“I’ve always had the attitude that’it is never over until it’s finished’.”
Says celebrity Ben Stokes, who turned into genius having a 135no which led England into a fantastic , success.
Rob Key caught up together with the all-rounder before the first Test at Old Trafford to relive one of the greatest Test comebacks of all time from Stokes within his own words…
“Those are the moments, I guess, that really test you in terms of the place you are as a group. My shot was probably the worst of everybody, to be honest. It was dreadful from walking outside with an optimistic mindset, but it came. I had been in a mindset of’when I get whatever loose , I will attack it; they were bowling really well that balls that are bad aren’t likely to come together’.
“We needed to get rid of the disappointment of the innings very fast and turn our focus to bowling. We did well to bowl them out to 179. Stuart Broad has played with 130 Tests but he obtained so revved up before we went outside and bowled. I have not seen him just like that he was at the huddle for quite a very long time although I have seen him put up for an event plenty of times. I’m not going to repeat exactly what he said but essentially he said’like we are currently defending 170 to stay in this Test match we need to bowl these men’. He even got the big wicket of all Warner straight away. He was geed up he did observe; it ended up being like’I have put what I’ve said and I’m likely to place the stage for it’
“I’ve bowled long spells before in Test matches. The initial four or five overs would be the hardest because your body is not going. You truly really feel like you are currently running in very hard and whacking the ball down with everything you’ve got in your body; but then you get to there and what becomes a whole lot easier. It is coming out quicker although you truly really feel as though you’re running in and bowling at 80 per cent. It got to a point where Joe (Root) was like’yet another?’ And I said’yeah’. Subsequently’one more?’
Jofra (Archer) got cramp and I said’I’m still new; I’ll just keep moving’. Then there was no chance of Joe getting the ball from my hand because everything felt so good running into the crease and the ball came out how I needed it . These are moments when you’ve got a opportunity to stand out and actually show what it is that you’re about and letting Australia know that even though you’re ahead we’re not likely to provide you a tease.”
“I think the most nervous I’ve ever been was watching Joe Root and Joe Denly bat; it came over me all of a sudden. I needed to go into the changing room and receive a towel and put my thoughts I simply started biting at the thread all . I think they got to a point where they made it look so simple that your ideas just go. For approximately half-an-hour I have never felt that anxious ”
“Hazlewood struck me about the grill but I did not possess the stem guards tied properly which is the reason why they blew off everywhere. When you get hit the doctor comes exercising but I was really nice so I said’eliminate the area’.
He’d ask me whether he can do the concussion test, so I said’yeah’ but me, being me I was just like’I am not going to show anything ‘. Australians asked me’are you okay?’ I didn’t say yes or no. But Rooty said’you will need to tie them because if they are off and hit the stumps you are going to be out’.”
“One thing I attempt to say to the team when we talk about batting would be’have a plan in mind about how you are going to play before you get out there’. The time that I waited to bat I was only saying to myself that if I got in, just get through; do not be concerned about runs. Keep as many wickets in hand for tomorrow because that’s the vital point. If Joe and me are still there tomorrow we’ve got a great prospect of winning the Test match’.”
“It was quite evenly poised and we knew how essential partnerships were going to be. Each 10 runs which people knocked off that total subsequently put pressure onto Australia. The partnership I had Jonny (Bairstow) changed the momentum back towards us hugely since the runs came in very speedy time.”
“I knew Jofra was likely to have peppered so I simply said to him’how are you really planning to perform ?’ He moved’I am probably going to duck the first few and then take them on’. I said’then take action if that’s what you are likely to do’. Then Lyon arrived and that he tried to strike him cover. I said’since that is what he is trying for you to do, don’t even consider pay – . If you are likely to hit on him, then hit all the spin towards this border against him.’
He travelled four-four and I explained to him’we’ve got nine the more’ and that he went’ok thanks’. Then block. Then convey whatever you do here, even if you’re going to block it hit that, just devote to what you do and I really had to go down to him.’ I don’t need to tell anybody how to play – unless it is Jack Leach!”
“It was fairly easy with Leachy since I told him I would take five balls an over and he’d take one. There were a couple of occasions. He understood that conducts weren’t the matter, which he did very, very nicely and he just had to live. Throughout that partnership if someone was to have got out, I’d have liked it to be because it is not his job to bat like that. I didn’t need him to feel like he had lost the game. I’ve been there in the World cup with Woody in which he felt like it was his fault – it is not his job to be present at the end and find out his side home.”
“With 70 conducts desired it was clear I would need to hit boundaries – taking twos with everybody bat could take too long; it would give Australia a lot of chances to bowl balls at Leachy. I was really being clear in where I was attempting to hit my borders rather than attempt something brand new – stick to my strengths rather than be worried about this fielders.
“Playing the reverse-sweep stems from playing T20 cricket; I am practising these shots. It is something that I’ve practised and also have had success with. When Lyon was carried out there at that stuff I didn’t understand where I was planning to hit a border so I just banged it.”
“It wasn’t that I couldn’t see Leachy since I didn’t feel that he could do it – I simply could not watch. It had been a matter. Once I was confronting I was alright but when I wasn’t it was so worried. It was unbearable.”
“When it first hit me it clearly flicked my mat. You know as a batter if you get hit on the pad you look out and think’this is outside’ but, hand in your heart, once I overlooked it I thought’that will be currently going downward leg’.
“Lots was mentioned about DRS did make it wrong but that comes back to making sure that you use your reviews very well. If Australia had one left they would have . My personal opinion concerning how I felt after I got hit, I really thought it was slipping down leg.”
“I’ve got no idea why he started running down. Because I reverse sailed and Leachy must have thought I was getting up to run. I only remember looking and he had been close and then visiting Lyon drop the ball I was going’what is happening’.”
“Broady said it’s the best video he has ever seen. The thing he loves about it is that me and Nathan Lyon know because the crowd have not even got up nonetheless that the game is won.
“Our reactions reveal you the entire opposite ends of game concerning emotion. It captured that brilliantly and the crowd who had been there living that the entire way through with us the players.”
“I had been asking everyone’what was it like up at the living area when that has been happening’ since you want to understand what all of the lads were doing. The superstitions All were coming out. Then they really had the partnership in an iPad in the room that is changing. So we sat around watching that. So that was rather cool; even knowing what had occurred, it was still quite a nervous watch”
“Leachy took JRoy’s eyeglasses and then only reenacted exactly what he did. The little I laughed at was at the end of the video where he moves’finish off it, Stokesy’.
“Momentum is massive in sport, particularly in cricket. Both teams would have gone through many emotions on this moment. So we have got the confidence of knowng which we can win from anywhere we finished coming out on top.
“We shall continue that previous day we had at Headingley into the first day at Old Trafford but we are aware there are still two games left. What we managed to do in Headingley will just be like it felt that day if we are raising the Ashes at the end of their Oval.”
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