The 2019 edition of the Ashes is currently level at 1-1 with the fourth and penultimate Test currently underway at the Old Trafford in Manchester. However, the visitors, led by Tim Paine, presently are in with the upper hand. After the end of play on the fourth day, the Brits need a mammoth 365 runs with eight wickets in hand. It goes without saying that they need to play out of their skins.
In the fag end of the fourth day, Pat Cummins jolted the Three Lions with a couple of body blows. The speedster removed opening batsman Rory Burns for a duck in the very first over of the run-chase to draw first blood. In the very next ball, he cleaned up Joe Root, the English skipper, for a golden duck. England weren’t even off the mark after the loss of the two early wickets.
Michael Vaughan hopes for England to evade the defeat
Joe Denly and Jason Roy are in the middle and the home team needs something extraordinary in order to save themselves from a loss. Amidst the tough situation, Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, hasn’t lost hopes at all. He is hoping for his team’s comeback in the final day. He brought forth the examples of the 2019 World Cup final and the Headingley Test.
In the World Cup, Ben Stokes guided the Brits to victory in the final. England got over the line on the basis of boundary count. As far as the Headingley Test is concerned, it again was Stokes, who was in the firing line. The left-hander assisted his side to it’s highest ever run-chase in Test cricket.
Even as wickets went down from the other end, Stokes didn’t lose his cool by any stretch of the imagination. He played expertly with the tail and got England to victory by a mere one wicket. The New Zealand-born was also involved in a 50-plus partnership for the last wicket with Jack Leach.
Expressing his optimism, Vaughan took to Twitter and wrote, “World Cup Final Sunday miracle … Headingley Sunday miracle … Anyone fancy a Old Trafford Sunday miracle … !!!!! #Ashes #OnOn.”
Here is Michael Vaughan’s tweet
World Cup Final Sunday miracle … Headingley Sunday miracle … Anyone fancy a Old Trafford Sunday miracle … !!!!! 👀 #Ashes #OnOn
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 8, 2019
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