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On Day 4 of the Headingley Test, an England cricketer confesses to losing his composure in the dressing room

<p>While England’s stunning victory against Australia on the third day of the Ashes 2023 third test preserved the five-match series, there were plenty of jitters in the dressing room during the crucial stretch of play.</p>
<p>At Headingley on the fourth day, England fell apart, going from 131/3 to 171/6 in pursuit of 251, when Harry Brook scored a valiant 50 to right the ship.</p>
<p>With four wickets still to fall, England needed only 21 runs more to win thanks to Brook’s 59-run stand with Chris Woakes (32*).<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-66828″ src=”” alt=”” width=”1579″ height=”1137″ srcset=” 750w,×108.png 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1579px) 100vw, 1579px” /></p>
<p>With Brook being Mitchell Starc’s sixth victim, there was a late twist that gave Australia hope.</p>
<p>The emerging star saved the chase with a brilliant 75 off 93, hitting nine fours in the process, but losing his wicket at such a crucial time infuriated him, and he had a “little blow-up” in the changing room.</p>
<p>When you’re sitting up there rather than in the center, it’s a lot more nerve-wracking, Brook told Sky Sports. “Normally, I don’t have a big meltdown when I enter the changing room, but today I did. Although it was frustrating not to bring us across the finish line today, I’m glad we prevailed.</p>
<p>Before Woakes scored the winning run to give England a three-wicket victory and bring the score to 2-1, Mark Wood blasted a four and a six.</p>
<p>“Everyone in the dressing room burst into tears. I had total and absolute confidence in Woakesy and Woody and knew we just needed around 20 runs. We sort of knew it was on when Woody hit that six, after a little period of tension,” Brook said.</p>
<p>On his chats with Woakes and their strategy for the hunt, Brook shed some light.</p>
<p>“Woakesy and I were just trying to work together there, just going down in fives: we got it down to 40 and said, “Let’s try and get it down to 35,” then, “Let’s try and get it down to 30.” It became somewhat more nerve-wracking when I clearly got out, said the 24-year-old.</p>
<p>“[Woakes] has played well for England. He hasn’t played as much recently, of course, but it’s great to have him back and play a crucial role like he did there, the coach said.</p>
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