Former England captain Michael Vaughan lauded Travis Head for his resilient half-century in Australia’s second innings during the third Test at Headingley in Leeds. Michael Vaughan emphasized the importance of Travis Head’s partnership with Todd Murphy towards the end of the innings.
Australia started the day with 114-4 after the opening two sessions were washed out due to rain. Chris Woakes made an impact by dismissing Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey in quick succession. Mark Wood and Stuart Broad picked up two wickets each to bowl out the opposition for 224 runs.
Travis Head scored 77 runs off 112 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes. The left-handed batter added a crucial 41-run partnership with Murphy for the ninth wicket. The southpaw helped the Australia team extend the lead to 250 runs.
The Ball Was Swinging Around – Michael Vaughan
In a conversation with Cricbuzz, Michael Vaughan questioned England’s bowling strategy, stating that they could’ve bowled fuller to utilize overcast conditions.
“Travis Head batted like Ben Stokes just for a brief spell. Todd Murphy came there and hung around, that was a key partnership,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
“Was it worth for England to pitch the ball up to Travis Head? Because the ball was swinging around. But they’ve gone for this short ball theory because they think they can get him out and keep him quiet,” he added.
It Was Working Till That Stage – Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan believes that the short-ball tactic employed by England worked effectively until the wicket of Todd Murphy.
“It wasn’t really until Todd Murphy arrived that he really started to hit the boundaries. So it ( short ball theory) was working till that stage,” he concluded.
England are in a favorable position to claim their first victory of the Ashes 2023 series as their openers, Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett, played the last 25 minutes of play without losing a wicket. England scored 27 runs in 5 overs, leaving them with a target of 224 runs to win the Test match.