Jack Leach inspired by Ben Stokes’ World Cup heroics before Ashes heist

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LeedsAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 13:49 IST Jack Leach shared a pivotal 76-run stand with Ben Stokes. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSStokes played a memorable knock of 135 runs to help England clinch Leeds Test by one wicketLeach played a vital supporting role despite making a single run in the historic win at HeadingleyJack Leach revealed that Ben Stokes’ knock-in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 final had inspired himJack Leach, who was involved in a 76-run partnership that saw England home in front of a raucous Leeds crowd, revealed that Ben Stokes’ knock-in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 final had inspired him.Leach said that Stokes’ presence at the other end gave him hope for an improbable win in the Headingley game.Stokes played a memorable knock of 135 runs to help England clinch Leeds Test by one wicket and keep the series alive. Leach played a vital supporting role despite making a single run in the historic win at Headingley.England spinner regularly paused to wipe his glasses clean before taking the strike, earning a standing ovation from the Headingley fans every time he survived an over.”Obviously when I first went in, he was going to have a lot of the strike, being ready to run two, and I just broke it down into the balls that I had to face. It was a special feeling,” he told Sky Sports.”Stokesy – unbelievable, like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The crowd – insane. To be part of that at the end was an incredible feeling.”Leach hailed Ben Stokes as he revealed that watching England vice-captain’s Player-of-the-Match performance in the World Cup final inspired him ahead of his Headingley knock.”I was watching the World Cup final as a fan and that showed that anything is possible,” Leach said. “Ben Stokes was at the centre of that as well. Maybe Ben Stokes has to be at the centre of all things that are possible. He was just unbelievable.”advertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Jack LeachFollow Ashes 2019 Jack Leach inspired by Ben Stokes’ World Cup heroics before Ashes heistEngland spinner Jack Leach played a vital supporting role in the 76-run partnership with vice-captain Ben Stokes to help England clinch Leeds Test by one wicket and keep the series alive.advertisementlast_img