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England's Monumental Feat: A Historic Rare Achievement in Test Cricket Against Australia After 146 Years

With England in a strong position to win the fourth Test against Australia in Manchester and tie the series at 2-2, the Bazball finally fell off completely in the ongoing Ashes series. England's confidence in opener Zak Crawley finally paid off as the opener hit a quickfire 189 to pin the Australians back after bowling out Australia for 375 on a favorable Old Trafford pitch. The likes of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, who had an unbroken 99, Harry Brook, and captain Ben Stokes, all of whom had fifty-plus scores, then contributed to the hosts taking a 275-run advantage.

Given that they had given up such a large lead and that the batters were obviously under duress, Australia had a difficult task ahead of them if they wanted to tie the Test match. Usman Khawaja and David Warner both had easy exits after promising starts. For a time, the wicket parade was halted by Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, but Mark Wood eventually got rid of the former to break the 43-run partnership and secure his 100th wicket in the format.

Before the day was over, Wood picked off the important wicket of Travis Head, leaving Australia in trouble at 113-4 at the time of stumps. England made Test cricket history with Wood's triple strike. Six players with 100 or more wickets in Test cricket made up the starting XI for the first time in the 146-year history of the sport.

James Anderson (689), Stuart Broad (600), Moeen Ali (201), Ben Stokes (197), Chris Woakes (142), and now Wood (101) are three of England's three true all-rounders. After Woakes and Wood were added, the bowling attack of the home team appeared to be on a whole different level. The pair have had a game-changing influence at the first Test at Headingley, and they are now having another one in Manchester as England is coming off a decisive victory in the fourth Test.

With the fourth Test looking like it would end on the fourth day itself, Australia is still 162 runs behind and will need a strong performance from players like Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, and Alex Carey to escape an innings defeat.

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