England have taken a 2-1 lead in the Ashes series after a mesmerising performance in the third test at Edgbaston. The series now heads to Trent Bridge for the crucial fourth test as England look to wrap up the series and lift the famous urn. Eventmasters are delighted to offer official Trent Bridge hospitality packages for this epic encounter, from inside the excellent Sobers Hall facility.
After Australia won the toss and decided to bat it looked like England would be in for a long few days, but led by Jimmy Anderson the hosts bowling attack ripped through the Aussies batting line-up. In just 36 overs England dismissed Australia for 136, with the only real resistance coming from Chris Rogers who scored yet another half-century.
Anderson finished with his best figures in an Ashes match with 6-47 and England were firmly in command. England were slow out of the blocks in reply, with Adam Lyth removed early on before Alastair Cook also departed for 34. It was Ian Bell who’s place in the side is under immense pressure, led the fightback on his home ground with timely 53. Joe Root was in superb touch again with 63, while Moeen Ali scored 59 as England ended their innings on 281. Australia were once again undone by superb bowling by Steven Finn who took 6-79.
Michael Clarke’s side were quickly reduced to 92-5 despite David Warner’s 77. Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc offered the tourists some hope scoring 59 and 58 respectively, but their final score of 265 left England just 121 runs to win.
It took Cook’s side just 32 overs to reach their total, with 65 from Bell and 38 from Root helping England secure victory inside three days. It was a remarkable turnaround after the second test where England were totally outplayed.
Now they have all the momentum ahead of the crucial fourth test at Trent Bridge and they will be hoping to wrap up a series win in front of Trent Bridge hospitality packages guests.
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