Moeen Ali and Mason Crane     Getty Images
Moeen Ali and Mason Crane Getty Images

England could only manage to pick up two wickets on Day Three of the final Ashes Test. Moeen Ali got the first breakthrough getting the prized scalp of Steven Smith for 83. Mason Crane picked his maiden first wicket after being unlucky for the first time with the no ball. Crane dismissed Usman Khawaja who was batting brilliantly on 171.

Bairstow praised the spinners saying they were outstanding . The spinners bowled 76 overs combined picking up 2 wickets. However, Bairstow believes Crane was more threatening than Moeen as he has not played a lot of First-Class cricket.

I thought he bowled nicely

“I thought he bowled nicely. He’s not played a huge amount of First-Class cricket so to come into an Ashes Test match and bowl 35 [39] overs as a 20 year-old leg-spinner, it stands us in good stead moving forward. He’ll have taken a lot from that and he’ll have taken a lot of confidence.

Crane bowled a wide delivery as he saw Khawaja coming out of his crease, Khawaja missed to connect it as Bairstow disturbed the bails. Bairstow is happy to be a part of Crane s maiden wicket; he also compliments his confidence and skills.

It was impressive

“I was really pleased to be part of his first wicket. The confidence he showed to bowl the googly, the slider and the confidence towards the end to change his lines and lengths from both around or over the wicket, we can take a lot from that. As I said last time I spoke to the media, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The skills of a leg-spinner are going to be progressive but as a start, I thought it was impressive,” he added.

At the end of Day Three, Australia are 479 for 4 with a lead of 133. The Marsh brothers are batting brilliantly with Shaun two short of his century and Mitchell playing on 63.

“It was a pretty tough day. We are 150 overs into the innings so there’s going to be a few tired bodies out there. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time. The way the guys toiled out there was really impressive and it was really good for us to see.