22 11월 2019

England’s most unforgettable moments of a stunning summer of cricket – vote for the best

As the nights start to draw in, another summer of cricket brings to a close leaving England fans using a short period of reflection before it all starts again with the first of three winter tours from New Zealand in November.
One simple fact must be admitted, before attempting to draw any conclusions however: that hasn’t been just another summer of cricket. It has been far more than this.
What has transpired within the previous four weeks has now surpassed all expectations although Using an Ashes series along with a World Cup, it was going to be a special. Cricket has captured the imagination of the public in a way not seen because of a collection of notable – in times scarcely believable – minutes.
We’ve narrowed it down, although there have been countless to pick from. Keep reading to learn which left the cut and vote for your favorite below.
When Jos Buttler strode out to the crease in the Ageas Bowl with a bit below 15 overs of the England innings the summer had hardly begun. Pakistan were the opposition and with all the hosts 211-3, they have been under stress.
But they might not have been prepared for what happened next as Buttler proceeded to burst nine sixes on his way by only 50 balls – the second fastest hundred by an England batsman. Top of this list? Buttler vs Pakistan at 2015, that you was from only 46 balls.
Having taken 32 deliveries to attain his half, Buttler subsequently went ballistic because he travelled from 50 to 100 in just 18 balls with 36 of the runs coming from maximums. It’s no longer a surprise to see him choose a bowling attack apart from such style, but it’s always spectacular and over three months before the start of the World Cupit was a reminder of the unbelievable power England had at their disposal and precisely why they were moving in as favourites.
May 30. After a build-up that seemed to continue for decades, the waiting was over and also the World Cup had arrived.
England had posted 311-8 at The Oval and South Africa were fighting in reply, the hosts had impressed however the match was missing a moment, something to indicate the start of this tournament.
Input Ben Stokes – along with Nasser Hussain…
“Oh! No way! No way! You can’t do this, but Ben Stokes!”
Andile Phehlukwayo had slog-swept Adil Rashid and observed to watch that the ball sail into the stands. Instead, he looked on in disbelief with the rest of us like Stokes, five yards off the rope in deep midwicket, flung himself into the atmosphere and powered his right arm above his mind to pluck the ball out of the atmosphere for one of the best catches the World Cup has ever seen.
The World Cup was well and truly under way and Stokes had been that the name on the lip of everyone, not for the last time in the summertime.
It had been touch and go for a while – defeats to Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia had abandoned their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread – but England were in the World Cup closing. Australia was vanquished at the semis and the New Zealand of Kane Williamson stood between them and World Cup glory.
As the Kiwis were limited in Lord’s to 241-8, all appeared to be going nicely, Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes with Jofra Archer miserly in the death and three wickets apiece overs to keep the runs down. When Eoin Morgan departed of the chase with England 86-4 over from the 24th, of him lifting the trophy, the possibility seemed slender.
Half-centuries from Buttler and Stokes kept England from the search but they needed 46 from 31 balls if the latter dropped. Stokes kept fighting, granted a lifetime when the boundary cushion was stepped on by Trent Boult after grabbing the all-rounder, but wickets tumbled around him and with four chunks 15 runs were needed.
The ball from Boult went in the stands, the only after attracted as the ball thrown from the deep diverted off Stokes’ bat and then hurried off to the fence. Unexpectedly it had been if Mark Wood was run out of the previous ball and three out of two, then two out of one. Super Over.
Stokes mustered 15 and appeared using Buttler for business. Then it was over to Archer. The superior boundary count of england meant New Zealand needed 16 to win. It was taken by A six out of Jimmy Neesham down to seven. That became three from 2, mirroring England’s equation only a couple of minutes two from one.
What happened next will be seared into the thoughts of England cricket fans . Archer into Martin Guptill, a yorker dug outside to the legside, Jason Roy tearing into and, with Guptill turned to return to the second, launching the ball to Buttler, who collected it broke the stumps to win at the World Cup for England -“by the barest of margins!”
No sooner had Morgan raised the World Cup trophy, attention turned to the Ashes and the chance to recover the urn. Before that however, England were again back at Lord’s to attempt to defeat Ireland in a Test.
It didn’t go entirely according to plan. Together with five at the XI, the home side had been rolled out before dinner on a sweltering day one for 85. They clawed their way back in the game from nightwatchman Jack Leach the batting highlight of the left-hander’s summer thanks to 92, and Ireland were left needing 182 to triumph.
But a day that started with dreams of a win in their first Test at Lord’s turned into a nightmare for Ireland. Their innings lasted only 15.4 overs as England tore them through, Woakes carrying 6-17 and Stuart Broad 4-19 – a nice boost prior to taking on Australia.
Hundreds from Steve Smith had condemned England in Edgbaston to a heavy defeat at the Ashes opener, a situation only made worse with an accident sustained on the very first afternoon by Jimmy Anderson which could rule him out.
England wanted a bowler, to galvanise both the fans and the team although not only to replace Anderson. That guy was Archer. The fast bowler had been left from the Test because he recovered from a slight accident but was ready, shooting and match to create his Test debut.
He had to wait though after rain washed out all day one and a chunk of day two as well, to get into the activity. From the end of day three though, he had made his mark.
For over an hour on Saturday day the new celebrity of England went toe-to-toe using the world Test batsman of the passages of drama Lord’s has ever noticed. Archer bowling over 90mph and was fired – his ball was clocked in among the charms by an England bowler in years – at 96mph.
Smith was up to your battle prior to a blow on the forearm shook him up. Clearly on occasion, the former Australia captain hauled on, amassing numerous boundaries and carrying on the chunks from Archer, albeit quite fortuitously in pain.
Together with the audience baying for blood of the calm Lord, the conflict came to an abrupt conclusion when Smith struck with bouncer that was ferocious about the throat. Even the batsman hit the deck and then directed off the pitch by the Australia team physician, concluding.
Nine down with 73 runs needed to win. Having been bowled out for 67 on day two in Leeds, a day which began with hopes of a record run-chase was turning into another to overlook for England. Australia needed just 1 wicket to keep the Ashes and it was surely only a matter of time.
Jack Leach so began an hour of their most nerve-shredding, extreme and combined Stokes and, heroic Ashes cricket you might wish to see, in which Stokes was worried. For much of this, the tension was so that you would not wish it, although in fact.
Stokes began hitting on him off for six months, and it went out of there. An astonishing reverse slog-sweep flew in the stands to carry the essential runs down into less than 50, ramping Pat Cummins for six got it down to 40 and by the end of the second over from Josh Hazlewood, the first 3 chunks of which travelled for 18, Stokes had his hundred and England had 18.
Marcus Harris failed to hold on to a tricky chance running in from third man, Stokes struck on the following two chunks for four and suddenly England were only nine away. Six more off Lyon, this 1 hanging in the atmosphere and draining the long off fielder by millimetres. Two to triumph, and that’s if it got interesting.
Stokes reverse swept straight to backward point but Leach had begun back down the pitch attempting to sneak one and that he was well short of his ground as the throw came into Lyon’s ending, he needed to do was to collect the ball and then accept the bails but, strangely, he fumbled it. Next ball, Stokes proceeded to sweep, missed and Australia went up as one. Umpire Joel Wilson shook his thoughts, without the testimonials left although Australia was aghast, it did not matter that ball-tracking revealed it would have hit the stumps.
After wiping his glasses, Leach took attack Cummins and, just two to win and proceeded to nudge the single he will forever be remembered for, levelling the scores. Stokes thumped the next ball for four through the covers and Headingley erupted. A innings to drag England to the most amazing of wins.

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