ENG vs SA: Ben Stokes vows no let-up in England’s attacking approach after series win against South Africa
ENG vs SA: After sealing a 2-1 series victory over South Africa at the Oval on Monday, Ben Stokes vowed that England would continue their aggressive approach to Test cricket under coach Brendon McCullum.
The match shortened to three days when the first day washed out and the second cancelled following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
To win by nine wickets in front of a small crowd in London, England still needed less than 30 minutes.
“This game here, with it being shortened, our main aim was it ending in a result,” England captain 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.”
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Victory rounded off a wonderful summer for England with the red ball. They defeated India in a test that postponed from last year due to a coronavirus outbreak. And they defeated New Zealand in a series that they won 3-0.
An attack-minded approach has underlined all those wins.
“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 brought 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.”