After England’s thrilling victory at the oval, the 2023 Ashes finished in a 2-2 tie. Stuart Broad receives the ideal send-off in England’s final test match.
Australia opened the day 135-0 and needed to chase down 384 runs to win the Test series for the first time since 2001. And before the hosts stormed, they seemed favorites at 264-3 as Steve Smith still at the crease.
Before the storybook conclusion, they got to 329-8. Broad, who revealed on Saturday that he would be retiring after this Test, electrified the fans when he drew an edge from Todd Murphy.
Later, when he went in to bowl in response to the cheers, he dismissed Alex Carey with a nick through Bairstow, closure up an exciting Ashes match. And speaking afterwards, the 37-year-old was overcome with emotion as he praised his final day wearing whites. He then properly embraced his fiancee and daughter.
He told the BBC, “It was absolutely wonderful.” “I think Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali were incredible set the tone. Chris Woakes claimed a few wickets, including Steve Smith, who has always been a pleasure to play against.
Ashes 2023, Day 5 of the Fifth Test
When we finally had a couple, we really began to believe. The audience was astounding. We immediately got on the back of that since it was so loud. Two wickets for the team is a really noteworthy contribution. To take a wicket and win an Ashes Test match is quite cool because you never know when your last ball may come.
Another intriguing match threatened to actually fade out at one point due to heavy rain that caused play to be postponed for two hours in the afternoon. Usman Khawaja and David Warner were both bowled by Woakes in the morning session before Mark Wood removed Marnus Labuschagne.
The visitors took back control after a 95-point collaboration between Smith and Travis Head that covered both sides of the downpour. Ben Stokes seemed to catch Smith before instigating to inadvertently lose the ball as he moved to celebrate, but the DRS judgement did not disprove it. This disagreement occurred at another contentious point in the series.
However, Chris Woakes once more came through when it counted, getting Smith caught by Zak Crawley in the slips before Moeen Ali removed Mitchell Starc. And England was on the verge of collapse when the same bowling pair struck out Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, respectively.
And it was at that point that Broad triumphed one final time while wearing an England jersey, giving the thrilling five days the best possible conclusion. However, both teams may now look back with remorse. Broad admitted after the match that his team regretted not using the new ball sooner on the fifth day at Edgbaston, where Australia went on to win the Test by two wickets.
We drank the crowd’s enthusiasm: Stuart Broad
Unbelievably, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali set the tone, and once we took a few wickets, we started to believe. We definitely capitalized on the excitement of the audience, which was really loud. It was incredibly nice to contribute to the team and take a few wickets to close the Test match.
After a final day at the Oval that was filled with suspense and drama, Stuart Broad grabbed the crucial wicket with his final cricket ball, allowing England to save a drawn Ashes series with Australia.
World best stars on Broad Career after Ashes 2023
Soon, tributes to the celebrity poured in. Former all-rounder Ian Botham tweeted: “Stuart Broad….a fantastic career… a fantastic “Man” and a nice human being… You succeeded—it was predicted by the stars. Michael Vaughan stated, “He embodies the England shirt,” and he continued, “Broad bowled beautifully today; I don’t know why he’s quitting.” He performed really well.
“With cricket,” he continued, “I don’t have many regrets. At Edgbaston, I wouldn’t have taken the second new ball. The hardest situation to bowl has been the new ball throughout the whole series. After that, we had trouble making modifications. Whether I could go back in time for that crucial hour, I may have stuck with the original ball, kept it heavy and short, and checked to see whether they were mistaken. “It had to be Stuart Broad, it just had to be,” said Sir Alastair Cook.
Ashes 2023 Series draw is fair: Pat Cummins
2-2 seems about right to me. Two extremely top-notch teams. To be a part of that series was great. We have a great deal to be proud of in keeping The Ashes. In English circumstances, it is not an easy task to defeat a top-notch team.
“We fell just a little shy of the objective. We came here to take the Ashes. Unfortunately, a fantastic day was not to be.
Really pleased Ben Stokes, captain of England
The score of 2-2, in my opinion, accurately depicts how evenly the two teams competed. “I don’t think many teams would have been able to respond from 2-0 down [like we did],” said Australia, the World Test Champion side. I am really pleased of what everyone has accomplished.
Joe Root and Mitchell Starc were named the players of the series for their respective teams. Although Chris Woakes won the player of the match award.