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Ben Stokes: “I believe this is what Test cricket needed”

Ben Stokes: “I believe this is what Test cricket needed”

England’s thrilling Ashes battle against Australia has the potential to revitalize Test cricket, according to captain Ben Stokes. Stuart Broad, on his final day before retirement, took the crucial wicket, leading England to victory in the fifth Test, resulting in a series draw and denying Australia their first series win in the UK since 2001.

The series’ comeback was remarkable after a shaky start for Brendon McCullum’s side, facing two challenging opening Tests and a rain-affected fourth Test that dashed their hopes of winning the urn. Stokes expressed his belief, saying:

“I genuinely believe this is what Test cricket needed.” 

Both England and Australia players passionately supporting the preservation of the format.

He mentioned that the series has attracted numerous new fans and a fresh audience, showcasing Test cricket’s purest form, which he deeply admires. Stokes hopes that the captivating contest between two high-quality teams has inspired a new generation of cricket enthusiasts, just as the 2005 series had a profound impact on him as a young individual.

Australia seemed well-positioned to chase down 384 runs as they reached 238-3 with Steve Smith and Travis Head in control, but a two-hour rain delay disrupted their momentum. England, upon returning to the field, put up a frantic finale, taking the final seven wickets, with standout performances from Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali, and Stuart Broad sealing the victory.

Stokes said:

“I think 2-2 is a fair reflection of the teams literally going toe-to-toe. Australia are world Test champions, they are a quality team.” 

expressing pride in his team’s efforts to bounce back from being 2-0 down. He commended the team for embracing the significance of The Ashes and delivering on their promises.

Ben Stokes: "I believe this is what Test cricket needed"
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Stokes praised Moeen’s contributions, mentioning how he came out of retirement to replace Jack Leach and played a defining role with his performance. Moeen’s impact on the game was incredible, and Stokes acknowledged him as a great servant to England.

For Broad, it was a fitting conclusion to his illustrious England career, with his stellar performance sealing the series victory. Stokes highlighted Broad’s remarkable achievements and the longevity of his career, recognizing the significance of the moment for him.

As the game approached its climax, Stokes was confident in England’s chances, particularly after getting Australia eight wickets down. Bringing Broad back into the attack proved to be a well-timed decision, leading to a celebration of his remarkable contributions as he sealed the victory for England. The moment was fitting and destined for Broad, according to Ben Stokes.

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