Ashes 3rd Test was nothing short of an epic Thriller, It all started with some splendid bowling from Jofra archer who took 6 wickets for just 45 runs in the first innings and raptured through the Aussie lineup in a quick time, Then came the big shocker, to everyone’s surprise in reply to a mere 179 total English batting crumbled to a disappointing 67 runs total only. J Hazlewood and P Cummins took 5 and 3 wickets each to dismantle England innings in just 27.5 overs.
Australia came out as favorites in the second innings and played a decent innings scoring 246 and England had to get to a mammoth total of 359. This was never going to easy and some had already given up on England considering the first innings disaster.
England’s top-order disappointed yet again in the fourth innings with R Burns and J Roy getting out on single-digit scores. Then came the skipper J Root who played rock-solid innings of 77 runs on 205 balls. It was slow, It was steady but massively effective! J Denly also played well before getting out to J Hazlewood on 50 runs.
AND THEN CAME THE HERO, BEN STOKES.
B Stokes came out confident and started off very well, It was the make or break time for the host team and Stokes responded well, Wickets kept on falling at the other end but Stokes stood firm and kept on scoring at a consistent rate. England was in the driving seat but at the end of the match everyone could sense that there was something to happen and England started losing wickets, 4 wickets fell adding just 17 runs into the total and C Woakes, J Buttler, J Archer, S Broad went to the dressing room leaving too many for Stokes to cover with an 11th man ( J Leach ) on the other end.
Match and the Ashes dream was looking to fade away for the host team when stokes brought his A-game and played on of his career-best getting the last 65 runs in a rather heroic manner. It was just a matter of one wicket for the Aussies and Stokes was able to deny that one wicket to Australian team scoring a massive 135 runs on 219 balls.
This was unexpected, This was heroic, This was unreal. Stokes conquered the 3rd test and single-handedly won it for England in the fourth innings.
His “Test” innings included 11 4’s and lusty 8 Sixes.