Last Update on: July 24th, 2023 at 11:19 am
Former Australia captain Aaron Finch has taken a sly dig at the English cricket fraternity over their meltdown after the fourth Ashes Test was washed out. The washout means Australia will retain the Ashes once again.
With the series 2-1 in Australia’s favor, England needed to win the fourth Test in Manchester to keep their Ashes hopes alive and force a decider in the fifth and final Test. The Ben Stokes-led side remained on top throughout the Test before rain dashed their hopes.
The fourth day saw just 30 overs being bowled while the fifth day was completely washed out as the Test ended in a draw. Prior to the wash out, Australia were well on the back foot and were looking destined to lose the game before rain helped them earn a draw.
In the first innings, England bowled out Australia for just 317 runs with Chris Woakes taking 5 wickets for 62 runs. In reply, the home side scored a mammoth total of 592 runs to take a massive 275-run lead.
Opener Zak Crawley led England’s charge with the bat, scoring 189 off just 182 balls while Jonny Bairstow smashed an unbeaten 99 off just 81 balls. Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Harry Brook, and Ben Stokes also scored fifties for the hosts.
Aaron Finch takes a dig at England:
In the second innings too, Australia made a poor start with the bat and were reeling at 108 for 4 before a century from Marnus Labuschagne’s century helped them cross the 200-run mark. Australia were on 214 for 5, trailing England by 61 runs before rain brought a premature end to the game.
The English cricket fraternity has gone into a meltdown after the disappointing end to the Test. And Aaron Finch could not stop himself from taking a dig at England after coming across a news piece that highlighted England greats’ disappointment. Taking a brutal dig, the former Australia captain tweeted: “With the Test ending in a draw and ending England’s hopes of reclaiming the urn, the English fraternity ex”
“Apologies… Pat and the team had control over the weather 🥱🙄”
Apologies… Pat and the team had control over the weather 🥱🙄 https://t.co/7H6UlwRP0y
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) July 24, 2023