It was Ben Stokes and his match-winning hundred on Sunday that kept the Ashes series alive for England. In one of the most thrilling finishes imaginable, England won the series deciding Ashes Test against Australia as Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 135 to take his side home.
Stokes’ phenomenal knock helped England chase down 359 runs on Day 4 of the third Test to make it their highest successful chase in Test history and the second highest in Ashes cricket.
England were bowled out for 67 in their first innings but bounced back really well thanks to Stokes’s all-round effort. After guiding his side to the unbelievable victory Ben Stokes took to Twitter to declare that he loved Test cricket.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) August 25, 2019
The all-rounder also wrote in his Tweet that spinner Jack Leach was a legend. Leach and Stokes were part of a 76-run unbroken partnership for the final wicket with the former scoring just 1 run from 17 balls.
Stokes said the win was yet to sink in for him and it seemed like he was pleasantly surprised with what he had just pulled off after the match got over.
“I never gave up. When Jack Leach came in it was pretty clear what I had to do. I told him five and one, I’d take five balls and give him one.
“Leachy is our super-nightwatchman so I backed him knowing what we had to do. I couldn’t watch at the end. I couldn’t watch the balls going down.
“I just twanged my glute, was all right, just heavy legged. Adrenaline keeps you going, never until it’s over, that’s what I kept on thinking. The challenges you face at the highest level, there’s nothing better than being there at the end.
“Today has been incredible, still hasn’t quite sunk in yet. If it was going to take all day to get the runs, I was prepared to do that. When Leachy came in, I knew we had to go. They might be the most crucial balls he faces in his career, and for him to stand there and do that was amazing,” Stokes said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.