Ashes 2019: Ben Stokes says England have ‚forgotten‘ about Headingley heroics

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By Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport in Old Trafford
Ben Stokes says if England don’t win back the Ashes from Australia, that his innings at Headingley will count for nothing.
Stokes‘ 135 not out led England to an incredible victory and levelled the series at 1-1.
Should they win the fourth Test at Old Trafford, that begins on 21,, But, Australia will keep the urn.
„We’ve got to get the point across that we have forgotten around Headingley,“ said Stokes.
In an interview to be aired on the BBC’s Test Match Special during lunch on day one of the fourth Test, the all-rounder added:“This is a message we’ve been drilling to everyone in the group.
„People will talk about it and it will come up in interviews, but it will count for nothing if we do not win those Ashes.“
As holders, to be able to shoot the Ashes down under Australia have to draw the series.
Meaning England cannot afford to get beaten in both of the final two Tests and at The Oval next week.
Stokes‘ extraordinary innings kept the series alive when it appeared like England were beaten in Leeds.
When man Jack Leach joined him, 73 was still had by the hosts but, between them, the pair took England – the score they have ever chased to win a Test.
Australia captain Tim Paine admits he’s“lost a bit of sleep“ thinking what to do about Stokes.
„I haven’t lost a hell of a lot of sleep thinking about my own captaincy but I have dropped a bit of sleep thinking how we are going to get him out, that is for certain,“ he explained.
Stokes‘ brilliance came six months after he was named man of the match in the World Cup once England raised the prize for the first time.
But he stated he doesn’t feel any pressure to keep to reproduce performances.
„I just go out there and try to do what I am paid to do, and that’s score runs and take wickets,“ said the England vice-captain.
„I obviously understand and love exactly what Headingley was, just how special that match was, however, I still look at it just like I had been going out there to perform my job“
Stokes did concede that England summer so much – the World Cup was obtained following a super over along with the end into the Headingley Test was one of the most dramatic of all-time – has heightened interest in the match.
„This summer is made cricket bigger than I ever remember it to be the Headingley Test has made cricket move even higher than it was after the World Cup,“ he explained.
„You see even tiny little matters, like the percent of individuals who wait at the hotel for autographs has gone through the roof.
„That’s something to do with what we have been able to achieve this summer so far.“
You can hear the interview through the lunch interval on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test with Ben Stokes on Test Match Special.
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