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3rd Test Ashes Series, Ben Stokes guides England to a historic win

Ben Stokes You Beauty!!!!!!!!!

What a test match have we witnessed…… It had everything in it. First day it was all for England bowlers when they bowled Australia for just 179 runs but Australian bowlers bought them back when they dismissed England for just 67 runs.  Then Marnus Labuschagne who was playing in place of Steve Smith played good knock to give Australia healthy lead of 358 runs.

England started off shakily with Jason Roy again falling cheaply and so was Burns. Joe Root and Joe Denly steadied the ship for England and both of the bought up there respective fifties. Joe Denly got out as soon as he completed his half century. Root was dismissed for 77 runs when David Warner took a stunner of a catch to dismiss England Captain. Ben Stokes was then joined by Bairstow who was having a series to forget but then he stitched a partnership with Stokes until he was dismissed by Hazlewood for 36 runs. Butler was run out because of misunderstanding with Stokes. Australia thought they had this match in there kitty as Woakes was dismissed cheaply and then Archer who hit few shots before being eventually dismissed by Nathan Lyon. Broad was dismissed for duck by Pattinson. Then came in Jack Leach. Australian bowlers had there tail up.

But Ben Stokes had other plans in his mind. May be this might be one of the best innings ever played in test match history. Along with Leach, Stokes had a partnership of 76 runs.  Australia had there chances to take the last wicket when Nathan Lyon failed to grab the ball for run out when Stokes had hit the ball to short third man and Leach was up and running but the New Zealand born Stokes was not even looking towards Leach. Another incident happened when Australia missed there trick by wasting a review in bowling of Pat Cummins when the ball was clearly pitching outside off  and it came to haunt them back when Lyon bowled a ball on middles stump and Stokes trying to Sweep and missed the ball. Umpire adjudged him not out but replays showed the ball clearly hitting stumps.

In the end, Ben Stokes took England home by playing one of the best innings of his life by scoring a boundary for four and finishing the chase and credit goes to Jack Leach as well for hanging in there with Stokes. Test cricket has come alive now as well as the Ashes Series. Whoever says Test Cricket is dying, need to watch this match. Test Cricket at his best. Headingly crowd was cheering for every ball and I am sure viewers at home as well. Ben Stokes was adjudged Man of the Match who bowled his heart out in Second Innings of Australia and then with the bat now…

Hope to see more of matches like this….

 

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