England’s leading man Ben Stokes talked for an entire state of cricket fans as??he awakened an unforgettable summer in five words:“It has been a blast“
The sport has enjoyed its season since 2005, elbowing its way to some very first drawn Ashes show in 47 decades, from an early World Cup win into the national conversation with a diet of spills and thrills.
Nobody has ever played a bigger part in delivering moments than Stokes. It had been his one-handed’Superman’ catch at the World Cup curtain-raiser that got the tournament going in style, his never-say-die innings that dragged the hosts back from the brink at the final along with his all-time classic bluff at Headingley which provided the highlight of some hard-fought Evaluation effort against Australia.
Having spent the last couple of months in the eye of a storm,“ Stokes was able to reunite and talk about a beer with his own England team-mates and Australian rivals since both sides came together to toast a 2-2 draw in The Oval dressing chambers.
„It has been a blast,“ he said. „There’ve been some extraordinary highs and some moments that I can hardly believe happened, but they failed and I will always have the ability to recall what it was like being out there in the midst once we won the World Cup or won at Headingley.
„It probably hasn’t all sunk in yet, but at some point I will have the ability to look back with satisfaction at what we managed to attain as a one time team and a Test team this year.
„Earlier England had played a match this summer we knew we had the World Cup along with the Ashes ahead of us and now we are stood at the ending as World Cup winners and with a drawn Ashes series.
„It hasn’t been plain sailing because we had to dig ourselves out of a hole in the World Cup after which we had to garbage until the very last to get that trophy, but we got it.
„The exact same from the Asheswe had to struggle all the way to the limit to get the draw but we got it and I think that is something we could be so proud of. When things got tough, we did not sag, we stood tall towards the end and revealed the character in our dressing room.“
Stokes is not able to return as the figure in the athletic dramas of 2019, however he was excited to share the charge.
He termed Stuart Broad’s consistent performances resulting in the Test attack“epic“, Rory Burns“amazing“ for his efforts at opener and said of emerging celebrity Jofra Archer:“I don’t think I have seen a more talented bowler in my time.“
A special tribute was for Jack Leach, drafted in as spinner after Moeen Ali’s loss of shape. He handled 12 wickets, including two in two balls to complete the series on Sunday, but won the public’s hearts.
His one not outside at in a last-wicket rack of 76 with Stokes will decrease in folklore, as will his his addiction of rubbing his glasses between chunks.
„He’s been the crowd favourite the entire summer,“ Stokes said. „The whole nation fell in love with him.“
There were reports that Australia were taken with his regular but they denied man of the series Leach when he donned a set of eyeglasses was being mocked by Steve Smith.
The pair happily posed for a picture since the teams secured evening.
„He came for me to allow me to know it wasn’t about me. I was sort of hoping it had been,“ Leach said of Smith. „I believed it was a good laugh. I was ashamed after Headingley when the video came out of me recreating my first one.
„I think I deserved that, to be honest. That’s why we got a picture together after the game
Leach was able to share a joke out that could have altered the length of this series in Leeds with fellow spinner Nathan Lyon, that fumbled an easy jog.
„Nathan came and explained to me,’How many beers do you owe me’ I think owe him a lot,“ he smiled.
„When I was batting at the end along with the crowd were singing,’Stand up in the event that you love Jack Leach’. I simply thought,’What is happening?’ Sport is fickle and I guess you need to appreciate the good minutes and never get too down on the terrible moments“