A shame, then, that DRS replays confirm that he should have been given out LBW to Nathan Lyon the over before.
ODI World Cup Final 2019 - scores tied, England win on boundary countback
Headingley was not the only scene of Stokes’ magic-wielding that 2019 summer. During the World Cup final, he’d found himself in a similarly precarious position in a run chase against New Zealand.
Once again, he was the rock holding the chase together. If such a concept is even possible. A stone with hands? Or magnetised chase-grips perhaps? Who can say.
Perhaps it’s more accurate, metaphorically, to say that Stokes was an astronaut in a spacesuit in a hurricane, trying to maintain a grip on an out of control tether. Except that doesn’t work either. A hurricane in the vacuum of space? Come on.
Look, the point is that England were screwed. Just as they were at Headingley. Except more so, because this time they had the further constraint of a limited number of balls in which to get the runs.
And yet Stokes got them close.
With three balls remaining, England had two wickets in hand and needed nine runs to win. Stokes was on strike. He thwacked Trent Boult to deep midwicket and scurried back for a second to retain the strike. As a result of his dive, the ball hit his outstretched bat and raced away for four overthrows. Two became six, with two more singles (and run outs) off the last two balls ensuring a tie and a super over that would eventually earn England the World Cup.