Ben Stokes: Hundred to save Ashes Test right up there with World Cup win

Chasing a stiff 359 for a win after England had managed only 67 in their first innings, the hosts were faltering at 286 for 9 and needed another 73 runs to win the game. Stokes was joined by Jack Leach, and all Australia needed was one wicket to win the game. The duo, however, batted with maturity and added 76 in only 10.2 overs as they scripted the second highest run chase on English soil.
Ben Stokes: Hundred to save Ashes Test right up there with World Cup winBen Stokes: Hundred to save Ashes Test right up there with World Cup win
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes, whose unbeaten 135 on Sunday helped his team over the line in the third Ashes Test at Leeds felt that the miracle win was right up there with the World Cup win. 

Chasing a stiff 359 for a win after England had managed only 67 in their first innings, the hosts were faltering at 286 for 9 and needed another 73 runs to win the game. Stokes was joined by Jack Leach, and all Australia needed was one wicket to win the game. The duo, however, batted with maturity and added 76 in only 10.2 overs as they scripted the second highest run chase on English soil. 

"It was unbelievable and something I will never forget. I've got to take it all in. I'm not sure it will ever happen again. It's in the top two feelings I have ever had on a cricket field," Stokes told Sky TV.

"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 had scored 84 in the finals last month.

"We have to move on to the next game (at Old Trafford from September 4) 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.

"There is nothing better than being there at the end and getting your team over the line. (Sunday) has been incredible," said an emotional Stokes.

Stokes said he never stopped believing that England could win. "Never give up. It's never over until it's over. When Leachy (Jack Leach) came in, it was pretty clear what needed to be done. I was saying 'I'll take five balls and you take one'.

"Leachy has done it before -- he was the super nightwatchman who got 92 (against Ireland at Lord's in July), so I backed him and knew that he had the desire to keep the ball out. I wasn't nervous until we needed single figures but I couldn't watch at the end -- I was just waiting to see what happened," he said.

"They are probably the most crucial balls Jack is going to face in his Test career, so credit to him for doing that in a high-pressure situation. When it got down into the 20s, I thought I could rein it in a little but when it was up at fifties, sixties, seventies I thought I really had to go.

"I was so in the zone of what I had to do. Time wasn't an issue at the start of the day -- if it was going to take us until Monday to get the runs, we were fully prepared to do that," Stoke was quoted as saying by www.skysports.com.

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