Cricket World Player of the Week - Ben Stokes
Benjamin Andrew Stokes' 135* showed there is little which can't be achieved on the back of human determination and perseverance.
This is a rare case when a player has been nominated the Cricket World Player of the Week thrice in less than three months, but such is the brilliance of this Christchurch-born all-rounder that he keeps on dishing out irresistible performances.
England were set a near impossible target of 359 in the third Ashes Test and even the most optimistic of the fans were not giving their team a chance. England's highest successful run chase in Tests had been 322 against Australia way back in Melbourne in 1928.
But one man, Benjamin Andrew Stokes, believed throughout and ultimately showed there is little which can't be achieved on the back of human determination and perseverance. Stokes lit up Headingley with some sumptuous shot-making and remained unbeaten on 135 to keep the Ashes alive.
Mind you, this came on the back of bowling figures of 3-56 in Australia's 2nd innings when he bowled his heart out and made things happen when the surface had virtually gone to sleep. This was Stokes' second hundred of the Ashes 2019, following his unbeaten 115 in England's 2nd innings at Lord's. He also scored a half-century and picked up four wickets in the Ashes opener.
Elsewhere, Tom Latham, BJ Watling, Dhananjaya de Silva and Ajinkya Rahane scored centuries and Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah took a five-wicket haul each.
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