Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was in awe of the thrilling Test match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham. He highlighted how irrespective of the growing popularity of white-ball cricket Test cricket manages to throw up close games. 

The first match of the Ashes 2023 was right up in the ranks of one of the best games in the history of Test cricket. Both England and Australia kept challenging each other on all 5 days of the game and left no stone unturned in outclassing each other. 

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England batted first and continued their magnificent attacking approach and posted 393 runs. What caught the attention of many was, skipper Ben Stokes declared the innings with Joe Root still battling out with the score of unbeaten 118 runs. In response, Australia lost wickets at crucial junctures but Usman Khawaja kept them in the hunt and register a brilliant ton. 

The Australian opener scored 141 runs and took his side close to England’s total. Pat Cummins then led from the front and picked four wickets, making batting hard for the opposition. His resounding spell along with Nathan Lyon’s four wickets bundled out the hosts for 273 runs, setting themselves a target of 280 runs to chase. 

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England then put Australia under tremendous after they yet again removed David Warner, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne cheaply. But Usman Khawaja yet again held the fort and scored a gritty half-century. The Ben Stokes-led somehow managed to remove him along with other specialist batters and left the opposition tottering at 227/8. 

It seemed that England would pave their way to the win. But Pat Cummins (44*)  along with  Nathan Lyon (16*)  took charge and won the game. The duo stitched 50 plus partnership and helped their side take a lead of 1-0. 

Ashes 2023: “There Is A Reason Test Cricket Will Remain The Greatest Test For A Player,” Virender Sehwag Impressed By Thrilling End To Edgbaston Test 

The game between England and Australia kept everyone on their toes including Virender Sehwag who was nothing but all praise for the close thrilling encounter. He said that such close games over the last 5-6  years prove why Test cricket will remain the greatest test for the players. Taking to his Twitter account, he stated: 

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“The number of close games Test cricket has thrown up in the last 5-6 years is simply amazing. Not many T20 I’s and except the 2019 World Cup final , hardly such edge of the seat stuff in ODI cricket. There is a reason Test cricket will remain the greatest test for a player. To many more close games across formats.” 

 

The second Test of the Ashes 2023 is slated to take place at Lord’s in London. The game is scheduled to be taken place on 28th June.

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