In his most recent column for Sky Sports, Jason Roy reflects Ben Stokes’ Headingley heroics, his DJ set afterwards and discusses his transfer to No 4 in the order and he hopes it will win him a Tottenham Hotspur top…
Stokesy’s hundred at Headingley is currently 100 per cent.
The same as this World Cup final win’s craziness, it leaves you kind of lost for words. It was simply ridiculous.
Getting bowled out to 67 was extremely disheartening and it was going to be hard from there out there. We never thought we’d end up in the position we’re in about this fourth day of this Exam win it.
But there was lots of stuff mentioned, such as’while still Stokesy there, we have got an opportunity’.
I’d lost hope – 73 runs needed, with a wicket? I’d began packing my equipment up, Stokesy hit on a few sixes.
I thought,’this is going to be fine to see, regardless of what the outcome’, so I went and stood in the balcony, holding the back of a chair, with a few of the lads round me.
I am not normally a big believer in this type of material but, from there on, nobody moved.
Possibly between chunks you would have a little walk however, it was back to my chair, once the bowler was again back at the very top of the conduct.
By roughly as ancient as 40 runs needed, everybody in the room started to possess the same feeling; he is going to do so. His effect and the attack he revealed, hitting at sixes at will, rotating on Jack Leach.
Obviously things went our way – we won’t shy – with the run-out that was close that Nathan Lyon fumbled.
The lads moved with Stokesy smashing us then abruptly Leachy sprinting down to the trail. Some of the guys collapsed!
Leachy can’t speak about it. I said , I feel exactly the identical way regarding the ball I fielded in the World Cup final for the run-out. It keeps me awake during the night, the notion of fumbling it.
However he had been incredible and deserves a enormous amount of the plaudits for his part.
As Stokesy, I do not know how he had the power for. He was only in this frame of mind where nothing was about to prevent him. He did not show much emotion all day – he was focusing in any way times on the job in hand – and now you may see the cost that occurred by the end, he had been completely finished!
Us lads from the changing room were exhausted, going through the emotions. Pure adrenaline must have been running off, also McDonald’s at the end of the day!
As I begun heading back home by that point, but sitting around the outfield for a team was still an amazing moment, I missed out on this trip.
These are the times that you and the sport play for. There was talk, we only took it all in; it was a gorgeous evening, with the sun and it was silent, yet just a few hours before there was carnage.
Leachy is the very humble bloke from the living area however, after a few beers, we could spur on him to re-enact his game-tying run. I had been in charge of the tunes for a little.
There was some hip hop, which is my sort of vibe, but I slowed down it and threw in a little Lewis Capaldi towards the conclusion.
This past week, moving on to the Old Trafford Test, there’s the feeling around the team the momentum is with us. Even the lads are fired up and believe anything can be possible.
On a personal note, my kind has been quite frustrating. I have found it hard, although I understood opening the cricket was likely to be totally different to one-day cricket.
Coming into the Test scene off the rear of this World Cup – atmosphere mentally and physically drained – work my method while playing out and I’ve been attempting to learn at work.
I facing a few chunks, have been going out to bat and thinking,’that is currently functioning’ and I’ll find a good basketball, or a push ball I nick, and you have to begin all over again innings.
Individuals have made their conclusions, saying’he is not a Test player’ and this type of stuff. I believe I am, and can be, and thus moving down to the order to No 4 for this Evaluation, emotionally it reassuring. You get a little more time to ease to an innings.
That’s not to say it’s going to be simple. This is the ideal attack I’ve ever faced; they have a constant group of tall, fast bowlers, that all operate up at or close. They are so consistent; they do not seem to miss their own areas.
However, as a batting apparatus, we’re hungry. That’s a terrific feeling, especially considering how deep we’re in the entire year and the total amount of cricket that’s been played already.
The second innings at Headingley will be 100 per cent our template going. In an perfect world, you’d need one more batsman to go large with Stokesy, to drive for the big 400, 450 plus totals plus it would be fantastic if I could donate and receive a big score in those next two Tests.
Even if just to find out what I could get delivered out of Tottenham Hotspur ; Stokesy was displaying with the brand newest shirt they sent him after his hundred, but my girl Everly is still a Tottenham fan.
Throughout their Champions League game against Manchester City earlier in the year, I remember she was crying and crying and crying, and then I flicked the football on and she stopped.
When Tottenham win this game, I said, she’s a Tottenham fan. She didn’t cry the entire game and, in my view, their run into the closing was down for her.
I’m not the only one chomping at the piece this week. Jofra Archer is so excited and looking forward to building on his efforts.
He is eager to get going, but that’s everyone. We don’t need Stokesy’s effort at Headingley to be for nothing and it will be when we lose this game.
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