Ben Stokes insists he is ‘enjoying’ his return to cricket, despite the fact that England is already fighting for a place in the second Test and a chance to win the Ashes. Stokes took three wickets in 25 overs in difficult conditions as Australia racked up 473 for nine, with England skipper Joe Root employing him as an ‘enforcer’ in the absence of Mark Wood’s added speed. Fans can buy Australia vs England Test Tickets from our website
Stokes, on the other hand, was ecstatic to be back in the fray following his late inclusion in the Ashes squad, when he decided to return to the game after taking a hiatus last summer to rehabilitate his fractured left index finger and safeguard his mental health. After thunder and lightning compulsory the second day to an early end with England on the lines at 17 for two, Stokes said, “I’ve loved every minute of it.”
‘One of the best feelings is walking out wearing the three lions.’ It’s tougher to play in Australia, but it’s a lot of pleasure as well as a big honor.’ Despite looking to be suffering from a knee ailment during the first Test in Brisbane, Stokes claimed he was fit enough for such a pivotal role with the ball.
‘If you don’t feel sore when you wake up in the morning, you haven’t done what’s expected of you,’ he says. When you get that deep into the game and understand what you’re playing for, you just have to embrace the dirt.
After falling seven runs short of his 12th Ashes century, stand-in Australia captain Steve Smith, who is making an unexpected comeback three years after being fired due to a cheating scandal, attacked England’s tactics. ‘There were some odd tactics at times,’ added Smith, who is captaining England in the second Test after Pat Cummins was forced to miss it due to close contact with a corona positive.
With the first new ball, they bowled a fraction short, failing to strike the stumps, something our boys should be able to do. Meanwhile, England’s all-time leading run-scorer, Sir Alastair Cook, has said that Rory Burns’ style may need to adapt if he is to succeed at the highest level.
Burns was removed for the third time by Mitchell Stark and has scored just 17 runs in three Ashes innings. ‘In international cricket, you’re constantly instructed to “do what you do in the county game,” and you don’t modify how you play,’ Cook remarked on BT.