22 11月 2019

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

Since the nights begin to draw in, the following summer of cricket draws to a close before it starts again with the first of 3 winter trips in New Zealand in November, leaving a short period of reflection to England fans.
One truth has to be acknowledged before trying to draw any conclusions however: that has not been another summer of cricket. It’s been far more than that.
With an Ashes series and a World Cup, it was always going to be a unique but what’s transpired over the past four weeks has surpassed all expectations. Cricket has captured the imagination of the British public in a way not seen since 2005, thanks to a collection of – in times scarcely believable – moments.
There have been countless to choose from, but it has narrowed down to six. Keep reading to find out which left the cut and then vote for your favorite.
When Jos Buttler strode out into the crease in the Ageas Bowl under 15 overs of the England innings 28, the summer had barely started. Pakistan were the resistance and under stress , they have been with all the hosts 211-3.
However, they might not have been ready for what happened as Buttler jumped to blast nine sixes on his way to a century by just 50 balls – the second fastest hundred by an England batsman. Top of this list? Buttler vs Pakistan at 2015, that one was from 46 balls.
Having taken 32 deliveries to achieve his fifty, Buttler went ballistic as he travelled from 50 to 100 in only 18 balls runs coming from maximums. It’s no more a surprise to see him take a bowling attack apart in such fashion, but it’s always magnificent and over three weeks prior to the beginning of the World Cup, it was a reminder of this unbelievable power England had at their disposal and also why they were going in as favourites.
May 30. Following the waiting was over and also the World Cup had came.
England had posted 311-8 in The Oval and South Africa struggled in reply, the hosts had impressed although the match lacked something to indicate the beginning of the tournament, a defining time.
Input Ben Stokes – and Nasser Hussain…
“Oh! No way! No way! You are not able to do this, but Ben Stokes!”
Andile Phehlukwayo had Adil Rashid and watched expectantly to watch the ball sail. Instead, he looked on in disbelief with the remainder of us as Stokes, five yards off the rope in deep midwicket, flung himself into the atmosphere and pushed his right arm over his mind to pluck the ball out of the atmosphere for one of the greatest catches the World Cup has ever seen.
The World Cup was well and truly under way and Stokes was that the name on the lip of everyone, maybe not to the final time in the summer.
It had been touch and go for a while – defeats for Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia had left their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread – but England were at the World Cup closing. Australia had been vanquished in the semis and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand stood between them and World Cup glory.
All seemed to be going well as the Kiwis were restricted at Lord’s to 241-8, Chris Woakes using Jofra Archer miserly at the death and three wickets apiece and Liam Plunkett overs to help keep down the runs. When Eoin Morgan left in the 24th over of the chase with England 86-4, of him raising the trophy, the prospect seemed slim.
Half-centuries from Stokes and Buttler retained England from the search but they needed 46 out of 31 balls when the latter fell. Stokes maintained fighting, awarded after grabbing the all-rounder, a lifetime when the border cushion was stepped on by Trent Boult, but wickets tumbled around him and with four chunks left, 15 runs were needed.
The next ball from Boult went in the stands, the sole later brought as the ball thrown from the diverted off Stokes’ bat and then hurried away to the weapon. Unexpectedly it had been if Mark Wood was run out a tie, from the last ball and three from two, two from one. Super Over.
Stokes emerged with Buttler for business and mustered 15 from six balls. Then it was Archer. The superior border depend of england meant New Zealand needed 16 to win. It was taken by A six from Jimmy Neesham down to seven . This became three from 2, mirroring England’s equation a couple minutes two out of one.
What happened next will be seared into the thoughts of England cricket lovers forever. Archer into Martin Guptill, a yorker dug out to the legside, Jason Roy tearing into and, together with Guptill turned to return for the second, launch the ball into Buttler, who gathered it broke the stumps to win at the World Cup for England -“by the barest of margins!”
No sooner had the World Cup trophy was raised by Morgan, focus turned to recover the urn. Before that though, England were again back to try and overcome Ireland at a one time four-day Test.
It didn’t go completely according to plan. With five at the XI of England’s World Cup winners, the home side had been rolled out before dinner on a day one for 85. They clawed their way back in the match thanks to 92 out of nightwatchman Jack Leach, surely the batting highlight of the summertime of this left-hander, and Ireland were left having 182 to win.
However, a day that began with fantasies of a famous win 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 taking 6-17 and Stuart Broad 4-19 – a wonderful increase prior to taking on Australia.
Twin hundreds from Steve Smith had condemned England at Edgbaston to a heavy defeat in the Ashes opener, a situation only made worse with an injury.
England wanted a bowler, to galvanise the team and the supporters although not only to substitute Anderson. That guy was Archer. The fast bowler had been left out of the Test since he recovered from a minor accident but was ready, shooting and fit to create his Test debut.
He had to wait to get into the action though after rain washed out all daily one along with also a chunk of day two as well. By the end of day though, he had made his mark.
For more than an hour on Saturday day England’s new superstar went toe-to-toe with the world’s premier Test batsman of the funniest passages of drama in one Lord’s has ever observed. Archer bowling consistently over 90mph and was fired up – his chunk had been clocked at 96mph – in one of the spells by an England bowler in years.
In front of he was shaken by a painful blow to the forearm up, smith was up to your battle. Clearly in the former Australia captain carried on, carrying on the short chunks from Archer and collecting quite a few boundaries on event.
Together with the crowd baying for blood of the Lord, the conflict came to an end when Smith struck with bouncer that was ferocious around the throat. The batsman hit the deck and then directed the pitch off from the Australia team physician, concluding.
Slimming down with 73 runs needed to acquire. Having been bowled out on day twice in Leeds, a day which began with hopes of a record run-chase turned into another to overlook for England. Australia needed just 1 wicket to retain the Ashes and it was definitely only a matter of time.
Jack Leach so began an hour of their most nerve-shredding, extreme and combined Stokes in the middle and, epic Ashes cricket you could wish to see at which Stokes was concerned. For much of this, the tension was so that you wouldn’t wish it on anyone although in fact.
Stokes began by simply accepting on Nathan Lyon, hitting him away for six months, and it went out of there. An astounding reverse slog-sweep flew in the stands to carry the required runs down into greater than 50, ramping Pat Cummins for six got it down to 40 and by the conclusion of the next over from Josh Hazlewood, the first few balls of that travelled for 18, Stokes had his hundred and England had 18.
Marcus Harris failed to hold on to a chance running in from third man, Stokes hit the next two chunks for four and England were only nine off. Six more off Lyon, this 1 hanging in the air and clearing the long off fielder by millimetres. Two to triumph, and that is if it got interesting.
Stokes reverse swept directly to backward point but Leach had come charging down the pitch trying to sneak one and he was short of his ground as the throw came in to Lyon’s end, he needed to do was to collect the ball and shoot the bails however, strangely, he fumbled it. Next ball, Stokes proceeded to sweep, missed and Australia went as you can. Umpire Joel Wilson shook his thoughts, Australia was aghast but without the testimonials left, it didn’t matter that ball-tracking showed it would have struck the stumps.
After carefully wiping his glasses, Leach took attack and, still two to win and proceeded to nudge the only he will be remembered for, levelling the scores. Stokes thumped the ball through the covers and Headingley erupted. England to be dragged by A innings to the most amazing of wins.

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