Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni
Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni [PC: Getty]

England National Cricket Team Test captain Ben Stokes went past the legendary India National Cricket Team captain MS Dhoni for a sensational record in the purest format of the game after the win in the third Ashes 2023 Test against Australia National Cricket Team at Headingley in Leeds.

England defeated Australia by 3 wickets in the third Test of the Ashes 2023. With the victory, they managed to avoid the series defeat as the Aussies had won the first two Tests.

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Mark Wood was the top performer for the English team in the match. He was among the three changes England made to their playing XI for the Headingley Test. With the ball, he bagged 5 wickets in the first innings and 2 wickets in the second innings. With the bat, he scored 24 runs off 8 balls and 16 runs off 8 balls. Overall, Mark Wood scored 40 off just 16 balls to win the Player of the Match award. His combined strike rate of 250 was the highest for anyone facing more than 10 balls in a single Test.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes has gone past MS Dhoni in an elite list. After England completed the 251-run chase he surpassed Dhoni for most number of successful run chases where the target was over 250 in Tests.

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This was the 5th time, Ben Stokes-led side had chased down a 250-plus score. Under Dhoni, India chased down the score 4 times while Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting are tied in third place as they led their sides to victory while chasing 250-plus scores 3 times.

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Nice to get over the line and keep our hopes alive – Ben Stokes

Speaking after the game, England captain Ben Stokes was delighted to avoid the series defeat. He showered praise on the comeback men – Mark Wood and Chris Woakes – for their stellar performance in the match. Ben Stokes elaborated:

“Another down to the wire game. Nice to get over the line and keep our hopes alive. Won the toss, we could have batted and bowled. Looked a good wicket. Saw the way Mitch Marsh batted. Came in and took the game on. The outfield was on the quick side. 

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“We had Woody and Woakesy back in and they did well. We picked teams and look how they can impact us in the game. We try to see how they can be influential in the game. I didn’t realise that Woakes hasn’t played a Test for so long, he is Mr. Consistent. Having someone who can bat like him batting at 8 helps us. Hope he can do something similar when he plays next.” 

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The next Test between Ben Stokes-led England and Pat Cummins-led Australia will be played from July 19 to 23. The match is set to be held at Old Trafford, Manchester.

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