One catch dropped; one review wasted when a later one would have got the wicket that was needed; one sitter of a run out fumbled - the bottom line is that Australia choked and didn't know how to win in a tight game. Stokes took the chances he was given, and full marks to him.
I don't know I agree with that assessment. Harris' catch was a half chance at best, he was at full stretch with his elbows already on the ground. Warner missed him at slip earlier, standing fine and not moving to his left. Lyon's fumbled run out was from a very poor throw. But the opportunity only came about because of panic from England between the wickets.
Stoke's innings is perhaps the best I've seen in test cricket. It have everything, including him running out Jos Butler
. There is a lot of 1981 about that innings, and yes, like @Valvegear
I remember it. The situation was hopeless, the last batsman had a good old slog and rode their luck. Because Stokes was very very lucky. The number of top edges that just lobbed over the very short boundaries was just unbelievable.
It would have been so fitting for him to have been given out LBW falling just one run short of a miracle. As it was, it was a lot like the English World cup win, they got it on a technicality without really deserving it.
As for DRS, I think the umpires are relying on it too much, and get intimidated by it. Too much is left to the players, and I think the TV producers also have a say in the ultimate decisions. IMHO the umpires should get hawkeye replays on their iPads, and use that as a second opinion. I also think there needs to be some rule changes to the LBW law, because as it stands it was designed around the human limitations of on field umpires and wasn't meant to be treated as literally as it is now.