I am still bleary eyed after watching the most amazing innings I will ever watch.
England has a very poor batting line-up yet they manged to win a test they should have lost very easily.
Firstly let us acknowledge Stokes innings. Easily the best I have seen given the pressure. His technique was very good, his improvisation sublime.
He also had luck. Leach was very assured and never looked like getting out. The best 'one' we have seen..
This was easily better than Botham's in 1981 which had more than one snick going to the boundary.
Secondly it misses out on Stokes bowling in the second innings when he bowled with guile, hostility and swing we had not seen previously in the series.
Thirdly it masks over England batting woes. They have no opening batsmen now Burn's luck has turned. They need a number three and a replacement for Buttler.
Fourthly the knives will be out for Paine whose captaincy seen to wander when Leach arrived at the crease.
Fifthly our batsmen were unnerved by Archer at Lords when he 'pumped up the volume'. He did not get anywhere near that speed in Leeds because of the load he had at Lords. He should be back at his best with the break. however can Root use him correctly more so against Smith
How good is test cricket!
I forgot to mention the magnificent crowd.How come Pommy crowds are so good at test cricket and we in Australia are so boring. It is supposed to be the other way round. We have nothing to compare to the Barmy army. for shame for shame
THIS is the last day. THIS is great as well Ricky Ponting