ENG v SA 2022: “Will continue to play in a way that we feel is going to entertain people,” Ben Stokes after 2-1 series win

England defeated South Africa by 9 wickets in the third Test to clinch the series.

England won the Test series 2-1 | GettyAfter claiming a 2-1 Test series win over South Africa, England skipper Ben Stokes vowed his team will carry on playing the aggressive brand of cricket that they have displayed this home summer under coach Brendon McCullum.

The hosts won the final Test at the Oval by 9 wickets even though the match was shortened to three days after the first day got washed out and the second day’s play was cancelled due to the demise of Queen Elizabeth II.

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"This game here, with it being shortened, our main aim was it ending in a result," Stokes told Sky Sports.

"We felt we owed it to ourselves, we owed it to the nation who have shown their support throughout this whole summer towards us and we will always continue to play in a way that we feel is going to entertain people and always look for the positive side of cricket."

England’s new era in Test cricket under Stokes and McCullum took the cricketing world by storm a few months ago. They first whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 and then thrashed India by 7 wickets to win the rescheduled Test that was postponed last year due to Covid-19.

Now, the same fearless approach, termed as ‘Bazball’, gave the Three Lions a series win over South Africa despite losing the opening Test.

"Me and Brendon are the guys who are sending this message to this group of players," said Stokes.

"I said to the lads in the dressing room the other day that the person who is delivering the message can only do so much. But I thanked all my team, my backroom staff and my coaches that they have all bought into this.

"There is a reason why we have gone out and been able to perform and have the confidence in each other to go and do that. That is something that is very rare and something that you don't see that often."

(With AFP inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 13 Sep, 2022

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