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Highest successful run chases in Tests at Headingley

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England have made a mockery of a 290+ target for the second time in two Tests against New Zealand. After the exploits at Lord’s and Trent Bridge, England were at their attacking best once again to sweep the series 3-0 to mark a perfect start to the Brendon McCullum-Ben Stokes era.

It took just over an hour for England to knock off the remaining 113 they needed on the last day. Rain delayed the start till the afternoon, but it was the same story as Jonny Bairstow (71 off 44 balls) blew the Black Caps away once again.

Joe Root finished not out on 86* after putting on 132 with Ollie Pope on the fourth evening at a run rate touching five per over. Pope was dismissed early on day five by Southee for 82, but that’s where the good news ended for New Zealand.

List of highest successful run chases at Headingley

England’s chase of 296 is the fifth-highest successful run chases in Tests at Headingley. Here is a list of such chases that this England side are now a part of after victory in the third Test.

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404/3 by Australia vs England, 1948

Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest of all time, led Australia to what remains one of the highest run chases in Test history. Bradman, who remained unbeaten on 173, partnered with fellow great Arthur Morris (182) for a 301-run stand that flattened England in the fourth Test at Headingley.

With the seven-wicket win, Australia took a 3-0 series lead in the 1948 Ashes, which they eventually won 4-0 thanks to victory by an innings and 149 runs in the fifth Test.

362/9 by England vs Australia, 2019

A match that will never be forgotten. Ben Stokes (135*) produced one of the all-time great knocks to keep the 2019 Ashes series alive, taking England to a one-wicket win when the series looked all but gone.

Number 11 Jack Leach, who scored what is known as the greatest 1* of all time, walked in at 286/9 with England still 73 adrift of the 359-run target. Stokes then went on a rampage, and bouyed by a raucous Headingley crowd, Australia crumbled under pressure to lose a Test they looked certain to win after rolling England for 67 in the first innings.

322/5 by West Indies vs England, 2017

Great moments in Test cricket have been few and far between for West Indies over the past two decades. 2017 saw one of them, with Shai Hope’s 147 and 118* the standout in a great Test win.

After England posted a huge 490/8d in their second innings, the Windies were left with 322 to chase to level the three-match series 1-1. Coming in at 53/2, Hope batted through till the end in a brilliant performance.

315/4 by England vs Australia, 2001

Also few and far between were England victories against Australia in the 1990s and early 2000s. Australia had sealed the 2001 Ashes series in three Tests, but the fourth was one to savour for England. Mark Butcher, who is currently commentating with Sky Sports, struck a memorable 173* to lead the hosts home against an attack featuring Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee.

296/3 by England vs New Zealand, 2022

England chased 299 in 50 overs at Trent Bridge, followed by 296 in 54.2 overs at Headingley. At 53/2, New Zealand may have envisioned a win, but Ollie Pope, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow slammed the door shut thanks to another incredible display of attacking batting.

England won the series 3-0. They had won just one of their previous 17 Tests leading into the 2022 season. It’s safe to say McCullum and Stokes got off to the perfect start.

254/7 by England vs Australia 2023

England’s chase of 251 in the fantastic 2023 Ashes series is the sixth-highest successful run chase on the ground.

And, it is one of their most important.

Down 2-0, England pulled off the chase in 50 overs and with three wickets to spare to keep their Ashes hopes alive. Harry Brook led the way with 75; a crucial innings given Ben Stokes was dismissed early. Also, Chris Woakes’ nerves of steel took England over the line alongside man of the match Mark Wood.

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