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England level the Ashes after Stokes heroics

News24
26 Aug 2019, 04:10 GMT+10

Leeds - Ben Stokes was the hero yet again as his incredible unbeaten century saw England to a thrilling one-wicket win in the third Ashes Test at Headingley on Sunday.

"There's nothing like being out there in the end and getting your team over the line. I didn't get nervous till we needed single figures, I didn't know what to do then," admitted Stokes.

This was only the fourth time a team had made more than 300 to win in the fourth innings of a Test at Headingley.

Australia captain Tim Paine said: "It's hard to take, losing that from that position but you tip your hat sometimes.

Stokes's extravagant scooped six off Cummins reduced the target to 40.

Stokes, however, commandingly pulled and drove Cummins's next two balls for for four to leave England just nine runs shy of victory.

- Run-out chance -

England now needed eight -- or two boundaries -- as Stokes faced Leach.

Lyon then had an lbw appeal against Stokes turned down by umpire Joel Wilson only for replays to suggest it would have been out.

Leach though managed a single that tied the scores as he got off the mark after 59 minutes at the crease.

It seemed England's chances had evaporated when they lost three wickets for just 16 runs after lunch to be reeling at 261-7.

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