Ben stokes supremacy is proving worth for both white-ball and red-ball cricket. Called as a perfect finisher for the Englishmen, he yet again proved worthy for his propound name. The 2019 World Cup hero, smashed an unbelievable hundred against Australia which helped England snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
Stokes Ashes Heroics
Australia batting first in the 3rd Ashes test match series scored a stubby 179 runs. England on the other side saw its devastating days of batting as it manages to score only 67. Giving a steady lead on the scoreboard, Aussies batted 246 in its second innings and gave a hulking target of 358 to the home team.
Starting, England made a tumble start. Rory Burns and Jason Roy were sent back to the dressing room quite early. It was Joe Root and Denly who gave England a required partnership where each socred more than 50. The match swung in Australia’s favor once again when they managed to remove Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, and Chris Woakes cheaply. It was then England all-rounder Ben Stokes took charge of English second innings. He scored a wonderful 135 runs off 291 balls with 11 fours and 8 sixes. The 28-year-old lad snatched the game from Australias hand and equaled the series by 1-1.
Shameful umpiring decision
However, there was a controversial incident that took place during the game which allowed Ben Stokes to get away for an LBW appeal. Nathan Lyon’s spinning ball hits Stokes’ pad creating a huge appeal. The Umpire remained still for the desperate appeal. Australia had already wasted its two unsuccessful reviews and it could not go challenge the call. Hawkeye showed the ball hitting Stokes in line with the stumps and was going on to hit the pegs. If Tim Paine had been able to use the DRD, Australia would have won by a single run and could have taken 2-0 up in Ashes series.
Frair and square, England took the peace of cake in the end and retained their hopes for winning the 2019 Ashes Series. Time and again, luck has shown its greater part to Ben Stokes and has changed the cricketer’s career in the last 3 months.