Wood reveals he missed Stokes’ Headingley heroics due to antenatal class

Stokes hit an unbeaten century to win the third Ashes Test.

By Press Association Published: 4 September 2019 - 7.11am



Ben Stokes

Mark Wood has revealed he missed Ben Stokes’ Ashes heroics at Headingley as he was attending an antenatal class.

Wood’s England and Durham team-mate took centre stage in Leeds, hitting an unbeaten century to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the thrilling third Test.

Stokes smashed 135 in a successful chase of 359, defying Australia alongside last man Jack Leach, to ensure England headed into the fourth contest at Old Trafford level at 1-1 in the series.

Stokes’ innings was described as one of the best in Test history, but was one his good friend Wood did not see live.

“I was in a labour class with my wife as we are expecting our first child,” the World Cup winner told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I couldn’t believe I missed it. I left the house when Jos Buttler got out and I thought ‘we haven’t got a chance here, we are going to go down’.

“There was no reception in the hospital but when I came out my phone was like ‘Stokesy, Stokesy, Stokesy’ so I didn’t speak to my wife all the way home.

“I am still a bit bitter about that.”