Ben Stokes: David Warner’s comments inspired match-winning heroics in third Ashes Test


England’s Ben Stokes says his match-winning heroics in the third Ashes Test of the summer at Headingley were motivated by Australia’s David Warner.

Stokes’ unbeaten 135 helped England to one of their greatest victories as they levelled the series at 1-1.In the chase of an England record 359, Stokes’ innings also included a 76-run stand with last man Jack Leach.

“He just wouldn’t shut up for most of my time out there,” Stokes said of Warner, in his new book ‘On Fire’.An Australia win, which would have seen them retain the Ashes after the third Test, seemed almost certain when the tourists bowled England out for 67 on day two.

However, Stokes, who scored only three runs off his first 73 balls after arriving at the crease on the Saturday evening, and who was dropped on 34 by Warner at slip, had other ideas.

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