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Ben Stokes on unforgettable Ashes outing as star says why he couldn't watch Jack Leach bat


Ben Stokes on unforgettable Ashes outing as star says why he couldnt watch Jack Leach bat (Image: GETTY)Ben Stokes has opened up on his remarkable Ashes innings and revealed why he couldn’t watch Jack Leach bat.Stokes led England to victory with a stunning century, putting on a 76-run partnership with last man Leach.

The spinner faced just 17 balls and scored one run as Stokes guided the Three Lions home to level the series score.And Stokes somehow found the words to sum up his emotions after hitting the winning boundary. Trending He said: I never gave up. When Jack Leach came in it was pretty clear what I had to do.

I told him five and one, Id take five balls and give him one.Leachy is our super-nightwatchman so I backed him knowing what we had to do. I couldnt watch at the end. I couldnt watch the balls going down.We had to win this game and we managed to do it. We have to move on and we are going to take a lot of momentum going into the next match.

It was unbelievable and I will never forget the reaction of the crowd. It is one of the best two feelings I have ever had on a cricket pitch.”GET ALL OF YOUR LATEST ASHES NEWS HERE
Ben Stokes on unforgettable Ashes outing as star says why he couldnt watch Jack Leach bat (Image: GETTY)Stokes was left facing away from Leach when the No 11 was on strike.

But the fiery all-rounder has revealed he just couldn’t bear the sight.I dont know [what Ive done]! It hasnt quite sunk in, I know weve won the game but Im pretty tired. A great day. Related articles
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Ben Stokes on unforgettable Ashes outing as star says why he couldnt watch Jack Leach bat (Image: GETTY)We came in to the day with a chance but its never over until its over.

At nine down with 70 left it was obvious what was to be done. I only got nervous when we were down below 10 needed but I had my pitching wedge at a perfect length.I couldnt look when Jack Leach was batting. I was just waiting for the reaction of the crowd! Its amazing.The pressure Jack was under, he faced a crucial 15-odd balls.

. Leachy had to stay in there - hes got some serious balls.....


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