The third test of the Ashes proved to be a real spectacle (no pun intended!). While wiping his glasses, Jack Leach hung on with Ben Stokes towards the end to give England a sensational one-wicket win. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the epic third Ashes test:
1) Superb Stokes
What can be said about Ben Stokes? He was simply outstanding in this match. First, he took crucial wickets with the ball in the second innings. Then, he batted out of his skin to ensure that England chase down the biggest target in their test history. His 135* will be remembered as one of the best innings ever.
2) 67 All Out
In their first innings, England were shot out for just 67 runs. This was yet another score under 100 for the Englishmen. They have made it a habit in recent months. However, they batted much better in the second innings, and ultimately got the win. Nevertheless, they need to address these batting collapses as soon as possible.
3) Marvellous Marnus
Marnus Labuschagne was not an automatic pick for Australia in this series. But he has proved to be indispensable for them. The rest of their top order has been extremely inconsistent, but Labuschagne has continued his superb form with the bat. If Steve Smith is fit for the next test, it will be interesting to see whether Labuschagne is retained.
To sum up, the test was an epic battle that will be remembered for years to come. The way the match ebbed and flowed; it could have gone either way. But Ben Stokes was determined to win it for his team, and so he did. The Ashes is nicely poised at 1-1 with two matches to go.