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Ben Stroke's Diet: Fried Chicken and Two Chocolate Bars

Ben Stroke's Diet: Fried Chicken and Two Chocolate Bars, before a day of Epic innings

Ben Stokes’ diet a day before epic inning: fried chicken, two chocolate bars
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Ben Stokes once again proved he would become England's greatest cricketer if not already when he guided the hosts to a one-wicket win over Australia in the third Ashes Test at Headingley in Leeds on Sunday.
And what did he eat before writing that miracle-winning script? Takeaway chicken and a chocolate bar! Yes, you read that right. 

All-rounder Stokes was unbeaten on 61, with England joining Jack Leach in the last match at 286-9. 

In one of the best innings ever seen in the history of Test history, Stokes climbed the tempo in a five-and-a-half-hour stand of 219 balls, scoring five runs with eleven boundaries and eight sixes. England scored 135 in the five-match series 1-1. 

Asked what he had done overnight, the 20-year-old left-hander replied: "My wife and kids came down and arrived at ten o'clock at night. My wife turned to me to eat pasta in my boxer shirt!” 

"Last night, my idea was to have two (chocolate) bars of Yorkie and Nandos (fried chicken) and raisins. And there were several cups of coffee in the morning." 

Reflecting his innings, Stokes said: "We knew the Ashes were over if we lost this game. When I needed 70 (really 73) to win that number, I knew what I had to do in the game situation." England vice-captain added. 

"I was a little nervous or started to panic when I came up with single figures," Stokes admits to a competent, sun-soaked crowd, who even encouraged England's defensive shots. 

"When the whole Headingley was standing and celebrating, it was a very special moment to walk and try to accept something like that because moments like this don't come so often." 


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