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What a cricketer Ben Stokes has become

The Spectator – The Oval, 1902.

Summary

  • This astonishing, heart-stopping, game will forever be remembered as Stokes’s match and recalled for as long as test cricket is still played and savoured.
  • England’s final pair, Stokes and dear Jack Leach, added 76 runs to see England home.
  • That hasn’t happened to England since, I think, 1902 and no side has won a test match after being dismissed for less than a hundred in their first innings since the nineteenth century.
  • He arrived at the wicket with England still needing 73 and when Stokes lashed the winning runs through cover Leach was still there: one not out.
  • Right now, thanks to Ben Stokes and despite the looming threat of Steve Smith’s return, it feels as though England will draw level with their old adversary.


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