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Stunning Stokes saves the English soul in Headingley

Ben Stokes masterclass unbeaten 135 runs propelled England to a stunning one wicket victory in third Ashes Test against Australia.



Stunning Stokes saves the English soul in Headingley
Ben Stokes produces one of the greatest Test innings. Photo: Reuters

England have depicted a remarkable chapter in Test cricket’s history book as they chased down 359 with a single wicket left to beat Australia and level the Ashes in Headingley.

Stunning Stokes saves the English soul in Headingley

Conclusively all credits goes to Ben Stokes, England’s World Cup winning hero has dragged the team from the ashes to end into what could be described as one of the most superlative wins of time.

His unbeaten 135 handed England a most unlikely win in the third Test of the series thus leave the competition alive between the ancient rivals.

The left-handed batsman encountered 219 balls in total scalping 11 fours and eight sixes in  his five and half hour long innings.

Chasing the improbable target in the fourth innings, England lost five wickets for 41 runs and then slipped to 286-9.

Nothing can be taken away from Jack Leach, the number eleven batsman who stood resilient with Stokes for a 76-run 10th-wicket partnership. The glassed man, however, saw a single run behind his name but he showed the nerve against big guns like Pat Cummins in the tense moments to take the game away from Australia.

The morning session of day four belonged to the home team; they resumed on 155-3 and added 83 runs for the loss of just one wicket before the lunch break.

All eyes literally set on English skipper Joe Root. England’s Test captain batted brilliantly on day three to reach stumps on 74 not out but could managed to add three more runs to his name before being dismissed by Nathan Lyon.

After the departure of Root, Stokes and Bairstow partnered for 79 by lunch but was broken soon after the interval.

Disaster struck in England innings three overs later by the time Stokes and Buttler were involved in a mix-up and the latter was run out with more than 100 runs still required.

Stokes refused taking a number of singles during the last wicket partnership and eventually put mighty blows to Australian bowlers shortening the margin for victory every now and then.

He hit the winning run with an ultimate four off Cummins with a mighty roar to end the miraculous show.

Australia would have retained the Ashes had they beaten England in Leeds with two Tests remaining.

Old Trafford hosts the fourth Test, which begins on September 4, before the series concludes at the Oval.

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