22 Nov 2019

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

Since the nights begin to draw in, another summer of cricket draws to a close departing England fans using a period of reflection before it starts again with the first of three winter excursions in New Zealand in November.
One truth has to be confessed before attempting to draw any conclusions though: that hasn’t been just another summer of cricket. It has been much more than that.
Using an Ashes series along with a World Cup, it was definitely going to be a unique but what has transpired within the previous four months has now surpassed all expectations. Cricket has captured the imagination of the people in a way not seen thanks to a group of remarkable – in times scarcely un – minutes.
There have been innumerable to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to six. Read on to learn that left the cut and vote for your favorite below.
When Jos Buttler strode out to the crease in the Ageas Bowl having a bit under 15 overs of the England innings 28, the summer had barely started. Pakistan were the resistance and under stress they were with the hosts 211-3.
They could not have been prepared for what happened as Buttler proceeded to burst nine sixes on his way by only 50 balls – the 2nd fastest hundred by an England batsman. Top of this list? Buttler vs Pakistan at 2015, that one was from only 46 balls.
Having shot 32 deliveries to attain his half, Buttler subsequently went ballistic as he travelled from 50 to 100 in just 18 balls runs coming from maximums. It’s no more a surprise to watch him shoot a bowling attack apart from such fashion, but it is always magnificent and over three months before the onset of the World Cupit was a reminder of this incredible power England had at their disposal and also precisely why they were going in as favorites.
May 30. After the waiting was over and also the World Cup had came.
England had submitted 311-8 in The Oval and South Africa were struggling in reply, the hosts had impressed however the match was missing a defining moment, something to signal the start of the tournament.
Input Ben Stokes – and Nasser Hussain…
“Oh! No way! No way! You are not able to do that, Ben Stokes!”
Andile Phehlukwayo had slog-swept Adil Rashid and watched expectantly to see the ball sail into the racks. Rather, he appeared in disbelief with the remainder of us as Stokes, five metres off the rope in deep midwicket, flung himself into the air and powered his right arm above his head 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 was the name on the lip of everyone, maybe not to the last time in the summer.
It had been touch and go for a while – defeats for Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia had abandoned his World Cup hopes hanging by a thread – but England were final. Australia was vanquished at the semis and the New Zealand of Kane Williamson stood between them and World Cup glory.
All appeared to be going since the Kiwis were limited at Lord’s to 241-8, Chris Woakes with three wickets apiece and Jofra Archer miserly in the death and Liam Plunkett overs to help keep the runs down. But when Eoin Morgan left over of their chase with England 86-4, of him lifting the trophy the prospect appeared slim.
Half-centuries out of Buttler and Stokes maintained England in the hunt but they still needed 46, if the latter fell. Stokes kept fighting, given a life when Trent Boult stepped after catching the all-rounder, but wickets tumbled and with four chunks 15 runs were needed.
The ball from Boult moved into the stands, the first one after attracted as the ball thrown in from the deep diverted off Stokes’ bat and then ran away to the fence. Suddenly it had been three out of two, two out of one and if Mark Wood was conducted out a tie, from the ball. Super Over.
Stokes emerged with Buttler for business and, aided by a boundary apiece, mustered 15 in six chunks. Then it was Archer. The superior border depend of england meant New Zealand demanded 16 to win. It was taken by A six out of Jimmy Neesham down to seven. That became mirroring England’s equation a couple of minutes previous three from two, two out of one.
What happened next would be seared into the brain of England cricket lovers . Archer into Martin Guptill, a yorker dug out to the legside, Jason Roy tearing in and, together with Guptill turned to return for the moment, launching the ball to Buttler, who collected it broke the stumps to win at the World Cup for England -“from the barest of margins!”
No sooner had Morgan lifted the World Cup trophy, focus turned to recover the urn. Before that overcome and England were back at Lord’s to try Ireland at a Test.
It did not go entirely according to plan. Together with five of England’s World Cup winners in 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 thanks to 92 out of nightwatchman Jack Leach the batting highlight of the summertime of this left-hander, and Ireland were left needing 182 to win.
A day that began with fantasies of a triumph in their first Test at Lord’s turned into a nightmare for Ireland. Their innings lasted just 15.4 overs as England tore them through, Woakes carrying 6-17 and Stuart Broad 4-19 – a great increase before taking on Australia.
Hundreds from Steve Smith had condemned England to a heavy defeat in the Ashes opener in Edgbaston, a situation only made worse by an injury.
England had a bowler, also to galvanise the supporters and the group although not just to substitute Anderson. That guy was Archer. The bowler had been left from the first Test since he recovered from a slight injury but was match, firing and prepared to make his Test debut.
He had to wait though after rain washed out all day one and a chunk of day two as well, to enter the action. By the end of day though, he had made his mark.
For more than one hour on Saturday afternoon England superstar went toe-to-toe using the world Test batsman of the passages of drama Lord’s has ever noticed. Archer was fired and bowling over 90mph – his quickest chunk had been clocked at one of the spells by an England bowler in a years – at 96mph.
In front of him shook up, smith was up to your challenge. Clearly on occasion, the former Australia captain hauled on, collecting several bounds and taking on the balls from Archer, albeit rather fortuitously in pain.
Together with the audience baying for blood of the Lord, the conflict came to a sudden end when Smith struck to the throat using bouncer that was ferocious. Even the batsman hit the deck and then led the pitch off by the Australia team physician, concluding.
Nine down with 73 runs needed to acquire. Having been bowled out daily two in Leeds to 67 a day that started with hopes of a record run-chase turned into another to forget for England. Australia needed just one wicket to keep the Ashes and it was just a matter of time.
Jack Leach so started an hour of the most nerve-shredding, intense and combined Stokes at the middle and, heroic Ashes cricket you could want to see in which Stokes was concerned. Although in fact, for much of this, the tension was such that you would not wish it.
Stokes started hitting him away for six months, and it went from there. An astounding reverse slog-sweep flew in the stands to carry the mandatory runs down into greater than 50, ramping Pat Cummins for six got it down to 40 and from the conclusion of the following over from Josh Hazlewood, the first 3 chunks of which travelled for 18, Stokes had his hundred and England needed 18.
Marcus Harris didn’t hold on to a chance running from third person, Stokes hit on the two balls for four and England were just nine off. Six more off Lyon, this 1 hanging in the atmosphere and clearing off the long fielder from millimetres. Two to win, and that’s if it really got interesting.
Stokes reverse sailed straight to backward point but Leach had come back down the pitch attempting to sneak one and he was well short of his ground because the throw came in to Lyon’s finish, all he had to do was to collect the ball and then accept the bails but, strangely, he fumbled it. Then ball missed and Australia went as you can. His head shook, without the reviews left although Australia was aghast, it didn’t matter that ball-tracking revealed it could have hit the stumps.
Still two to triumph , after carefully wiping his eyeglasses Leach took strike and proceeded to nudge the only he will forever be remembered for, levelling the scores. Stokes thumped on the next ball for four through the covers and Headingley erupted. A shocking innings to haul England to wins’ most incredible.

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