Ben Stokes: Series sweep a ‘special start’ | ‘India can expect same approach’

Ben Stokes was particularly impressed with England’s ability to continue to play positive and entertaining cricket despite going 55–6 at Headingley; He believes his team will continue the same attitude against India on Friday. live on Sky Sports Cricket at 9.30am

Ben Stokes admitted it has been a “quite special start” to life as England Test captain as his team’s new mentality helped them secure a 3-0 series sweep against New Zealand, adding that they will continue in the same vein when they take on India. on Friday.

It was a perfect start for England’s new regime on Monday as heroics from Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root with the bat gave England a seven-wicket win, a six from Bairstow ending with another entertaining innings for this side. of revitalized England.

New captain Stokes, along with new Test head coach Brendon McCullum, has introduced a positive style of play and for the captain, it has been “amazing” to see his team embrace a new way of cricket.

“It’s gone really well,” Stokes said.

“Coming out with a 3-0 series win over the best team in the world, that’s a pretty special start.

“Testament for the team in these three games, they have been absolutely phenomenal.

“When I took on this job it was more than results for me, it was about changing the boys mindset towards Test cricket and having fun and enjoying the fact that you are representing your country and the results will take care of themselves.

“To say that we have done it so quickly is just unbelievable.

“I can only do so much, so a huge amount of credit to Brendon as well, the way he’s reached out and influenced this group, the backroom staff, everyone else who’s played a part in this series, they’ve been absolutely phenomenal.”

While it has been a series full of highlights, it was “fantastic” for Stokes to see his side keep a positive mindset and put up a fight despite trailing 55-6 in the early innings at Headingley.

He said: “Obviously last week at Trent Bridge was amazing, but for me to go 55-6 and then do what we managed to do the way we did was probably the most enjoyable part of the series.

“It could have been very much of us to go back into our shell and say it didn’t work this time, let’s just try to figure it out.”

“Having a lad on debut in Jamie (Overton) who has the confidence to go out there and play like that, it’s something special that we’re creating in the group and the contact that we’re having with the new lads coming into the group, it’s more important. than us right now, it’s about guys that are going to come into this locker room in the future.

“It’s really set a level that, people who want to come and represent England in Test matches, that’s what it’s all about.

“I really wanted to push the guys this week and show them exactly what they’re capable of.”

Next up is a Test against India at Edgbaston on Friday and the England captain is convinced fans will be greeted with a positive approach to Test cricket once again.

“Obviously it’s a completely different opposition and we have a series to try to tie, but we’ll be thinking about ourselves,” he added.

“Trust me when I say that we will go out with exactly the same mentality even if it is a different opposition.”

Ben Stokes’ side return to action on Friday when they take on India in the rescheduled fifth test against Edgbaston, live on Sky Sports Cricket. Coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. and the game starts half an hour earlier than usual at 10:30 a.m.

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