England won’t be reclaiming the Ashes from Australia.
England’s hopes of reclaiming the Ashes are over, after a convincing defeat at the hands of Australia at Old Trafford.
After Australia piled up nearly 500 runs in the first innings in Manchester, and when England were bowled out for 301, Australia notched another 186 runs to set England 383 to win.
Losing two wickets without even scoring a run left England with a mountain to climb, and headed into day five at 18/2 – a desperate position.
Fans were hoping for another Headingley-style miracle, where Ben Stokes hit a stunning 135 not out to haul England to a seemingly impossible victory.
There was to be no repeat this time though, as Stokes could only last 17 balls on Sunday before being caught by Tim Paine for just one.
England were eventually bowled all out for 197, and whilst there is another test match to go, England can no longer reclaim the Ashes, with Australia already in possession of them and 2-1 up with one to play.
It’s disappointing that England fell flat after those Headingley scenes, but some feel they have spotted the reason why Stokes couldn’t replicate his heroics.
After that test at Headingley, Stokes saw a video of Tottenham fans celebrating his display, and decided that he would now become a Spurs fan, with the club sending him a new shirt as a result.
However, Stokes scored just 26 in the first innings, one in the second innings and failed to take a single wicket in his 10.5 overs, meaning some fans have taken to Twitter to suggest, tongue-in-cheek, that the reason for his poor test was Tottenham, branding him ‘Spursy’ whilst suggesting that it’s ‘all gone wrong’ since he made that decision, which some now think he will regret.
Ben Stokes became a spurs fan and then bottled the next test completely— Ollie Masson (@olliemasson) September 8, 2019
All gone wrong since Stokes became a Spurs fan.— Luke Webb (@lukewebb12) September 8, 2019
Pretty sure Stokes is regretting his decision to support Spurs. It seems to have affected his cricketing ability— Louise S (@LJS111) September 8, 2019
After his heroics Ben Stokes becomes a Spurs fan and is out for one today, you can’t write it— Hoggy (@TheHoggy) September 8, 2019
Ben Stokes the spurs supporter just isn’t the same as old Ben stokes #Ashes19— Matt (@MattCrowe__) September 8, 2019
Stokes becomes a Spurs fan and drops out for 1. Spursy.— George (@georgebann) September 8, 2019
Since Stokes got that Spurs shirt.— Beardedblackman (@BeyondArsenal) September 8, 2019
27 runs and no wickets. #Ashes19
Stokes has gone all Spursy since he became a Spurs fan— Rob Ross (@gooner145) September 8, 2019