Ben Stokes’s belligerent century helps England level the Ashes series at Headingley.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes smashed unbeaten century to help England eke out a close win over Australia in the third Test played at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds. With this result, England have managed to level the five-match Test series.

England Captain Joe Root was dismissed by Nathan Lyon, courtesy breathtaking catch from David Warner to see Australia take control of the game. But Ben Stokes and Bairstow came together and put on a 86-run partnership to keep England in the hunt to win the game. Pace bowler Josh Hazlewood picked up two wickets to see England on the brink of another defeat. Jos Buttler also perished for a low score to see England in trouble at 261 for 7. Stokes continued to be positive against the Australian bowlers and score at a good rate. Tail-ender Jofra Archer showed some fight with the bat and added crucial runs with Stokes.

But Archer’s reistance came to end as Nathan Lyon dismissed him to see England lose their eight wicket with 286 runs on the board. Stuart Broad perished for a duck as James Pattinson trapped him right in front to see England another 76 runs to win the game.

Stokes, who is currently England’s leading run-scorer in this Ashes series, scored an astonishing 135 nou out off 219 balls, as hosts went from 286 for 9 to win the game the match. Jack Leach proved to be ideal foil for Stokes at the other end. Stokes smashed eleven fours and eight sixes in his innings to register an improbable win for England.

In their second innings, Australia continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. David Warner once again failed to open his account. Marnus Labuschagne, who came in as Steven Smith replacement played an excellent innings on a diffuclt surface. He finished the innings with the top-score of 80 runs off 157 balls with help of eight boundaries. Travis Head, Matthew Wade and Usman Khuwaja failed to capitalize on their good start and chipped in with 20s to see Australia post a target of 358 runs to win the game.

All-rounder Ben Stokes produced a superlative innings to help England beat Australia by one wicket in the third Ashes Test played at Headingley.

Earlier, England Captain won the toss and decided to bowl first. The visitors were bundled out for just 179 runs, courtesy splendid bowling performance from Jofra Archer. Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner scored half-centuries while the rest of the batting registered single-digit scores in the conditions ideal for bowling.

In reply, Australia put in a splendid bowling performance to dismiss England for just 67 runs in their first innings and gain a massive 112-run lead going into their second innings. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood was the star of the show with the ball as he picked up five wickets in the innings.

For his belligerent unbeaten century which turned the match on its head, England All-rounder Ben Stokes was named the player of the match.

The fourth game of 2019 Ashes Test series will be played at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester from 4th September.

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