Ben Stokes watched as England buried New Zealand below a snowfall of obstacles to win the 3rd Test and whole a sequence blank sweep earlier than calling on skilled avid gamers across the nation to undertake the similar hyper-aggressive method if they’ve world ambitions of their very own.
“I knew that everyone would buy into this mentality that me and Brendon [McCullum] wanted out of this team but I didn’t think it would go this well,” Stokes stated. “I think these last three games should have sent a message to people who aspire to play Test cricket for England over the next two or three years at least.
“I would say it’s the manner you play, whether that be with the ball or bat in your hand, not necessarily your stats. Because what we want to do is build on this, and it’s not just about this moment, it’s about the future as well.”
By creating a goal of 296 glance a lot more molehill than mountain at Headingley England changed into the primary facet ever to chase goals more than 250 thrice in a sequence.
“If we were on the wrong side of results in these games, if they’d played out the same way but we’d lost, I’d have walked off a very happy captain with the way everyone’s applied themselves, the attitude they’ve given to every single day, every single session, every single hour of these three matches,” Stokes stated. “I would like to think people watching know what they have to do to bang the door down and try to get in this team.”
Jonny Bairstow scored an unbeaten 44-ball 71 as England’s first collection below Stokes’s captaincy, and with McCullum as trainer, ended with impressive velocity. Across the collection the Yorkshireman scored 394 runs at a strike fee of 120 and a mean of 78.8. “Jonny knows what he’s in the team to do now, and he knows how he wants to play,” Stokes stated.
“That’s something he’s been able to do in white-ball cricket and he’s playing as if he’s got the colours on. For him to back up an amazing knock [in the second Test] at Trent Bridge with a performance in both innings this week was something very special.”
Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, was once left to marvel how his facet went from having England 55 for 6 of their first innings, neatly on most sensible and 274 forward, to finishing the sport emphatically overwhelmed. “In the last three matches we’ve found ourselves in positions of strength and perhaps ahead of the game, and there have been some incredible counterattacks which have come off in big ways for England,” he stated.
“This game in particular, where we had them 55 for six and then see the game swing so quickly in a matter of two sessions … it was hard to stop. At times we’ve played worse and come away with better results, but credit to England and the way they put their mark on the moments that really mattered.”
With Ben Foakes recuperating from Covid, Sam Billings has been added to an differently unchanged England squad for the Test in opposition to India which begins at Edgbaston on Friday.