As in the first test, the main topic of conversation here will be the declaration of England. The team led by Brendon McCullum firmly stated their commitment to attacking intent when they declared for the first day’s play at Edgbaston. Questions will therefore be asked as to why they batted until late on day three, which is widely regarded as a harsh assessment given that a day and a half was effectively washed out.

But it was the combative tone of Labuschagne, who scored 111 off 173 balls on a difficult fourth day, that caused England’s failure.

Zak Crowley’s 189 and Jonny Bairstow’s 99, who both struck over 100; Chris Woakes’ magnificent five-for; Mark Wood’s confounding spell on day three all left England in a position of dominant control.

Given the rain, it was impossible to predict the task set for Labuschagne and Marsh on day four when they took the center field on Saturday. The match could have ended due to rain and Australia could have lost by lunch with a one innings lead. The only thing that remained certain was that wickets needed to be saved and both batsmen understood that task.

Labuschagne’s career and history began at this stage Ash in 2019: he scored a half-century replacing Steve Smith, who suffered concussion, and never lost his place in Australia’s squad again. 3. His summer, including the WTC final and Ash’s three Tests before the c

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