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Ben Stokes vowed England would sustain their daring strategy to Test cricket underneath coach Brendon McCullum after wrapping up a 2-1 collection win over South Africa on the Oval on Monday. The match was shortened to 3 days after the primary day was washed out and the second scrapped following the dying of Queen Elizabeth II. But England nonetheless wanted lower than half an hour to seal victory by 9 wickets in entrance of a sparse crowd in London. “This game here, with it being shortened, our main aim was it ending in a result,” England captain Stokes advised 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.”
Victory rounded off a shocking summer season for England with the purple ball. They swept the collection in opposition to world Test champions New Zealand 3-0 and beat India in a Test postponed from final 12 months after a coronavirus outbreak.
An attack-minded strategy has underlined all these wins.
“Me and Brendon are the guys who are sending this message to this group of players,” stated 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 bought into this.
“There is a motive why we now have gone out and been in a position to carry out and have the arrogance in one another to go and try this. That is one thing that may be very uncommon and one thing that you do not see that usually.”
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