England captain Ben Stokes spoke about his team’s approach for the upcoming Ashes 2023. He said his team will continue to play in the same style and also spoke about his bowling, saying he will give 100% in all five games.
We are just a dream away from the biggest rivalry in world cricket. England are set to host Australia in the five-game Test series at home. The Ashes will begin on June 16 in Edgbaston, followed by the Lord’s Test on June 28. The third game will be played on July 6 in Leeds, while the final two games are scheduled for July 19 and 27 at Manchester and the Oval respectively.
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While England, on the other hand, have been seen as a class apart from the moment Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes took over. They have won series both at home and away from home. They have taken the fearless approach in the Tests and leave no chances to score runs.
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On the eve of the first Test, England skipper Ben Stokes said that although the conditions will be difficult they will try to play positive as they have. He remarked, saying that they will face the ball, not the man. Speaking to reporters, he said:
“We have found a style and a way that we want to play our cricket that has been very successful and regardless of the opponent, that is what we are going to pursue. Obviously conditions can dictate how you can do that, but we will always try to adapt to conditions and still have that positive mode, which is to go out and have as much fun as we can and always look to pressure the opposition regardless. Who is it? Not facing the man, but facing the ball”.
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Ashes 2023: “I’ve gotten myself into a really good place to be able to bowl,” says Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes, who has not bowled since February 2023 due to a knee injury, had quite a few bowling sessions in the build up to Ashes. The all-rounder has regained his fitness and he is expected to fill the role of fourth closer in the 2023 Ashes for England.
When asked about his bowling fitness, Ben Stokes said he is in a good position to bowl and whatever happens he will give 100%. He explained:
“Very good for my confidence. I have bowled every day so far and have been able to run harder, day by day. I have found myself in a very good place to be able to play bowls. But (bowling coach) David Saker obviously came in and mentioned something to me last week when we were in Scotland. He said if you’re still bowling in the fourth and fifth tests, we’ve done something right. I think I will give 100% of what I have all the time.”
England have won 12 of their 17 Tests under Ben Stokes. They haven’t suffered a loss on their home ground at the Ashes since 2001. The all-rounder hopes to maintain that record and win the series.
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