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Ben Stokes was particularly impressed with England’s ability to continue playing positive and entertaining cricket despite being 55–6 at Headingley; He thinks his team will continue with the same attitude against India on Friday, live on Sky Sports Cricket at 9.30am

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England captain Ben Stokes was delighted with his side’s 3-0 victory over New Zealand and hopes to carry it over to the next Test against India.

England captain Ben Stokes was delighted with his side’s 3-0 victory over New Zealand and hopes to carry it over to the next Test against India.

Ben Stokes admitted it was a ‘quite special start’ to life as England Test captain as his side’s new found mindset helped them secure a 3-series sweep 0 against New Zealand, adding that they will continue in the same vein when they face India. Friday.

It was as perfect a start as it could be for England’s new regime on Monday, as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root’s batting heroics handed England a seven-wicket victory, with a Bairstow six capping another entertaining innings for this revitalized English team.

New skipper Stokes, along with new Test head coach Brendon McCullum, have introduced a positive style of play and for the captain it has been “incredible” to watch his side embrace a new brand of cricket.

Jonny Bairstow hit a massive six to beat New Zealand and seal a 3-0 series win for England

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Jonny Bairstow hit a massive six to beat New Zealand and seal a 3-0 series win for England

Jonny Bairstow hit a massive six to beat New Zealand and seal a 3-0 series win for England

“It went really well,” Stokes said.

“Coming away with a 3-0 series win against the best team in the world is a pretty special start.

“Testament to the team in those three games, they were absolutely phenomenal.

“When I took over this job it was more than results for me, it was about changing the mindset of guys towards test cricket and having fun and enjoying the fact that you represent your country and the results will take care of themselves.

“To say that we did it so quickly is just incredible.

“There’s not much I can do so a huge credit to Brendon as well, the way he came in and influenced this band, the backroom staff, everyone else who played a part in this show , they’ve been absolutely phenomenal.”

Highlights from Day 5 of the 3rd England vs New Zealand Test

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Highlights from Day 5 of the 3rd England vs New Zealand Test

Highlights from Day 5 of the 3rd England vs New Zealand Test

Although it was a series filled with standout moments, for Stokes it was “fantastic” to see his side maintain a positive mood and mount a fightback despite a 55-6 first-leg defeat at Headingley .

He said: “Obviously last week at Trent Bridge was amazing, but for me to get 55-6 and then do what we managed to do the way we did was probably the biggest thing. enjoyable from the series.

“It could have been very us to go back into our shell and say it didn’t work out this time, let’s just try to play it.

“Having a boy on his debut at Jamie (Overton) having the confidence to come out and play like that is something special that we create in the group and the friction that we have on new guys coming into the group, it’s bigger than us right now, it’s about guys who are going to come into this locker room in the future.

In-form Jonny Bairstow hit 50 on day five of the third Test against New Zealand - England's second fastest half-century

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In-form Jonny Bairstow hit 50 on day five of the third Test against New Zealand – England’s second fastest half-century

In-form Jonny Bairstow hit 50 on day five of the third Test against New Zealand – England’s second fastest half-century

“It really set a level that, people who want to come and represent England in Test matches, that’s who we are.

“I really wanted to push the guys this week and show them exactly what they are capable of.”

Next up is a Test against India at Edgbaston on Friday and the England skipper is confident fans will once again be greeted with a positive approach to Test cricket.

“Obviously it’s completely different opposition and we have a series to try and shoot, but we’ll think about ourselves,” he added.

“Trust me when I say we will go out with the exact same mindset even though it’s a different opposition.”

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July 1, 2022, 9:30 a.m.

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Ben Stokes’ side are back in action on Friday as they take on India in the rescheduled fifth Test against at Edgbaston, live on Sky Sports Cricket. Coverage starts at 9:30 a.m. and play starts half an hour earlier than usual at 10:30 a.m.




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