Ben Stokes played one of Test cricket’s greatest innings as England defeated Australia by one wicket in an epic third Ashes Test at Headingley on Sunday. England, bowled out for just 67 in their first innings, needed 73 more runs to reach a victory target of 359 when last man Jack Leach, came into bat on the fourth day. But Leach held firm before Stokes, the batting hero of England’s World Cup final triumph, hit the winning runs by flaying paceman Pat Cummins for a four that saw the all-rounder finish on 135 not out.
While some hailed Stokes as the best all-rounder of all time, one of England’s former cricketers Graeme Swann went a step ahead and said that if he had a sister, he would want her to marry Stokes. Below are some Twitter reactions on Ben Stokes's heroics in the third Ashes Test and England's nail-biting one-wicket victory over Australia:
I have no sister but if I did I’d want her to marry Ben Stokes.— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) August 25, 2019
OH MY GOD. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY THE MOST INCREDIBLE BIT OF SPORT EVER. GIVE BEN STOKES THE KEYS TO THE WORLD. IT’S HIS.— Greg James (@gregjames) August 25, 2019
OH MY WORD WE'VE DONE IT!!! SIR BEN STOKES YOU ABSOLUTE HERO!!!! ENGLAND WIN THE GREATEST TEST MATCH OF ALL-TIME!!! ðŸÂ´ó Â§ó Â¢ó Â¥ó Â®ó Â§ó Â¿ðŸÂ´ó Â§ó Â¢ó Â¥ó Â®ó Â§ó Â¿ðŸÂ´ó Â§ó Â¢ó Â¥ó Â®ó Â§ó Â¿ðŸÂ´ó Â§ó Â¢ó Â¥ó Â®ó Â§ó Â¿ðŸÂ´ó Â§ó Â¢ó Â¥ó Â®ó Â§ó Â¿ðŸ¦ÂðŸ¦ÂðŸ¦ÂðŸ¦Â pic.twitter.com/2TDAyyc0QC— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 25, 2019
Take a bow for Ben Stokes !!! https://t.co/qfTKgr95y3— Möhsin (@MohsinKhawas) August 25, 2019
That was quite a Ben Stokes from Ben Stokes in the Ben Stokes to keep Ben Stokes in the Ben Stokes. #BenStokes— Outside Context Problem (@Blunderbum) August 25, 2019
@fredboycott you win nowt slogging— nigel moss (@13mossy) August 25, 2019
RT @bet365: Ben Stokes had it all to do after England's ninth wicket fell.
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7 sixes#Ashes pic.twitter.com/1v15su8qdo
I'm fortunate enough to be old enough to have witnessed the Botham and Willis Headingley miracle in 1981 live and honestly thought that I'd never ever see it topped but thanks to Ben Stokes I have seen it topped #Ashes2019 #ENGvAUS #bbccricket— Ty Kropp (@tizlad) August 25, 2019
That was pretty special! @benstokes38 , that was ridiculous! Well done. Ashes alive and well.— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 25, 2019
Whenever somebody pronounces the death of Test cricket, a match like this will come along..— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) August 25, 2019
And can there still be much doubt that @benstokes38 is the most dominant cricketer in the world today... #Ashes2019