape Town


3. Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden

233 runs in 203 balls with an average of 6.88

Zimbabwe Perth


4. Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett.

233 runs in 214 balls with an average of 6.53

Pakistan, Rawalpindi


5. Joe Burns and David Warner

237 runs in 226 balls with an average of 6.29

Newzealand, Brisbane


6. A B de Villers and Graeme Smith

217 runs in 209 balls with an average of 6.22

Zimbabwe, Capetown


Moeen Ali Create a record

Moeen Ali spotted at no.3.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Moeen Ali of England during Day Three of the LV= Insurance Ashes 1st Test match between England and Australia at Edgbaston on June 18, 2023 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

     Moeen Ali justified himself by being slotted on number three with a knock of 54 in 82 deliveries with 7 fours before Mitchell Starc took him out Crawley led a partnership of 121 from 152 balls with Moeen Ali, Crawley, and Joe Root (84 runs off 95 balls) joining forces to hit a jaw-dropping 178 runs from 25 overs in an extraordinary show of stroke-play in the second session, as England was the boss of today’s play, leaving Australia way behind

Stuart Broad on his career milestone

     “A few hugs and handshakes from staff who’ve been in the changing room longer than me. A nice ring getting my 600th pole at the James Anderson End. A very special feeling. I went past Glenn McGrath who was my hero growing up at the Oval last summer. It’s a sign of longevity, I’m addicted to Test cricket. As a youngster, I remember getting my cap from Sir Ian Botham in Colombo, I wanted to win big series in that cap. I feel very lucky to have played in some great teams along the way.”

completed 150 wicket against Australia.
image by India Today

    In the morning session, James Anderson dismissed Pat Cummins on the first delivery of the day before Chris Woakes got his fifth wicket by taking out Josh Hazlewood to wrap Australia’s innings on 317.

    After Ben Duckett fell early to Starc, Crawley, and Ali took England to 61-1 at lunch. Ali also became the 16th men’s Test cricketer to reach the landmark of 3000 runs and 200 wickets.

    At the end of day 2 England was in the commanding position, where Harry Brook [ 14* ] and Ben Stokes [ 24* ] resume the match on the third day.

     Score summary: Australia 317 (Marnus Labuschagne 51, Mitchell Marsh 51, Chris Woakes 5-62, Stuart Broad 2-68) trail  England 384-4 (Zak Crawley 189, Joe Root 84; Mitchell Starc 2-74) by 67 runs.

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