ENG VS IND: England captain Ben Stokes opened up on the clarity the new England dressing room has under his leadership and the coaching of Brendon McCullum, claiming that the 378-run target against England in the rescheduled fifth and final Test in Birmingham did not look daunting as well. Bet online by checking more trusted betting sites in India for the upcoming match here on our site.

However, Ben Stokes has quoted a line from Jack Leach, saying that there are teams who are better than England but no one can be braver than them with their new aggressive approach, which is famously labelled the ‘Bazball’.

Notably, England has scripted their highest-ever successful chase in the history of Test cricket as they successfully chased down 378 in just 76.4 overs, scoring near to 5 runs per over. It was England’s 4th successful chase over 275 runs as they had defeated New Zealand in their 3-0 win over the World Test Champions last month as well.

“It’s down to the players, making my job easier. When you have clarity like we do in the dressing room it makes totals like that easier. 378 five weeks ago would have been scary, but it’s all good,” Ben Stokes told Sky Sports when he was asked whether the 378-run target looked daunting. “We take away the scoreboard and how many runs there are to chase, it’s all about taking wickets. Sometimes teams will be better than us, but no one will be braver than us, according to Jack Leach.”

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Stokes also gave the credit to Alex Lees and Zak Crawley, the two out-of-form openers, who tackled the new-ball storm from Mohammed Shami and stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah to add a 107-run opening stand in just 20 overs to set the stage as well. He also lauded Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root.

“Jonny and Rooty will get the plaudits, but you set the precedent by what your two openers do, and playing the way they did against Bumrah and Shami. We are trying to rewrite how Test cricket is being played, in England in particular. It’s not always about top of off, it’s about taking ten wickets,” he expressed.

Notably, Ben Stokes has led England to 4 wins in as many matches so far after taking over as captain from Joe Root. England had only won 2 of their last 17 Test matches before Stokes and McCullum took over the reins as well.

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