Ashes 2023: "They Score So Quickly" - Glenn McGrath Backs England To Win The Test Match At Headingley

Updated - 09 Jul 2023, 12:30 PM

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Former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath believes that England will have the upper hand on Day 4 of the third Test in the ongoing Ashes series. Glenn McGrath also expressed confidence in Australia’s chances of winning the match if their bowlers can consistently hit the right areas.

The English bowlers had a strong performance on Day 3 at Headingley, dismissing the opposition for 224 runs. England scored 27 without losing a wicket at the end of the day’s play. The Ben Stokes-led team needed to score 224 runs to secure their first win in the series and make it 2-1.

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Still Enough In This Pitch For The Australians – Michael Vaughan

Speaking to BBC Sport’s Test Match Daily, Glenn McGrath stated that Australia can produce 10 chances to bowl out the opposition.

“The thing is, they score so quickly, so Australia need to be on their game first thing tomorrow, see what the overhead conditions are going to be like. I think that’ll probably play a big part in what happens, but there’s still enough in this pitch for the Australians,” McGrath said.

“If we get enough balls in the right area, I think we can create 10 chances. The fact that they put on 54 for the last two (wickets) was a bit of a bonus – 250, it’s there for Australia, but the way England bat, they love chasing, it’s theirs for the taking,” he added.

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They’re Going To Have Enough To Chase Down – Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that the hosts can chase down the target unless there is an extraordinary collapse. Michael Vaughan pointed out England’s success in run-chasing.

“England should have enough. In the last year, they’ve chased a total like this and more four times, so they’re a good chasing side. They know how to do it. Australia will be hoping that the clouds are around,” Vaughan said.

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“I don’t think the forecast is for too many clouds. I think there’ll be a bit of blue sky. Unless England make a lot of mistakes, and they have that in them too, I think they’re going to have enough to chase down this target,” he added.

The England team have shown their capability to successfully chase down high scores in the past, including their highest run-chase of 378 against India at Edgbaston last year.

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