In his most recent column for Sky Sports, Jason Roy reflects Ben Stokes’ Headingley heroicshis DJ setup later and discusses his movement No 4 in the order and how he hopes it’ll win him a Tottenham Hotspur shirt…
Stokesy’s hundred in Headingley is 100 per cent.
Just like the craziness of this World Cup win, it leaves you lost for words. It was simply ridiculous.
Getting bowled out from the first innings to 67 was extremely disheartening and it was always going to be hard from there on out. We never thought we would wind up in the scenario we’re in for that fourth day of this Test, let alone win it.
But there was lots of stuff said, like’while Stokesy there, we have got an opportunity’.
I had lost confidence – 73 runs needed, with just one wicket? I had started packing my gear up, Stokesy hit a few sixes.
I thought,’that is going to be good to see, regardless of what the result’, so that I went and stood on the balcony, holding the back of a chair, with some of the lads around me.
I am not a big believer in this sort of material but, from that point on, no one moved.
Possibly between balls you would have a very small bit of a walk around however, it was straight back to my seat, when the bowler was back at the very top of the run.
By about as ancient as 40 runs needed, everybody in the room began to possess the feeling. The strike and his influence he showed, hitting sixes at will, rotating .
Things went our way we won’t shy away from that – with the close run-out that Nathan Lyon fumbled.
The lads went from feeling on top of the world, with Stokesy smashing us then suddenly Leachy sprinting down the trail. A few of the guys collapsed!
Leachy can’t speak about it. I said to him, I feel exactly the identical way regarding the ball I fielded in the World Cup final for the run-out. It keeps me awake through the night.
But he deserves a large amount of the plaudits for his part and was incredible.
As for Stokesy, I don’t understand how he had the energy. Where nothing went to prevent him, he was in that frame of mind. He did not show much emotion – he concentrated in any respect times on the task in hand – and you may see the cost that took at the end, he had been completely completed!
Even us lads at the changing room were tired, moving through of the emotions. He must have been running off pure adrenaline, also McDonald’s at the evening’s close!
I missed out on this trip as I begun going back home by there, but sitting around the outfield as a team, celebrating after one of the greatest Test matches of all time, was an incredible moment.
Those are the times you and the sport play with for. There was talk, we simply took it all in; it was a beautiful evening, with the sun and it was dead silent ahead there was carnage.
Leachy is the most humble bloke in the room that is changing however, after a couple of beers, we were able to spur him to re-enact his game-tying run. I had been in charge of the tunes for a bit.
It slowed down and threw in a bit of Lewis Capaldi towards the finish, although there was some hip hop, which is much more my sort of vibe.
This past week, moving on to the Old Trafford Test, there’s the feeling around the team which the momentum is with us. The lads are fired up and now believe anything is possible.
But on a personal note, my kind has been rather frustrating. I knew opening the batting in Test cricket was going to be completely different to one-day cricket, but I have found it tough.
Coming straight off the rear of the World Cup – believing emotionally and emotionally drained – work my way while enjoying out and I have been trying to learn at work.
I have been heading out to bat, facing some balls and thinking,’that is functioning’ and I’ll get a push ball, or a ball that I nick, and you have to start all over again next innings.
People have left their decisions, saying’he is not a Test player’ and this type of stuff. I believe I am, and could be, and thus moving down to the sequence to this Evaluation it is far more comforting. You receive a little more time to ease to an innings.
That’s not to say it is definitely going to be easy. This is comfortably the ideal attack I have ever faced; they’ve a relentless set of fast bowlers, who operate upward at or near 90mph. They are consistent; they don’t seem to miss their areas.
However, as a apparatus, we are hungry. That is a terrific feeling, especially considering how deep we’re in the total amount of cricket that’s been played and the season.
The next innings at Headingley will be 100 per cent our template moving forward. In an perfect world, you’d need yet another batsman to go large with Stokesy, to push for the large 400, 450 plus totals plus it’d be amazing if I could contribute and find a big score in those following two Tests.
Even if just to see what I could get sent to me from Tottenham Hotspur; Stokesy has been showing off using the new shirt he has sent by them after his hundred, but my small girl Everly is still a Tottenham fan.
Throughout their Champions League game against Manchester City earlier in the year, I remember that she had been crying and crying and crying, then I flicked the soccer on and suddenly she stopped.
If Tottenham win this game, I mentioned, she is a Tottenham fan. She didn’t cry the entire game and also, in my view, their conduct into the closing was all down into her.
I am not the only one chomping at the piece this week though. Jofra Archer is looking forward to building on his attempts and enthusiastic.
He’s excited to get going, but so is everybody. We do not need the attempt of Stokesy to be for nothing and it will be, when we lose this match.
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