James Anderson reveals what England dressing room was like during Ben Stokes' innings

England v Australia - 3rd Specsavers Ashes Test: Day Four

If you're unaware, last Sunday was a momentous day which signified Ben Stokes' name being written within English cricket folklore.

In a dramatic day of events, England, well, mainly Stokes, levelled the Ashes scores at 1-1 with two games left to play. 

In a disatrous first innings for England, the national side were bowled out for 67, but a heroic performance from Stokes secured victory for England - as the batsman provided 135 runs and won the match by a single wicket. 

Much like fans up and down the country, veteran bowler James Anderson has recently revealed that the players themselves were becoming some what agitated and spoke of the bizarre superstitions that were occuring in the pavillion. 

“When the wickets started falling, everyone starts moving around looking for a new lucky spot," Anderson revealed, who was sitting out of the Test due to injury.

"At the end it was me and the massage therapists in the physio room and Joe Denly in the toilets.

"Everyone gets into a routine – so Joe Root started standing up after every ball and then he had to sit back down just in time for the ball to be bowled. He did for the last 75 runs!

"The viewing area is a bit odd at Headingley – it’s quite a low ceiling so Stuart Broad put his head through the roof a couple of times. Stuart Broad was one of those whose nerves were shredded by the chase," the 37-year-old revealed. 


Anderson went onto say that an eventual victory came as a surprise to the England players as they simply thought that it was the end of their afternoon as Australia recorded 286 runs in their second innings, setting a target of 359. 

Furthermore, England were reduced to just Stokes and Jack Leach with the score standing at 286 for 9, with defeat seemingly staring them in the face.

Nonetheless, a Stokes-inspired performance allowed Joe Root's men to complete what almost seemed the impossible. 

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