Rewinding exactly one year back to this date, Ben Stokes took the cricketing world by storm when he played one of the greatest Test knocks ever witnessed to lead England to a miraculous victory over Australia in the third match of the Ashes series at Headingley.
England’s remarkable summer started with some genius from Stokes, as he played a major hand in the Super-Over madness that saw England lift said World Cup 2019.
About half and a month after that ‘once in a lifetime’ performance, Stokes was again at the heart of a truly incredible win at Headingley, one to rival not only that late Lord’s drama in mid-July but anything in cricket that has come before.
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Stokes’s unbelievable knock of 135 not out off 219 balls helped England chase down the mammoth target of 359, which was also their highest successful run chase in Test history.
England were bowled out for 67 in their first innings but bounced back really well thanks to Stokes’s all-round effort.
Stokes’s knock was laced with 11 boundaries and 8 towering sixes. It was his 8th Test hundred and third in The Ashes against Australia.
There were switch hits, reverse swats, scoops, slog sweeps, slashes, inside out lofts and merciless wafts. Never once did Stokes lose control. Never once did his grip get sweaty. Never once did his eyes waver. Never once was he out of balance.