England vs Australia 3rd Ashes Test Day 5: Stokes’ incredible heroics keeps England’s Ashes hopes alive

Ben Stokes 135 not out England Australia 3rd Ashes Test Day 5 Headingley cricket

Ben Stokes exults after leading England to an stunning win at Headingley

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Ben Stokes struck an unbeaten 135 to not only lead England to a heart-racing one-wicket win over Australia at Headingley, but also kept their Ashes hopes alive.

Stokes’ magical innings, which levelled the series at 1-1, also helped England chase down 359, which is their highest successful run chase in Test history.

Starting off the day on 156/3, England only added three runs to their overnight score before captain Joe Root was dismissed by Nathan Lyon for 77, which came off 205 balls and included seven boundaries.

Stokes and Jonny Bairstow made up for the loss of Root with an 86-run partnership before Bairstow was removed by Josh Hazlewood for 36.

Jos Buttler was run out by Travis Head shortly after, while Chris Woakes was sent packing by Hazlewood after scoring one run.

Jofra Archer mustered 15 runs before he was caught by Head at deep square leg off the bowling of Lyon.

With Stuart Broad being trapped lbw off the bowling of James Pattinson for a duck, England were left struggling at 286/9.

However, Stokes refused to go down without a fight and significantly upped the ante as he took the attack to Australia’s bowlers.

With Jack Leach managing to hold his own at the other end, Stokes slowly began inching England ever closer to victory.

He finally scripted a legendary win for his side with a boundary off the bowling of Pat Cummins.

Stokes finished on 135, which came off 219 balls and included 11 boundaries and eight sixes, while Leach remained undefeated on one.

Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Lyon snapped up two, and Cummins and Pattinson claimed one wicket each.

Stokes was named Man of the Match.

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