In his latest column for Sky Sports, Jason Roy reflects Ben Stokes’ Headingley heroicshis DJ set afterwards and discusses his transfer No 4 in the order and how he hopes it’s going to win him a Tottenham Hotspur shirt…
Stokesy’s hundred in Headingley will be currently 100 per cent.
The same as the craziness of the World Cup win, it leaves you lost for words. It was ridiculous.
Getting bowled out to 67 was disheartening and it was always going to be hard from there out there. We thought we’d wind up in the position we’re in for that day of the Test, let alone win it.
However there was lots of stuff said, for example’while still Stokesy’s still there, we’ve got an opportunity’.
I had lost confidence – 73 runs needed, with a wicket left? I had began packing my gear up, and Stokesy hit a few sixes.
I thought,’that is going to be good to watch, regardless of what the result’, so I went and stood in the balcony, holding the back of a chair, using a few of the lads around me.
I’m not a huge believer in this kind of stuff but, from that point on, no one moved.
Between chunks you would have a little walk however, it was back to my seat, when the bowler was again back at the very top of his run.
By about as ancient as 40 runs needed, everyone in the changing room started to have the same feeling. The attack and his calming effect he revealed, hitting sixes rotating on Jack Leach.
Things went our way – we won’t shy away from that – with the near run-out which Nathan Lyon fumbled.
The lads went from feeling on top of earth, with Stokesy smashing us to victory, to then suddenly Leachy sprinting down the track. Some of the guys collapsed!
Leachy can’t speak about it. I said to him, I feel the exact identical way about the ball that I fielded from the World Cup closing to your run-out. It keeps me awake through the night.
However he had been incredible and deserves a enormous amount of the plaudits for his part.
As for Stokesy, I do not know how he had the energy. Where nothing went to stop him, he was just in that frame of mind. He didn’t show much emotion – he was focusing at all times on the task in hand – and you may see the toll that required at the finish, he had been absolutely completed!
Even us lads from the changing room were tired, moving through the emotions. He must have been operating off pure adrenaline, also McDonald’s at the evening’s end!
I missed out on that trip as I begun heading back home by there, as a group, observing after one of the greatest Test matches of all time, was still an extraordinary moment, however, sitting on the outfield.
These are the times that you play with the sport . There wasn’t too much discussion, we simply took it all in; it was a beautiful day, with the sun going down and it was dead silent before there was complete carnage.
Leachy is the most humble bloke from the living area but, after a couple of beers, we were able to spur him on to re-enact his game-tying run. I was responsible for the songs for a little.
There was some hip hop, which is much more my type of vibe, but that I slowed down it and threw in a bit of Lewis Capaldi towards the finish.
This week, moving on to the Old Trafford Test, there is the feeling round the group which the momentum is with us. The lads are fired up and believe anything is possible.
On a personal note, my form has been frustrating. I have found it extremely difficult, although I knew that opening the cricket was definitely going to be distinct to unmarried cricket.
Coming into the Test arena off the back of this World Cup – atmosphere mentally and emotionally drained – work my way whilst enjoying out and I have been attempting to learn on the job.
I have been heading out to bat, facing some balls and thinking,’that is working’ and I’ll find a basketball, or a drive ball I nick, and you have to start all over again innings.
People have left their conclusions, saying’he is not a Test participant’ and this sort of stuff. I think I could be, and am, and moving down to the order to this Evaluation, mentally it comforting. You get a bit more time to ease to an innings.
That’s not to say it is going to be easy. This is comfortably the best attack I have ever confronted; they have a group of fast bowlers, who operate upward at or close. They are so consistent; they don’t appear to miss their areas.
However, as a unit, we’re hungry. That’s a terrific feeling, especially considering how deep we are in the season and the amount of cricket that has been played.
The next innings at Headingley is 100 percent our template moving forward. In an ideal world, you’d need one more batsman to go big with Stokesy, to push the large 400, 450 plus totals plus it’d be wonderful if I could donate and find a huge score in these following two Tests.
Even if just to see what I can get sent to me Stokesy was showing off using the new shirt that he has delivered by them after his hundred years, but my woman Everly is still a Tottenham fan.
Throughout their Champions League game against Manchester City I recall she was yelling and yelling and crying, and then I flicked the soccer on and she stopped.
When Tottenham win this match, I mentioned, she’s a Tottenham fan. She didn’t cry the entire game and also, in my view, their run into the final was down for her.
I’m not the only one this week 13, chomping at the bit. Jofra Archer is looking forward to building on his attempts at Headingley and really excited.
He is excited to get going, but that’s everybody. We don’t need the attempt of Stokesy at Headingley to be for nothing and it is going to be when we lose this game.
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