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Ashes 2019: Ben Stokes recalls Ian Botham & Andrew Flintoff



Watch the moment England keeps the ashes alive.

England. All-rounder. The Ashes.

For Ian Botham in 1981 and Andrew Flintoff in 2005, add Ben Stokes in 2019.

But while these are exploits against the oldest enemies Botham and Flintoff always remember, this was Stokes's first career-defining achievement.

Some people only have one chance to play the innings of their lives. Stokes made it twice in six weeks.

The numerous trips to the glorious afternoon in a sun-drenched Headingley are diverse.

For England, the gap between two of the most incredible victories in their history may be small. It's been a month and a half gone, but it was also light blue to white, London to Leeds, and Sweet Caroline to the noise wall from the west terrace.

Speaking of the terrace, the followers of England themselves were taken on their own, shorter journey.

From the despair of 48 hours earlier, when the Home Attack was nothing but the shreds of 67 and an English batsman would have been wise to sprint the Otley Run instead of joining a fantasy dress pub crawl.

England fans do not remain angry for long and on Saturday they were back behind their team. Even as the barely possible target of 359 was still 300 away, they cheered each Joe Denly through the slip-ups as if it were a David Gower Cover Drive.

The crowd in Leeds wanted every shot on the defensive to break out solidly, break out with every single pinched blow and wave the ball into the bleachers each time Stokes opened his shoulders.

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For Stokes there is the journey from the piece of asphalt in front of a nightclub in Bristol to the present day, from the moment that could have cost him his career in England, to the moments when he was forever in the nation's athletic consciousness will be burned. [19659003] Just over a year ago, Stokes returned to the English national team after being liberated from the offensive. When he took the place of Sam Curran to sound at Trent Bridge, there were some voices from the crowd.

After his headingley exploits, Stokes did not want to talk about the 12-month change in his emotions – "a year is a long time ago," he said – but there must be something more must-have for his performances against Australia same incident cost his place on the tour in down under 2017/18. 19659003] Even before this game, there was a century in the second test at Lord's. When England stared at the run in Leeds, knocked it out for spit and Jofra Archer was relieved of the attack with cramps, Stokes took over, virtually throwing off the 24.2 Overs from the Football Stand End.

"My wife found me in my boxers and ate noodles," Stokes said of the evening, which split the two halves of his epic spell.

Saturday night, Stokes dug out his trench to make sure it was still there on Sunday. Only two runs of 50 deliveries.

A "knock-off Nando" and two bars of Yorkie Raisin and Biscuit "were the fuel for one of the biggest innings ever played by an English test batsman.

When Stokes set up his stable Sunday morning, he left Stoicism continues, three runs of 73 balls, 51 of 152 and a blow to the head to boot.

"Bits are coming out" – Stokes hit by "blow" 19659020] When the time came, the counter was pushed in. Nathan Lyon boldly returned to the Western Terrace and Pat Cummins slung over his shoulder as if he were a Club Trundler, Josh Hazlewood, a human-scale metronome with nine previous ones Gates in the match played 19 consecutive games.

All this with the help of Jack Leach, who looks less like a cricketer, but more like Alan from accounting.

Yes, Leach has a test 92 on his name, but as he prepared himself, the furch It was no surprise that Stokes could not bring himself to see the deliveries that followed, as he countered the tempesting storms of Australia by cleaning the steam from his glasses.

And if this was really one of the biggest matches, it nodded to England's other classics as well. A compilation, if you like.

Stokes, who was dropped by Marcus Harris, was a copy of Simon Jones in Edgbaston in 2005.

"Lyon has dropped the ball & # 39; – Chance of Leaking Spinner Fluffs [19659013] Leach's disappointment was when Monty Panesar attempted to save the test against New Zealand in Auckland in 2013.

When Leach faced Cummins, he remembered James Anderson kicking off Sri Lanka on that floor in 2014, dropping two balls too short and then crying in the post-match presentation.

And there was an injustice, Stokes did not give Lyon with only two to win. But while we felt sympathy for New Zealand and its World Cup misery, this was Australia, and it was all right that they were at the wrong end of a rude end.

After his knock in the World Cup Final, Stokes' teammates spoke of a look in his eyes and a lack of readiness to talk, so was his focus.

At Headingley, he did not raise his bat when he was 50 or 100 years old, so minor were the milestones for the present job.

It was not until he cut Cummins through the ceiling for the winners that the emotion dissolved in a guttural roar with both fists in the air.

Watch the moment when England keeps the ashes alive [19659013] He dropped to his hips, then slowly lumbered off the field, carried by the wave of joy from everywhere, stopping at the edge to absorb everything in mid-July.

The hope is that this is not a one-hit wonder, but part of a groundbreaking Ashes album that delivers more great tracks in Old Trafford and The Oval.

Steve Smith and James Anderson will return, but the inevitable feeling is that summer belongs to Stokes.

Australia did not win another match in 1981 after Botham in Headingley. The same goes for 2005 after Flintoff and Edgbaston.

Although Stokes does not fire again in this series, it may be that the effect of what he did here reversed the impulse forever.

But there is certainly more to come. Come. England's all-rounders love the ashes.


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