ENG vs SA: England potential excites skipper Ben Stokes after Test series win over South Africa

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ENG vs SA: England potential excites skipper Ben Stokes after Test series win over South Africa
ENG vs SA: England potential excites skipper Ben Stokes after Test series win over South Africa

ENG vs SA: England potential excites skipper Ben Stokes after Test series win over South Africa

ENG vs SA: After finishing off a successful first season as captain with a commanding performance against South Africa, Ben Stokes remarked on Monday that it was “frightening” to consider what England might accomplish.

With hardly more than two days of genuine play, England needed just 25 minutes at the Oval to defeat the Proteas by nine wickets and win the series 2-1.

Additionally, it meant that England had won six of the team’s first seven Test matches under the new leadership of Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, a substantial improvement over Joe Root’s final record of one victory in seventeen games.

World Test champions New Zealand were crushed 3-0 before England overcame India in a make-up match from the previous year due to coronavirus fears in the Indian camp, and then defeated the Proteas.

All of those victories were distinguished by a willingness to participate in frantic run-chases while minimising player pressure, even though much of England’s success, as South Africa captain Dean Elgar highlighted, was based on traditional red-ball game fundamentals.

Although they were all at home, Stokes is adamant that England should “go toward danger” during their upcoming Test series, a three-match tour of Pakistan in December.

ENG vs SA: England potential excites skipper Ben Stokes after Test series win over South Africa
ENG vs SA: England potential excites skipper Ben Stokes after Test series win over South Africa

Stokes pleased about the possibility that both express quicks may available. When his team attempts to reclaim the Ashes at home against archrivals Australia next year. England has been missing two injured fast bowlers, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, all season.

“Who knows how far we can take this side over the next couple of years?,” he said. “We’ve got two of our premium fast bowlers who have had big injuries this summer. And have missed a lot of cricket. You add Jofra and Woody into the mix being fully fit. It’s scary to think where things could go, especially with the ball.”

However, England’s tour to Pakistan, where they haven’t played since 2005 owing to security concerns. It presents an entirely different obstacle before that.

“It is something that we are going to have to try to continue to do in Pakistan. We can’t live off the fact that we’ve won six out of seven games. Because we will presented with a completely different challenge,” he said.

“(We must) Walk towards that danger of what Pakistan is going to throw at us. It’s a hot country, you are not going to get anywhere near as much assistance with the ball as you do in England. You will be facing a lot more spin,” he added.

“That’s a new challenge for us and something we are excited by. To show in different situations we can show off the positive mindset. And always try to put the pressure back onto the opposition.”

Former New Zealand captain McCullum played down his contribution to England’s transformation.

“It is definitely more Ben than me, he is the leader of the side,” McCullum told the BBC.

“He is a genuine, authentic person. He loves being able to give guys freedom to be the best versions of themselves on the cricket field.

“That is why we’ve seen guys who probably came into this summer with some question marks over their head be able to go out there and perform. And look just as good as any international cricketer going around.”