Weekly Sports Roundup #21 (28/06/23)

Weekly Sports Roundup #21 (28/06/23)

Last week's roundups

Men's cricket – Ashes 1st Test: England vs. Australia

  • Australia emerged victorious in an epic Ashes Test, defeating England by two wickets and taking a 1-0 lead in the series.
  • In a tense final day at Edgbaston, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, the ninth-wicket pair, added an unbroken 55 runs to help Australia reach their target of 281, defying the raucous crowd.
  • Both Australia and England have been fined and had two World Test Championship points deducted for slow over rates during the first Ashes Test.

Tennis: Queen's Cinch Championships

  • Carlos Alcaraz claimed his first grass-court title and regained the No. 1 spot in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings with a victory on Sunday at The Queen's Club.
  • The top-seeded Spaniard defeated Australian player Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-4 to lift the Cinch Championships trophy.
  • Alcaraz now has five ATP Tour titles this season, tying Daniil Medvedev for the tour lead. Despite a modest 4-2 record on grass entering the week, he showcased remarkable form throughout, not dropping a set after a tight opener against Arthur Rinderknech.
  • The final was a modern-day grass-court battle, with Alcaraz and De Minaur engaging in baseline rallies and occasional forays to the net, displaying impressive skills.

This week's roundups

Men's cricket – Ashes 2nd Test: England vs. Australia

  • England aims to level the series against Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord's, hoping that an all-pace attack can exploit the green-tinged pitch.
  • In their pursuit to respond strongly after losing the first Test, England has included seamer Josh Tongue, who impressed with figures of 5-66 on his Test debut against Ireland in June.
  • Off-spinner Moeen Ali makes way for Tongue, while Australia may strengthen their fast bowling department with the expected inclusion of left-arm quick Mitchell Starc.
  • Moeen, who struggled with a cut spinning finger in the first Test, was fit to play after bowling in the nets during the week. However, concerns about a possible recurrence of the injury, coupled with captain Ben Stokes' ongoing knee problem, led England to opt for an all-pace attack.

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