Ben Stokes’ innings the most remarkable I’ve ever witnessed: Nasser Hussain
Ben Stokes (AFP Photo)

Nasser Hussain reckons Ben Stokes‘ ‘remarkable innings’ at Headingley has left Ashes well and truly alive and, if England start well in the fourth Test, Australia will feel the pinch of having let the game slip out of hand in Leeds.

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With Australia leading 1-0 and reducing England to 286/9 in chase of 359, Stokes produced one of the most memorable centuries in Test history to lead his team to a one-wicket win and drawl level in the five-match series.

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The third Test starts from September 4 at Old Trafford. “If England start well, then however tough you are, Australia will think ‘I wish we wrapped this up at Headingley’,” Hussain was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “But I’m not a massive believer in momentum. If you go out there and play well, you can easily turn things around.”

Australia will welcome the return of Steve Smith who seems to have fully recovered after being diagnosed with concussion during the second Test. England are also gearing up for the return of veteran James Anderson who pulled out on the opening day of the first Test hurting his right calf.

“Steve Smith coming back is a massive, massive bonus for Australia, but he has got his own demons to face in Jofra Archer and the short ball, especially on the quickest pitch on the circuit in Old Trafford. The rumours are Jimmy Anderson might be coming back for England too,” Hussain said.

“Australia have to win just one of the two Tests to retain the Ashes, and England still have a flaky batting line-up but, because of one individual in Stokes – like I said on commentary – the Ashes are well and truly alive,” he added.

Hussain was effusive about Stokes who scored 135 off 219 with 11 fours and eight sixes including a stunning switch-hit six off Nathan Lyon.

“In years to come, people will ask – like they did with Ian Botham in ’81, and Edgbaston ’05 – where were you when Ben Stokes did what he did in 2019?” Hussain said. “The thrill was being there. It was just a privilege to be in the commentary box, to be honest with you. It was the most remarkable hour, remarkable day, remarkable innings I’ve ever witnessed.

“The moment where you thought ‘oh, wow’ was the switch-hit off Nathan Lyon into the Western Terrace. I can’t tell you the degree of difficulty playing a shot like that – in a T20 game, let alone a Test match, with everyone out on the boundary,” he said.