Sensational Crawley ton gives England hope of levelling Ashes

MANCHESTER, England: A sensational 189 from opener Zak Crawley helped England reach a superb 384-4 on a remarkable second day of the fourth Ashes test on Thursday (Jul 20), with the hosts storming past Australia’s first-innings total to lead by 67.

With the weekend weather forecast promising rain, England know they are in a race against time to get the win they need to level the series and they produced a blistering display of aggressive shotmaking that was too hot for a shellshocked Australia.

After taking the final two wickets to bowl Australia out for 317 at the start of the day, Crawley, ably supported by Moeen Ali (54) and Joe Root (84), became the series’ top runscorer with his huge knock.

England’s hero from the last test, Harry Brook, and captain Ben Stokes kept the boundaries flowing to extend the lead and they will look to ramp things up even more on Friday as England look to secure a quick-fire success.


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