The much-anticipated third Test match of the Ashes 2023 kicked off on Thursday, July 06 at Headingley, Leeds. Winning the toss, the England captain Ben Stokes elected to bowl first on a track that displayed a touch of green, offering assistance to the fast bowlers.
The decision proved to be a masterstroke as England’s seasoned campaigner, Stuart Broad, struck gold on the fifth delivery of the opening over, dismissing David Warner and giving England an early breakthrough.
Notably, this dismissal holds significance as it marks the 16th time Stuart Broad has sent David Warner back to the pavilion in a Test match. The Australian opener now stands fourth in the list of most dismissals against a particular bowler in Tests.
Warner joins England great Graham Gooch on the fourth position, who was also dismissed 16 times by legendary West Indies seamer Malcolm Marshall in his Test career.
Leading the list of most dismissals by a particular bowler, former England batter Michael Atherton holds both the top position and the third spot (twice).
Atherton fell victim to the impeccable bowling of Glenn McGrath a staggering 19 times, while the legendary West Indian duo of Sir Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh claimed his wicket on 17 occasions each.
Mark Wood’s Fiery Spell Leaves Australia Reeling
In terms of the match itself, England had a successful day as they managed to bowl out Australia for a total of 263 runs on the opening day. Mark Wood, making a remarkable comeback to test cricket, took a five-wicket haul.
Joining him in making an impact on his return, Chris Woakes picked up three wickets, while Stuart Broad contributed with two wickets.
At the time of writing, England’s scoreboard reads 18, having lost one wicket in 3.2 overs. Ben Duckett fell prey to Pat Cummins, the captain of the Australian team, after contributing just two runs from six balls.