Ashes-Saving Century Right Up There With World Cup Win: Ben Stokes
For England all-rounder Ben Stokes, his masterclass unbeaten 135 that helped his side win the third Ashes Test at Headingley on Sunday, 25 August, by one wicket to level the series 1-1 was right up there with his World Cup final heroics.
Chasing a daunting 359 for victory after being shot out for 67 in the first innings, England were 286/9 with 73 runs still remaining when Stokes was joined by last man Jack Leach. The pair put on a stand of 76 in 10.2 overs as the hosts scripted the second-highest successful run chase in Test cricket on English soil and the joint fifth overall.
"It was unbelievable and something I will never forget.
"It is right up there (with the World Cup win). We had to win this game and we managed to do it," said the all-rounder who smashed an unbeaten 84 in the World Cup final one and a half months ago against New Zealand at Lord's. England won that match for hitting more boundaries after the match, as well as the Super Over, ended in a tie.
"We have to move on to the next game (at Old Trafford from 4 September) having managed to keep our hopes alive of doing the double. We have the momentum. (I love) being part of those challenges you get faced with - we are playing at the highest level and you don't expect anything else," Stokes said.