Ben Stokes Milestone Inspires England to Miraculous Win
Ben Stokes delivered one of the best individualistic performances in Test history on this day, August 25, 2019. When one recalls Stokes’ heroics in leading England to their biggest winning chase at Headingley, Leeds, goosebumps and shivers run down one’s spine. When the chips were down and the odds were stacked against England, Stokes stood tall, leading England to a one-wicket victory over Australia in the third Test of the five-match series.
2019 ICC Cricketer of the Year
It was Stokes’ year, as the Englishman was instrumental in England’s World Cup victory over New Zealand in 2019, and six weeks later, the all-rounder dragged England from the ashes to keep the series alive. Ben Stokes was named the 2019 ICC Cricketer of the Year for his valiant and heroic performances,
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with the Leeds Test being the most notable. Recalling the Headingley toss, England won and chose to bowl. Given the overcast conditions on Day 1, Australia was stunned when they couldn’t handle Jofra Archer’s pace; the Barbados bowler registered figures of 6/45.
Australia was bowled out for 179 runs
Australia was bowled out for 179 and only managed to score 61 runs, thanks to David Warner’s 61 and Marnus Labuschagne’s 74. Three Australian batsmen were bowled out for ducks, and five others scored less than ten runs. England had Australia exactly where they wanted it. In return, Australia bowled out England for 67 runs in 27.5 overs. The demolition came as a complete surprise to the hosts. Josh Hazlewood had 5/30, Pat Cummins had 3/23, and James Pattinson had 2/9.
coming into Australia’s second innings, the visitors managed to post 246 on the board, with Labuschagne delivering once again for the Aussies with a solid 80. England was given a run-scoring target of 359. England got off to a bad start once again, losing openers at 15/2 in 6.3 overs. The ship, however, was anchored by captain Joe Root and Joe Denly, who formed a solid partnership to keep England on track. Denly and Hazlewood had a 100+ partnership before Denly was removed for 50 by Hazlewood.
Stokes stood strong in the chase on Day 4
Root and Stokes led England forward, but the skipper didn’t last long as Nathon Lyon took the captain’s number and left for 77. Bairstow (36) and Buttler (1) couldn’t make much of an impact, so it was up to Stokes to lead England forward. Despite losing wickets, Stokes led the chase on Day 4, and when it came down to the last man standing,
Jack Leach, the spinner defended brilliantly as Australia was one wicket away from victory. Headingly erupted when Stokes scored the winning runs in the form of a boundary as England won the third Test by one wicket in Leeds, with Stokes standing as a hero in the center of the field. His unbeaten 136 will go down in Test cricket history as the pinnacle of heroism.