Australia may already have their hands on the urn but with one match left, the English team will also look forward to end Ashes 2019 on a high note. There are a few intensive battles in cricket that are unmatched.
Be it India vs Pakistan world cup tie, or action-packed Ashes between Australia and England, both the contests are played on a different level. As expected, this Ashes is full of thrilling action by both teams. From Ben Stokes’s heroics in 3rd test to Steve Smith’s defiance and run-scoring ability, Ashes 2019 is a treat for the fans.
Top 5 performers who have lit up Ashes 2019 stage
1. Steve Smith
We could have saved the best for the last but one couldn’t resist in praising the best batsman of this generation. Steve Smith is superhuman, who is majorly responsible for Aussie dominance in Ashes 2019. The king has made an unreal comeback into the international arena. There were many questions over Smith and Warner’s inclusion. The inevitable Smith made 211 and 82 in the 4th test and made sure the urn belongs to Australia. Even Joe Root has stated that Steve Smith is the difference between two sides that cost them the urn. With one match remaining, we can expect Steve tarnishing more records. 82 in 2nd innings was his 9th successive fifty-plus score in Ashes.
2. Pat Cummins
The new Australian fast bowling spearhead, Pat Cummins has turned up the heat in Ashes 2019. Cummins has taken 24 wickets in 8 innings and leading the wicket-takers tally. He looks confident in his new role. His absolute peach to dismiss Joe Root may be termed as the moment of Ashes 2019. His wicket-taking ability has helped Australia dismantling the English batting.
3. Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes is one of the special players who are born once in a century. He has given a new meaning to the word All-Rounder. Had it not been Stokes, England could have lost the urn by the 3rd test itself. Averaging 59, Stokes has amassed 359 runs in the ongoing series. Ben Stokes special in 3rd test will go down in history books and will be remembered for a long time. In addition to his gutsy batting, Stokes is a handy wicket-taker. He has 8 wickets under his name in Ashes 2019.
4. Rory Burns
It’s hard to fill shoes of someone like Alaistair Cook. England has already tried quite a few options but they are still searching for the answers. To their rescue, young and flashy Rory Burns has emerged out of the scene. He has 323 runs in 4 matches and faced the Australian pace battery quite dominantly.
5. Josh Hazlewood
Hazlewood is a character that always goes unnoticed besides all his brilliant run. Things are the same in Ashes 2019, earlier it was Starc, now it’s Pat Cummins. But Hazlewood is someone who will get the work done silently. In 3 matches, he has 18 wickets and currently number 3 on the list of highest wicket-takers. His pinpoint accuracy is worth praising while his ability to swing is unquestionable.
There are some brilliant performances by the likes of Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer, but when it comes to select the best, sometimes greats have to sit out.