Dugout Cricket News: Ben Stokes mentions an aggressive approach against India
England skipper Ben Stokes claimed that he knows what it takes to beat a side like India. He warned the Indian side ahead of the fifth test on the aggressive approach England would take against Jasprit Bumrah's side in Edgbaston
He also told the grand vision of his team to focus more on reshaping Test cricket with style rather than just winning.
The England team is filled with different energy after their new Captain and coach have taken charge. It is visible in their game plan and the temperament the players show on the field, from Jonny Bairstow to Ollie Pope and Stuart Broad to the new entrant Matthew Potts, whose team is like a roaring beast.
"Well, we just beat the best team in the world 3-0, India is obviously a completely different opposition, the different dynamic of a team but we are concentrating on ourselves, we understand what we do well but we have also taken into account who we are playing against. Just because the opposition changes does not mean we change," said Ben Stokes in the press conference.
India is currently leading the series by a margin of 2-1, and Ben Stokes is confident enough to square the series. He said, "Of course, we still know that we must win this match to draw the series. But you know how I said at the end of last week that, at the moment, it's bigger than the results, it's bigger than what you know, what happens on the pitch, there's more. Obviously, we want to win every game we play, but it's bigger than that."
When asked if their side keeps the potential of playing a more offensive type of cricket in comparison to what they did against New Zealand, Stokes confidently replied, "If there is a team that can, it is us".
The much-needed win won't come easy for team India. On many previous occasions, Ben Stokes has highlighted and announced his and the team's aggressive approach in test cricket for years. He even made it clear for the aspiring county players to play with a similar attitude if they wanted to find a spot in the English team. Though Virat Kohli, as a leader, had carried an aggressive approach, it will be a contest to watch how Jasprit Bumrah leads the pack.