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Why Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder doesn't want to talk about the Ashes

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is in no mood to talk about the Ashes.

The England cricket team secured a record win against Australia at Headingley in the third Test match of the series.

Lead by 135 not-out from Ben Stokes, the Leeds crowd watched on as the hosts chased down a target of 359 in their second innings.

Wilder is a proud Yorkshireman and a big cricket fan, but here’s why he joked he would sack any of his staff if they mentioned it.

“I had a ticket and I didn’t go. How bad is that?” the 51-year-old said in his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers.

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“My pal sent me a picture with an empty seat. I was watching it and it was a fantastic day. Obviously very nervy at the end but a great effort.

“As I’ll always say, Headingley is a very special place and big results happen at Headingley.”

What Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder missed

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On a remarkable day for English cricket, Stokes hit eight sixes and 11 fours in a man-of-the-match performance. His final wicket stand of 76 runs with Jack Leach certainly had a few nervy moments.

Misreading the situation and trying to go for a quick run, Leach was left way out of his crease at the non-striker’s end. Yet Australian spinner Nathan Lyon dropped the throw and missed the opportunity for an easy run out.

Leach went onto level the scores with his one solitary run during his partnership with Stokes – but not before the latter had a reprieve of his own.

The all-rounder was hit on the leg going for a big slog. With no reviews left the Aussies had to watch on in anguish as it was given not out, only for replays to reveal it was a plum delivery. They had wasted their final review on a frivolous appeal on Leach shortly before.

Stokes then hit the winning runs with a boundary. Unfortunately for Wilder, while he could have been there he had to watch from home.

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