Will the short gap between Tests help England focus on the task in hand, or will the rancour linger on at Headingley?
Right, deep breath. It feels strange casting thoughts towards a crunch Ashes Test that gets under way on Thursday when the skip fire that resulted from the last one – sparked by the stumping of Jonny Bairstow by Alex Carey – is still raging.
This swift return to on-field action may well be a good thing. Over the past three days there has been so much said, written and tweeted about Bairstow’s dismissal on the final day at Lord’s; an outpouring of cultural differences, grudges, prime ministers and false equivalences that have gone well beyond the wicket itself. Fresh cricket to watch and digest should move things on, mercifully.
Written by Ali Martin at Headingley
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/jul/05/cricket-england-australia-ashes-third-test-headingley-preview under the title “England should take chance to move on but fire of Ashes outrage still burns | Ali Martin”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.