The Ashes 2019 – Third Test: The Headingley Blog



The Third Test in Headingley starts this Thursday, 22nd August, and should be a cracking match.


You’re invited to present your thoughts for the coming Test. Why not start now, what changes, if any should be made to the team?


Add your comments during play on each day, and join in the discussions.


The fiery bowling by Jofra Archer, the felling of Steve Smith, and England nearly snatching an unlikely victory in the Second Test has added new dimensions to the Third Test.


Will the Aussies answer fire with fire?


What happens if Smith can’t play?


And with Bancroft and Warner’s opening positions looking tenuous will the Aussies make changes?


It is all set up to be a fascinating Test match.


Let’s hope there will be no rain!


Check out First Test Edgbaston Blog HERE

Check out Second Test Lord’s Blog HERE

A story from Bernard Whimpress you may find interesting

ER has a fabulous post about Steve Smith. Read it HERE


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  1. I hope our 11 is:


    At least Labuschagne tries.

  2. Smith ruled out so ML should slot in, gives us a lot and that replacement innings at Lord’s was full of guts. Best that Smith sits out, health before glory. Decent break before Manchester.

    Room for Jimmy and Starc? Can’t see both coming in unless the selectors want to manage Patty C and have him raging to go gung ho for the 4th and 5th with little turnaround time.

    Interesting decisions.

  3. Daryl Schramm says

    Well. A bit of a change in the mood here at the ground after 2 early wickets. Miserable day yesterday weather wise and outcome. Tough day for batting in every respect.

  4. Colin Ritchie says

    Bombers in front at half-time, so pleasant surprise to turn over to the cricket to find the Aussies doing well, very well indeed!

  5. Colin Ritchie says

    “This is turmoil, 34/4!” David Gower. Go Aussies!

  6. So far the Aussies, on day 2 that is, are having a rooty- toot- toot time of it. At the end of day 1 Warner admitted the Poms had, not only bowled well, but consistently put the ball in the right places. Well, in the morning session of day 2, that’s just what Paine’s lads have also done, claiming 6 wickets.

    What an enthralling match we have – which team with take a first innings lead – how will the Australian batmen counter Archer, Broad and co in the second innings? Will Lyon be required to weave his magic in England’s second innings? So many questions to be answered. It’s almost as exciting as the upcoming footy.

    Come on Aussies, come on. Oy, Oy, OY

  7. Keiran Croker says

    Spent most of the day touring in the Orkney Islands with no coverage to get cricket scores. I was blown away when I returned to my digs at John O’Groats to see the Poms routed for 67. Must have been a great day to be there. Though no complaints that I decided to go to the 1st Test ar Birmingham … I’ll remember that for a long time.

  8. Just turned on my PC to find the answers to some of the questions I posed at the lunch break before heading off to bed. Well I couldn’t believe what i just read. Poms all out for 67 meaning the Aussies led by over a hundred on the first innings.

    Obviously there’s plenty of time remaining (3 days – weather permitting) so we need to mount a bigger lead to feel comfortable. Anything could happen in the Poms second innings.

    Don’t crack open the Champers just yet. The Aussies must keep their feet firmly on the necks of the old enemy (never give a sucker an even break)

  9. David Zampatti says

    Was disappointed that the English got to 67 and thus robbed us of memories of the great Arthur Mailey and his personal 10 for 66.

    I look for any reason for Arthur to be remembered; he wasn’t Australia’s best leggie – no-one surpasses Grimmett and O’Reilly – but he was Australia’s most economical significant bowler of any persuasion, pipping my dear uncle Slasher Mackay for that status. I think he also wrote about cricket better than any Australian.

    Find the beautiful chapter from his 10 for 66 and All That where he describes the day he was selected to bowl to Trumper that ends with the finest line ever written about the game.

  10. DZ, you must be enjoying the result in Perth last evening. Here is an extract of 10 for 66 and All That which we publiished a while back:

  11. The job’s not done yet. Those pesky Poms have only got just over 200 to get and 2 days (weather permitting0 to grind them out. Conversely the Aussies must be patient and bowl (not knock them) out over the same period.

    Come on Aussie, come on..

  12. Daryl Schramm says

    If Root and Stokes are still batting an hour after the start today we might be in a bit of trouble. It has been a fascinating test match to witness. Weather good for batting. We are all running out of sunburn cream.

  13. Colin Ritchie says

    Early wickets the key! Line and length, just plug away at the stumps, take the chances and the game should be ours. Why have I got my fingers crossed???!!!!

  14. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    England are home. Plenty of time, Day 4 pitch. 197/4 right now.

  15. Colin Ritchie says

    Hmmm! Runs coming too easily!

  16. Daryl Schramm says

    Barstow has seized the initiative for England. We looked a bit ragged during the morning session. Gotta quieten that western stand..

  17. Don’t think I’ve seen a bigger sporting upset………………….since yesterday. It’s the hope that kills you.

  18. Peter Fuller says

    I was thinking of Headingley 1981. I also remembered Bradman’s (alleged) remark during McCabe’s innings at Trent Bridge 1938, when McCabe made 232 and carried Australia from 6/194 chasing England’s 8/658 declared. The great man called his players on to the balcony “Come and look at this; you’ll never see the like of it again.” I imagine Joe Root if he could dare to look would have said something similar to his team.

  19. Cricket writers from both countries now have egg on their faces as the Aussies snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  20. John Butler says

    Sublime inning. Sublime match.

    And it sets the series up perfectly.

  21. This test match was the perfect example of why I NEVER EVEN bet money on any sporting events (or anything else for that matter). A fool and his / her money are easily parted.

  22. Dear oh dear. Was it hubris in the Aussie camp? Extraordinary inning by Stokes. One to remember. That’s how you win a test match! Hazelwood and Co went into their shells.

  23. DBalassone says

    That missed run out was the cricket gods balancing things up after the Allan Donald run out in ’99.

    Staggering performance by Stokes – I’ve never seen anything like that.

    A lot will be made of Lyon’s fumble, the LBW not given, and the review wasted the previous over, but I wonder if the true turning point in this game was a misfield by Joe Denly the previous date. It caused Labuschange to scramble back for a second… and get run out. I wonder if he and Lyon could have added another 20 or 30 odd for the 9th wicket and put the game beyond reach. Ouuch!

  24. I could be excused for thinking that the Aussies have been watching replays of how the Adelaide Crows go about stuffing thing up with skill errors etc. Now that the series is all even, the 4th test is sure to have the Barmy Army in full voice again.

  25. Andrew Starkie says

    I can’t bare it.

  26. Andrew Starkie says



  27. Australia didn’t lose, Stokes, with incredible support from Leach won this game. The runs were one thing, the psychological unpicking of Australia’s grip on this match and the series was the masterstroke. It sets up the next Test beautifully.


  28. Andrew, I’m glad you didn’t bare it.Too many brass monkeys around lately.

  29. Daryl Schramm says

    DB I am with you on the run out on the fumble early day 3. Had we got to lunch England were out of the game. To me at the time, and on reflection, that was the catalyst for the theatre that followed.

  30. Colin Ritchie says


  31. A certain umpire needs to go to SPEC SAVERS

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