Former England Star Cricketer David Gower Hail Ashes Victory
David Gower hail Ashes victory and called England’s astonishing ashes victory in the third test against Australia “the most impressive cricket I’ve ever seen.” Former England captain David Gower captivated by Sunday’s dramatic conclusion and told Good Morning Britain, “At 73 for the last wicket, that was the goal, it just didn’t happen.”
Ben Stokes led England to his return triumph with a hard-hitting 135 that did not come out to keep his team’s hopes of recovering the ashes alive after they were ejected by 67 in the first innings.
Stokes formed an incredible 73-run association in the last wicket with Number 11 Jack Leach to see England in a 1-1 level win with two games to play.
“I’ve played in games where it’s almost happened, and people have been through that eleventh wicket still getting runs, pushing the singles, the main man does the work, but that was just amazing.”
“I don’t like hyperbole, but that was the most amazing cricket I’ve ever seen, more or less.”
Stokes’ tickets were compared to Ian Botham’s 1981 match-winning innings on the same ground, particularly by Botham himself.
“You have to remember that Ben Stokes is the “special” “because he’s capable of many things,” Botham told Good Morning Britain.
“He’s becoming a bigger and better cricketer every day, and I think he’s unique, and yesterday he was a box office.
“To be honest with you, when you are in that situation and facing it, I think it’s a win-win situation in the eyes of many people, so you have nothing to lose.”
“You go out and have fun you play. In ’81 I had a guy named Graham Dilley who batted at the other end and played superbly, and that was something exceptional, I think that was his highest score.”
– ‘Written in the Stars’ –
Stokes was also one of the star artists when England won their first World Cup Title of 2019 with a sensational final victory over New Zealand in July.
“Ben is capable of many, many things in this game of cricket and yesterday he came out and I think he enjoyed it, and I think that’s half the key,” Botham added.
“He was determined, but he enjoyed the moment. He’ll get the stuffing out of Australia.”
Former England bowler Steve Harmison said it was “written in the stars” that it was going to be Stokes Day.
Harmison, part of England’s incredible 2005 ashes victory, said the SUV was special.
“He’s always been a special talent. He didn’t play the best of the shots in the first inning, and then, in the second inning, he told the captain “well, give me the ball, Jofra Archer is out,” Harmison said.
“Stokes has his team in a position to win the game and left and did it himself yesterday afternoon.
“It was a lump in his throat, a tear in his eye and watching the people at Headingley jump and scream, English cricket, test cricket: it’s been a fantastic summer for the game we loved.
“I think it written in the stars that it was going to be Ben Stokes’ day and he deserved it completely.”