As the ongoing Ashes proceed to its end at the Kennington Oval, with the fifth Test match evenly poised, Jonny Bairstow took a superb catch while keeping to tip the match into England’s favour. He caught the ball and as a result, England got the big wicket of Mitchell Marsh, thus reducing Australia to a score of 274-6, while chasing a total of 384.
Moeen Ali ran in and bowled a flighted delivery, which spun inside, but Marsh wasn’t sure of whether to go forward or hang back and as a result, edged it onto the pad. Bairstow reached out with his right mitt when the ball popped to his right. The ball would have missed Root at slip if Bairstow hadn't responded swiftly, so it was a great reflex on his part. Marsh was aware right away, and he left before umpire Joel Wilson could decide.
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This was the third wicket for England in three overs and almost sealed the game for the hosts. Bairstow is having quite a good outing at the Oval, as he had a decent outing with the bat too, scoring (78) in 103 deliveries. If England went on to win the Test, the Ashes would end with a scoreline of 2-2, which would look especially good for England, after they were 2-0 down after the Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s.
This has been one of the most enthralling Ashes series in the last few years, as almost every match has gone to the wire and produced edge-of-the-seat thrillers. The series has had its own share of controversies too, like the Carey-Bairstow runout and Ben Stokes’ premature celebration which resulted in a dropped catch. The match is also special for another reason, as it is the last Test of England’s veteran pacer Stuart Broad. Broad had a long career spanning more than 16 years. He will end his career with more than 600 wickets and is also placed at the fifth position in the overall list of leading wicket-takers in Test history.