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Thrashed by bouncer helmet broken but Ben Stokes showed great courage and resistance in Leeds test and steers England towards win

Memories of Ben Stocks (135 not out, 11 fours and 8 sixes) on his century. England registered a historic victory by 1 wicket over Australia in the Headingley Test match. Ben Stokes made a 76-run unbroken partnership with spinner Jack Leach (unbeaten one) for the last wicket to snatch the match from Australia's jaws and put it in England's bag. England were in a bad state when captain Joe Root landed on the fourth day of the match to bat. The team was facing a loss crisis.

Stokes single-handedly won Australia's jaws of victory
Storm bowlers like Pat Cummins, Jose Hazlewood and James Pattinson were in full rhythm. At the end of the fourth day's play, England had scored 156 runs losing 3 wickets. Captain Joe Root 75 and Ben Stokes were 2 not out. England needed 203 more runs to win on the last day of the match, while Australia needed 7 wickets. Given the form of the Australian bowlers, it did not seem too difficult. England's team was limited to scoring only 67 runs in front of these bowlers in the first innings.

When Josh Hazlewood was hit by Ben Stokes in the head, Joe Root returned to the pavilion on a score of 77 when the game began on the last day. He was caught by Nathan Lion at David Warner. After this, it seemed that no one could save England from defeat in this match. But Ben Stokes was more determined. During this time a short pitch ball from Josh Hazlewood came straight to the Stokes' helmet. Stokes' helmet's neck guard is split in two. In such a situation Stocks not only had to change their helmets but also had to take help of physio.

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Ben Stokes blown 8 sixes in his century innings
But as the game progressed, Stocks got his eye on the bat and got off the run. England's team lost their ninth wicket at a score of 286. Then he needed 73 runs to win. Ben Stokes did not give up and continued to score rapidly from one end, while Jack Leach was with him at the other end. Ben Stokes was batting with the determination that if he won, there would be wow and history would be made, the defeat was very close anyway. He made a splash of sixes. When he returned unbeaten on the fourth day of the match, he scored 2 runs in 67 balls. The last day when his team returned unbeaten to victory, had scored 135 runs in 219 balls, including 8 sixes with 11 fours.

England, Leach and Stokes also had luck on the side, although Ben Ben Stokes also had luck. He was lbw to Nathan Lyon in the 125th over of the innings. But umpire Joel Wilson did not give out and the Australian team had lost their DRS earlier. Also Australia had another chance when Jack Leach could run out. But Nathan Lyon could not ball the ball at the non-striker end and Leach got enough chances to get to the crease. Stokes, who stood at the crease for nearly five and a half hours, gave the team the victory by hitting a four off Pat Cummins (one wicket for 80 runs). Thanks to his innings, Ben Stokes registered the England team and one of the greatest wins in Test cricket.

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