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Date TimeAugust 27, 2019
VoiceHis career obituary was being written in 2017 but England’s Headingley Ashes hero has become the best version of himself
Once troubled Ben Stokes now has a summer he will always own | Andy Bull
The messiest corner of any sports writer’s life is their waste-paper bin. A lot of the time print deadlines are so tight that most of the writing is done live while the match happens, and since sport has an unfortunate way of throwing up all those late twists you end up, often as not, throwing half of it away.
This is the stuff that does not even get to be the next day’s fish and chip paper, intros undone by late winners, articles discarded because of last-wicket partnerships, rough first drafts of the history that almost was. This summer, there have been an awful lot of screwed-up pages wasted on what England did before Ben Stokes had finished.

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