The Ashes series between England and Australia is currently in the third Test, with Australia holding a 2-0 lead after winning the first two games. However, Australian opener David Warner has been struggling to find his form on English soil, particularly against English pacer Stuart Broad, who dismissed Warner twice in the third Test.
In both innings of the game at Headingley, Warner fell in a similar manner, edging the ball to second slip where Zak Crawley took the catch. This continues Warner’s ongoing troubles against the lanky English pacer, as Broad has now dismissed him a remarkable 17 times in Test matches.
Following Warner’s latest failures, online trolls had a field day. Surprisingly, Chris Broad, Stuart Broad’s father and an ICC match referee, joined in by sharing a meme that poked fun at Warner’s poor record against his son. The meme cleverly referenced the iconic opening scene of “The Simpsons,” with Warner’s face morphed onto Bart Simpson’s body, writing on a blackboard, “Stuart Broad has got me out again.”
— Chris Broad (@ChrisBroad3) July 7, 2023
While such memes are common on the internet, it raised eyebrows among fans due to Chris Broad’s position as an ICC official. As a former England cricketer himself, Chris Broad played 25 Tests before taking on his current role in 2003.
In the third Test, England won the toss and chose to bowl first. They managed to dismiss Australia for 263 runs, with Mitchell Marsh scoring a brilliant century. England’s Mark Wood shone with the ball, taking a five-wicket haul in the first innings.
In response, England struggled and could only reach 237 runs before being bowled out by the Australian bowling attack led by Pat Cummins, who took six wickets. At the end of Day 3, Australia was batting in their second innings at 116 for the loss of 4 wickets, holding a lead of 142 runs.