Ashes 2023: Is England nearing towards another clean sweep or will they fightback?

Ashes 2023

Pat Cummins led Australia have successfully defeated hosts England in the 2nd Ashes 2023 Test at the iconic Lord’s. The Aussies continued their red-hot form and the momentum they picked up in the 1st Test win at Edgbaston by just 2 wickets.

They have now made the job even more difficult for Ben Stokes‘ England who are searching for an Ashes series win after disappointing last 3 editions. The last time England won the Ashes was when Alastair Cook was the Captain. Under his Captaincy, the Three Lions last won the series in 2015 by 3-2 on home soil.

Since then England’s best performance has been a 2-2 draw in 2019 with Australia winning in 2017/18 & 2021/22 by a one-sided margin of 4-0 both times. While England is looking to avoid a consecutive clean sweep, it seems as if their revolutionary brand of cricket is taking them to another embarrassing humbling.

The popularized Bazball is yet to put Australia in an uncomfortable position and as a matter of fact, the visitors do not even bother to care about it. It was visible when Nathan Lyon walked out to bat with an injured leg and a heart of true Lion.

It was Ben Stokes’ decision to bowl first and it ended up on Australia’s favor. David Warner scored 66 to start off and then Steve Smith added his 2nd Test century at Lord’s with Travis Head scoring 77 before getting all out for 416.

The English middle-order must step up to save Ashes 2023

England’s response seemed fearless but it could have been even better or flawless. Zak Crawley missed out an half-century by 2 runs and his partner Ben Duckett missed out from a Century by 2 runs as well. After them only Harry Brook scored a 50 to end up with 325 runs.

Australia then posted 371 as the target. Ben Duckett and Ben Stokes were the only 2 batters that got going. The former departed for 83 while the skipper played out a brilliant 155 off 214 but apparently they were the only ones who applied Bazball.

The other batters were blazed off by the pacey trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. During the previous Ashes edition at the land down under, Australia were ahead by 2-0 and they tripled it before winning the last test. Can they make it 5-0 this time or will England comeback from the dead?