Ben Stokes reveals how England celebrated remarkable Ashes win over Australia by splashing out £55 on McDonald’s food

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Ben Stokes has lifted the lid on England’s celebrations following the extraordinary victory over Australia in the third Ashes Test.

The 28-year-old produced one of the all-time great performances as he almost single-handedly rescued the hosts from what appeared to a be certain defeat with an awe-inspiring 135 not out at Headlingley.

Stokes produced one of the all-time great innings in the third Ashes Test

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Stokes produced one of the all-time great innings in the third Ashes Test

It saw England complete a record run chase of 359 to seal a one-wicket victory, number 11 Jack Leach standing firm alongside Stokes in an unbeaten 10th-wicket stand of 76, of which Leach scored just one – the run which brought the scores level.

On how the team celebrated levelling the series 1-1, Stokes wrote in his column in the Daily Mirror: “We started in the changing room and they had the full replay of the partnership with me and Jack Leach on the TV, so we all watched it together with Alastair Cook who came up to see everyone.

“It was great to relive it all and the atmosphere in the dressing room was just brilliant, even with three guys stood in the bathtub, and I have no idea why.

“Joe Denly, Jos Buttler and Rory Burns were all in there singing songs and asking people to get in the bath with them, but it was just too hot so we had to go outside.

“We went out to the Dickie Bird balcony and J-Roy (Jason Roy) said, ‘Are we going to go out on the pitch or what?’ So we went to the toilet, grabbed the speakers, and got out there where Leachy gave everyone an action replay of his single.

Jack Leach runs to the hero of the day, Ben Stokes

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Jack Leach runs to the hero of the day, Ben Stokes

“It was a great celebration amongst us before we went back to the team hotel to catch up with friends and family.

“Me, Buttler, (Chris) Woakes, Burns and (Joe) Root all jumped in an uber and got £55 worth of McDonald’s drive thru on the way. There were quarter pounders and filet ‘o’ fish flying everywhere.”

Stokes also paid tribute to his wife, who supported him when he was charged with affray following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017. Stokes was found not guilty last year.

He said: “Clare has been brilliant and so supportive throughout the years. Your family go though everything with you, good and bad, so it is great to be able to celebrate with them at times like this.

“I didn’t actually see Clare until late in the evening when we got back from the ground. I still had my training gear on and my England cap.

“First thing she spotted was the bag in my hand. She said, ‘Oh, so we’ve been to McDonald’s have we?’”

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