This time around there was no miracle or no great escape which one can speak of, but one thing which was great to watch was the grit and determination which the skipper Ben Stokes showed became the talking point of the 2nd Ashes 2023 Test. Following the 43-run loss to the visitors, Australia in the second Ashes Test, England skipper Ben Stokes said that his side still has the confidence in themselves to turn things around and go on to clinch the series 3-2.
The skipper Stokes led the way for the English to fight back with a brilliant knock of 155 runs, which came off 214 deliveries, with nine boundaries and nine mighty sixes. Unfortunately, this brilliant effort could not take England’s side across the line but gave a glimpse of what can one expert from England’s side with the matches to come.
Soon after the match, Stokes stated that he is pretty much sure that his team can rebound in the crucial Ashes series against Australia in the following three games on home soil after their recent series victories over Pakistan and New Zealand. After losing a close game at Lord’s, the England team now trails the series 2-0.
The emotions will always be the same: Ben Stokes
While talking to the broadcasters after the thrilling final day, he expressed his confidence in England’s chances in the upcoming matches, as they have in the past when defeating strong opponents, the previous year. Stokes also acknowledged that this loss is a bitter pill to swallow but that there is still hope for a stunning comeback in the next three matches.
“We won 3-0 against Pakistan and New Zealand last year. All we’re thinking about winning the series 3-2, Losing’s losing. The emotions will always be the same but when you sit back and understand where we’re at, it’s actually very exciting,” Ben Stokes said.
The left-handed batter said he likes the aggressive style of cricket his team is playing right now. He wants his team to capitalize on crucial opportunities and said they have three games left to win back the urn. Stokes also added that they will strive to perform well in their upcoming games.