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From Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport at Old Trafford
Ben Stokes says if England don’t win back the Ashes from Australia, that his heroic innings at Headingley will count for nothing.
Stokes’ levelled the series and 135 out not led England.
However, the urn will be retained by Australia if they win the first Test.
“We’ve got to find the point across that we have forgotten around Headingley,” said Stokes.
In an interview to be aired on the BBC’s Test Match Special throughout lunch on day one of the fourth Test, the all-rounder included:”This is a message we have been drilling to everybody in the group.
“People will talk about it and it will come up in interviews, but it will count for nothing if we don’t win those Ashes.”
As holders, so as to shoot the Ashes back down below Australia need to draw on the string.
Meaning England cannot afford to be beaten in either of the last two Tests and at The Oval.
Stokes’ extraordinary innings kept the series alive as it appeared like England were beaten in Leeds.
When last person Jack Leach united him, the hosts still desired 73 but, between these, the set took England to their target of 358 – the maximum score they have chased to win a Test.
Australia captain Tim Paine admits he’s”lost a bit of sleep” pondering what to do concerning Stokes.
“I haven’t missed a hell of a whole lot of sleep considering my own captaincy but I have lost a bit of sleep thinking how we’re likely to get him out, that is for sure,” he said.
Stokes’ genius came six months after he was named man of the game in the World Cup when the prize was lifted by England for the very first time.
But he said he does not feel some pressure to continue to replicate match-winning performances.
“I only go out there and try to do what I’m paid to do, and that’s score runs and take wickets,” said the England vice-captain.
“I obviously understand and appreciate what Headingley was, how special that match was, however, I still look at it just like I had been heading out there to do my job”
Stokes did pretend that interest in the game – the World Cup was obtained after a super over and the finish to the Headingley Test was among the most striking of all time – has noticeably heightened.
“This summer is made cricket bigger than I remember it to be and the Headingley Test has made cricket go much higher than it had been after the World Cup,” he said.
“You see tiny little matters, such as the amount of people who wait at the resort for autographs has gone through the roof.
“That has got something to do with that which we have managed to achieve this summer so far.”
You can hear the Complete interview with Ben Stokes on Test Match Special.
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