In his latest column for Sky Sports, Jason Roy reflects on Ben Stokes’ Headingley heroicshis DJ set later and discusses his movement to No 4 in the order and how he hopes it will win him a Tottenham Hotspur top…
Stokesy’s hundred at Headingley is currently 100 per cent.
Just like the craziness of this World Cup win, it leaves you lost for words. It was just ridiculous.
Getting bowled out in the first innings for 67 was disheartening and it was always going to be hard out there out there. We thought we’d wind up in the position we were in on this fourth day of the Evaluation, let alone win it.
However there was lots of stuff said, such as’while still Stokesy there, we have got an opportunity’.
I’d lost hope – 73 runs still needed, with just one wicket? I’d began packing my equipment up, and Stokesy struck on a few sixes.
I thought,’that is going to be fine to see, whatever the outcome’, so I went and stood in the balcony, holding the back of a seat, using some of the lads round me.
I am not normally a huge believer in this kind of material but, from that point on, nobody moved.
Between chunks you would have a very small bit of a walk round but, when the bowler was again back on top of his run, it was back to my chair.
By roughly as early as 40 runs still needed, everyone in the room started to have the identical feeling. The controller he showed, hitting sixes at will, rotating the strike and his calming effect on Jack Leach.
Clearly things went our way we won’t shy away from that – with the run-out that was near which Nathan Lyon fumbled.
The lads moved with Stokesy beating us then suddenly Leachy sprinting down to the trail. A few of the guys collapsed!
Leachy can’t talk about it. I stated , I feel exactly the identical way regarding the chunk that I fielded from the World Cup final for the run-out. It keeps me awake through the night.
However he deserves a huge amount of the plaudits for his role in the win and was unbelievable.
As for Stokesy, I do not know how he had the energy. Where nothing went to stop him, he was in that frame of mind. He didn’t show much emotion – that he concentrated whatsoever times on the task in hand – and you may see the cost that occurred at the end, he was completed!
Us lads in the room were tired, going through the emotions. He should have been operating off pure adrenaline, also McDonald’s at the evening’s end!
I missed out on this trip as I started heading back home by there, for a group was an extraordinary moment, but sitting around the outfield.
These are the times that you play with the game . There was talk, we were taking it all in; it was a beautiful day, with the sun going down and it was silent ahead there was carnage.
Leachy is the most humble bloke in the changing room but, after a couple of beers, we could spur him to re-enact his game-tying run. I had been in charge of the tunes for a bit.
There was a few hip hop, which is my type of vibe, but it slowed down and threw into a little Lewis Capaldi towards the ending.
This week moving on to the Old Trafford Test, there’s the feeling round the team that the momentum is with us. The lads are fired and now believe anything is possible.
But on a personal note, my kind has been frustrating. I have found it extremely tough, although I understood opening the batting in Test cricket was going to be completely different to cricket.
Coming off the rear of this World Cup – atmosphere mentally and physically drained – I have been attempting to learn on the job and work my way when playing out.
I thinking, facing a few balls and have been going out to bat,’that is currently working’ and I’ll find a fantastic basketball, or a drive ball that I nick, and you need to start all over again next innings.
Individuals have made their conclusions, saying’he’s not a Test participant’ and this sort of stuff. I believe I may be, and am, and moving down to the order for this Evaluation, mentally it’s much more reassuring. You get a bit more time to ease into 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 set of tall bowlers, that operate upward at or near 90mph. They are consistent; they don’t appear to miss their own areas.
However, as a apparatus, we’re hungry. That is a terrific feeling, especially considering how deep we’re in the total amount of cricket that’s been played and the entire year.
The next innings at Headingley will be 100 percent our template moving forward. In an perfect world, you’d need one batsman to go large with Stokesy, to push for the large 400, 450 plus totals and it would be excellent if I could contribute and find a big score in these two Tests.
My small girl Everly is still a Tottenham fan, although they sent him following his hundred years; Stokesy was showing off using the newest shirt even if just to find out what I could get delivered from Tottenham Hotspur.
During their Champions League game against Manchester City I remember she had been yelling and crying and crying, and then I flicked the soccer on and abruptly she stopped.
When Tottenham win this match I mentioned, she is a Tottenham fan. She did not cry the whole game and also, in my opinion, their run into the closing was down into her.
I’m not the only one this week 13, chomping at the piece. Jofra Archer is looking forward to building on his attempts at Headingley and excited.
He is eager to get going, but so is everyone. We do not need the effort of Stokesy at Headingley to be for nothing and it will be, when we lose this match.
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