Ashes 2023 [Twitter reactions]: Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon shine as Australia pack England to set up a 281-run target to win Edgbaston Test
It’s all set, Australia have bundled out England for 273 in their second innings and now they need 281 runs to win the ongoing first Ashes Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Senior batter Joe Root displayed his intentions clearly on the fourth day by playing aggressively and forging a quick 50-run partnership with Ollie Pope in just 47 deliveries. As the game progressed, Pope departed after a decent start, but Harry Brook ensured that the momentum did not wane. Root and Brook then combined for a 52-run partnership in 49 balls, driving England’s innings forward.
Unfortunately for the hosts, both batters fell just four runs short of their respective half-centuries before the Lunch break. After the break, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow took charge and steadied the ship with a 46-run partnership for the sixth wicket. However, the departure of Stokes, who scored a valuable 43 runs, triggered a flurry of wickets for England at regular intervals.