Ashes 2019: Ben Stokes' super century in Leeds Test levels series

26 Août, 2019, 00:53 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Stokes was exhausted after playing one of the greatest-ever Test inningsMore

Stokes said: "When Leachy came in it was pretty clear what had to be done".

"I've banged the Ben Stokes drum for a long time now and I know when other players see him they think there is something special about him".

"He (Stokes) scored two off 64 balls but we always felt that if he was there then England were going to be in with a chance to win". Unbelievable, it's one I'll never forget. "We had to win this game to stay in the Ashes and we managed to do it".

"I'm not sure I've seen anything better than that on a Test ground, to be honest", he said.

"There is nothing better than being there at the end and getting your team over the line".

Bairstow milked a glorious straight drive off Hazlewood in the 86th over to get started, and then took a couple off Pattinson to bring up England's 200 amid loud cheers from the packed crowd.

Bespectacled Leach, who hit a career best 92 as nightwatchman in England's recent Test win over Ireland, played his part as Stokes acknowledged.

His heroics completed an unbelievable turnaround in the career of Stokes, an all-rounder whose brilliance has gone hand-in-hand with high drama on and off the cricket field. I was just saying, "Five and one" - I'll take five (balls) and you take one (each over). The pair put on a stand of 76 in 10.2 overs as the hosts scripted the second-highest successful run chase in Test cricket on English soil and the joint fifth overall.

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What set Stokes' innings apart was not just how he handled the responsibility as England's only hope of salvaging the series, but just how he built his innings over two days.

"I think when it got down to the 30s I was thinking, "rein it in a little", but when it was in the 60s, 70s, 50s I had to really try and I sort of got in the zone", explained Stokes. Even Stokes and England bowler Stuart Broad chipped in after the game with a plea to a series sponsor.

Captain Tim Paine says he has to give credit to Stokes and England. The skipper came down the track to Nathan Lyon, trying to work the ball into the leg side. "It was one of the great innings".

"It was a bit of individual brilliance today from a world-class player".

Despite the crushing nature of the defeat Paine remained upbeat and said it was vital his teammates didn't get too down on themselves.

"He's an unbelievable cricketer and special talent. It was great to be involved in so I can only imagine what it was like to watch", Paine said.

He was also England's key man in the World Cup final against New Zealand on July 14, and six weeks on from that success he was the toast of the team again, with the hosts drawing level at 1-1 with two Tests to play. "But, yeah, I got it wrong".

"We don't talk about emotion, you have got to stick to the facts and the facts are, like I said to the boys, we have been in a position to win every Test match so we are clearly doing something right".

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