Ahead of the Ashes series, the England Pros cricket team, which have Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes in the side, lost a game against local cricketers. All these cricketers are going to feature in the English team which is set to play against Australia in the upcoming Ashes series. Ali, Jonny and Woakes played a street cricket game which they lost against the local cricketers.
The rules of this game were very different from the ones they usually play. It was a six-a-side match with 20 balls per innings. According to the rules, a player can be bowled, caught or run out but could not be dismissed by LBW. The England Pros batted first and scored 49 runs. Moeen Ali opened the inning and hit some pretty good shots.
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However, a few deliveries later, Moeen Ali sustained a stumping and then retired. Jonny Bairstow played a switch-hit to send the ball out the backyard. But soon, he got clean bowled while playing an off-cutter. Woakes was the last wicket the England Pros lost and they could only score 42 runs.
The street cricketers batted superbly to win the game. Chris Woakes picked up a wicket while one of the street cricketers was run out. Jonny Bairstow’s delivery got a very harsh treatment by the batsman as he sent it out of the park to get the winning runs.
All the English cricket stars enjoyed playing cricket in the backyard. The local boys seemed privileged to have played against their national heroes in a street cricket match.
The Ashes series is going to start from November 23. The first Test will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane. The next four matches are scheduled to be played at Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.