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Australia’s Steve Smith seizes second chance in Ashes tale of two redemptions | Matthew Engel

Rather than being booed, Australia’s leading batsman should be saluted as a brave and decent cricketer for his stirring batting performances against EnglandFor tonight we’ll merry merry be,For tonight we’ll merry merry be, Continue reading…

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Ben Stokes, hero of Headingley, is England’s buccaneering totem

The all-action miracle man will never be perfect but belongs to that rare group of sporting giants with superhuman willIn the delirious aftermath of the World Cup final in July, Jos Buttler had a quick chat with Michael Vaughan on the Lord’s outfield. …

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England’s Ashes puzzles: what to do about Anderson, Roy – and Stokes | Tim de Lisle

Who makes room for Jimmy Anderson? Should Jason Roy be dropped or moved? And how do make sure Ben Stokes is still on song? There is plenty to ponder before the fourth TestEngland’s greatest bowler of the past decade has just proved his fitness again af…

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Ben Stokes celebrated Ashes exploits with TV replay and fast-food

• Allrounder revels in aftermath of Headingley heroics• Stokes: ‘There were quarter-pounders flying everywhere’Ben Stokes has revealed he celebrated his miraculous Ashes-saving innings at Headingley with his England teammates by visiting a McDonald’s d…

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Once troubled Ben Stokes now has a summer he will always own | Andy Bull

His career obituary was being written in 2017 but England’s Headingley Ashes hero has become the best version of himselfThe messiest corner of any sports writer’s life is their waste-paper bin. A lot of the time print deadlines are so tight that most o…

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The big question: was Stokes’s hundred the greatest Test innings you’ve seen?

All-rounder’s firework finale spanned Atherton’s Johannesburg doggedness with Botham’s 1981 heroics while eclipsing both. But what about Graham Gooch’s own Headingley masterpiece?If I’d been at the Waca in 1975 when Roy Fredericks thrashed 169 off Denn…

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Magnificent Ben Stokes is England’s greatest ever all-rounder | Moeen Ali

My friend’s feats at Headingley and in the World Cup final at Lord’s have elevated him above legends like Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff. He is the best cricketer I have played alongsideIn the biggest summer in English cricket history Ben Stokes has st…

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Ben Stokes’s miracle Headingley knock sets Test record for Sky

• Broadcaster registers peak of 2.1 million UK viewers• Channel 5’s one-hour highlights package attracts 2 millionBen Stokes and the miracle of Headingley resulted in Sky’s highest audience for a day of live Test cricket, with a peak of 2.1 million UK …

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From ‘village cricketer’ to cult hero: Jack Leach relives his 17-ball epic | Vic Marks

He scored just one run but in his match-winning stand with Ben Stokes, England’s No 11 became the owner of cricket’s most famous pair of spectacles since the days of David SteeleWell, his running between the wickets borders on the diabolical. It is not…

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Ben Stokes’s rampage should not be sullied with a judgmental asterisk | Rob Smyth

England all-rounder’s 135 not out was not compromised by a turned-down lbw shout that, rather, showed much-touted infallibility of cricket’s technology may be in doubtBen Stokes: 135*. His euphoric rampage at Headingley will forever be accompanied by a…

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Australia’s use of DRS must improve after Headingley defeat, admits Langer

• Head coach says one-wicket defeat in third Test ‘hurts’• Langer facing selection decision with Smith’s returnAustralia’s head coach, Justin Langer, wants to see an improvement in the way they use the decision review system after Ben Stokes was given …

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Australia’s use of DRS must improve after Headingley defeat, admits Langer

• Head coach says one-wicket defeat in third Test ‘hurts’• Langer facing selection decision with Smith’s returnAustralia’s head coach, Justin Langer, wants to see an improvement in the way they use the decision review system after Ben Stokes was given …

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Benevolence, blame and everything in between: how Australia reacted to Ashes defeat

From praise for the ‘indomitable’ Ben Stokes to hand-wringing over ‘a national cricketing nightmare’, this loss won’t be easily forgottenDrink it in, England. Intravenously connect this to your veins. While you’ve been sleeping or celebrating, Australi…

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Ashes captains reflect on ‘phenomenal’ Ben Stokes and third Ashes Test – video

England have won the third Ashes Test after a dramatic final day at Headingley. A sublime performance from England’s Ben Stokes was the difference as he finished with an impressive 135 not out. Speaking after the match, England captain Joe Root called …

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Ben Stokes’s best England innings since Botham puts all else in shade | Andy Bull

After a dizzying day in Leeds it is hard to imagine anything this year in this sport or any other eclipsing Ben Stokes’s display hereOh hell, just call it all off now. Forget the Premier League, cancel the Rugby World Cup, bin the world athletics champ…

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Ben Stokes says ‘he never gave up’ in batting heroics to keep Ashes alive

• All-rounder held his nerve with an unbeaten 135 to seal win• Joe Root: ‘At the minute he seems to be able to do anything’There are jaw-dropping performances in sport and then there is the one that Ben Stokes served up at Headingley on Sunday.When all…

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Ashes: Ben Stokes on England’s sensational third Test win over Australia – video

After looking like England were on the brink of another Test defeat, a sensational Ben Stokes performance steered his side to victory by one wicket at Headingley. England’s World Cup hero produced an astonishing 135 not out on the final day to bring th…

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Ben Stokes inspires England to sensational third Test win over Australia

• Australia 179 & 246, England 67 & 362• Stokes hits unbeaten 135 as home side level the series at 1-1Ben Stokes steered England to a sensational Ashes Test victory by one wicket at Headingley as he struck an astonishing innings of 135 not out …

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Ben Stokes warns Australia to expect more hostility from Jofra Archer

• ‘It’s a big part of Jofra’s game … he’s a frightening talent’• Steve Smith doubtful for third Test after being hit by quickBen Stokes has warned there will be no let-up from Jofra Archer in the remainder of the Ashes series – much as with Australia’s…

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Smith and Stokes emerge into light of redemption after dark side of obsession | Isa Guha

Steve Smith and Ben Stokes will understand forgiveness is not just earned by runs and wickets, it is by willingness to rebuild the example you setThe greatest cricketers obsess over their game with a motivation to be the best they can be. They squeeze …