Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. (Photo: Twitter)

England captain Ben Stokes said the excitement he experienced as he and Jonny Bairstow dreamed up one of the most unbelievable chases in Test history was better than his Ashes wonder at Headingley or his World Cup final courageousness.

New Zealand was in command after posting a massive first-innings score of 553 at Trent Bridge in the second LV= Insurance Test, but they were badly beaten on day five after England made its way to a pretty astonishing five-wicket win.

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. PC- Getty
Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. PC- Getty

England needed 299 runs in 72 overs and glanced to be in trouble when Stokes and Bairstow showed up together at 93 for four.

What accompanied was a counter-attacking stun to challenge anything seen before, with Bairstow scoring a century in 77 balls and completing with 136 in 92 balls.

Ben Stokes. (Photo: Twitter)
Ben Stokes. (Photo: Twitter)

He shared an incredible 179-run stand with Stokes, who ended up winning the game – and the series – with an undefeated 75 off 70 deliveries.

‘With this group of players, the sky is the limit’: Ben Stokes

Stokes understand what it feels like to be in the middle of historic performance, having pulled England to victory in the 2019 World Cup final in nerve-wracking circumstances and then leading a record red-ball chase against Australia just a few weeks later in Leeds.

When questioned if this was the best yet, Stokes said, “This is the best yet,” “Yes, that is correct.

“That blows Headingley, Lord’s, and the World Cup final out of the water. It was fantastic, “he stated

“I am at a loss for words when it comes to describing what we saw out there; it was truly incredible. I am still trying to figure out how we have chased 299 with 22 overs remaining on day five of the Test match when we only had 15 overs to bowl this morning.”

Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes
Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes Image Source Twitter

“That will never happen again, but if it does, it will most likely be us who do it.”

“The sky is the limit with this group of players, but we could go even beyond,” Ben Stokes Said.

England chased down a target of 299 in 50 overs, with five wickets in hand, thanks to Bairstow’s 136 off 92 balls and Stokes’ 75 not out off 70.

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