Gareth Southgate, England Football Team’s Coach and Cricket Fan, Amazed by Historic Day 1 Declaration: 393/8 in Ashes 2023 Test.
England’s Historic Day 1 Declaration: 393/8 vs Australia (Photo: AP)
Gareth Southgate, the head coach of the England football team and a self-professed cricket fan, expressed his astonishment at witnessing a remarkable occurrence during the first day of the 2023 Ashes series.
England, currently competing against Australia at Edgbaston in the opening Test, made a historic declaration at 393 for 8. Southgate, speaking at a press interaction following his team’s 4-0 triumph over Malta in the Euro 2024 qualifier, highlighted his passion for cricket and emphasized the thrill of observing the England cricket team in action.
“I’m a big cricket fan, and it’s incredibly thrilling to watch the sport right now. The England cricket team possesses a remarkable mindset along with a plethora of world-class players. In fact, I believe several of our players could easily secure a spot in a World XI. The standard of cricket being played is exceptionally high,” expressed Gareth Southgate.
Reflecting on the ongoing Ashes series, Southgate remarked that he had witnessed an unprecedented event in his lifetime.
On the first day of the Test, England achieved a remarkable score of 393 for 8, primarily driven by Joe Root’s century. Surprising everyone, England made the bold decision to declare and put Australia to bat. By the end of the day, Australia had reached 14 without any loss.
“There has undoubtedly been a shift in their playing style, and I believe this is the first time I have ever seen a team declare at 393/8 on Day 1. It’s an intriguing decision, as ultimately, coaches are judged by the outcomes and the decisions they make. However, it provides a glimpse into the mindset with which they are approaching this series,” Southgate added.
Having suffered a 0-4 defeat in the previous Ashes series held in Australia, England is determined to emerge victorious this time against the Australians.