England lost to Australia by 43 runs in the chase of 371 in the fourth innings of the second Ashes Test at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. However, it was Stokes’s knock that helped the hosts to reduce the margin of defeat for the hosts. He played a valiant knock of 155 runs off 214 balls to guide the hosts near victory. But the day was of Australia who displayed a sheer bowling attack to clinch the fixture by 43 runs. Ben Stokes counter-attacking batting approach brought back memories of Headingley as he rattled Australia’s bowling attack.
With England reeling at 193-6, Stokes came to their rescue & smashed 155 runs with nine fours & nine sixes to guide the hosts near a win. He kept the team alive in the chase by smashing boundaries & maximums. His knock grabbed the limelight as former England Captain, Eoin Morgan too heaped praise on his ability to give his best & win crucial fixtures for the team.
“He (Stokes) just keeps getting better in these big games. It’s almost like the more he demands of himself, the better he gets. Great players recognize situations where they either need to take the game away from you or they need to take the sting out of the game. That’s exactly what he did as he picked and chose when he wanted to do his thing and that’s an unbelievable skill,” Morgan said while speaking to Sky Sports after the end of the match.