ENG VS IND: England had become the victorious side of the fifth test match and leveled the score of this series. English batters were seeming too comfortable in the second innings. They chased down 378 runs target and won the match by seven wickets. Also, this was the highest ever run chase by England in test cricket. Before the match, the Indian team was leading in the series with a 2-1 score. Looking for India’s top betting sites? Check out live cricket odds and bet on live cricket games with our amazing betting bonuses!

But with the victory, England leveled the series 2-2. After the match in the post-match presentation, English captain Ben Stokes stated a hilarious comment. He confessed that some part of him was urging him to get a target around 450-run. And then he would see how his team will react. Stokes further added that when there is clarity on what the team wants to achieve, it makes things easy to get.

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He knew that England will easily chase the target. The biggest statement he gave is, that he quoted his teammate Jack Leach. He said that other sides would be better than England but England is braver than any other. He also mentioned that it is all about the mindset and attitude towards the game. When a team has clarity and focus on what they want to achieve as a team then it makes things easier.

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“We know what we were going to do – we knew we were always going to go out and try and chase that down from the get-go. A great way to explain is that teams are perhaps better than us, but teams won’t be braver than us. Jack Leach said that to me about two minutes ago and it is a great way to sum things up at the moment. The external pressure that playing international cricket gives you…378 five or six weeks ago would have been scary, but nah, it was good. There was a bit of me that almost wanted them to get to 450 to see what we’d do!,”

added the England Test captain. 

Before the match against India, England had been playing red-ball series against New Zealand. There they also won all the matches by chasing the target. In the three-match England successfully chased competitive totals of 277, 299, and 296. It was the first series of England’s new duo, Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes as full-time head coach and captain.

Stokes said that they had the clarity to get down to the target. And this made things a lot easier for the English side, as per Ben Stokes. Meanwhile, both the team will head to the white-ball series on Thursday. There England will start their new white-ball journey under a new skipper, Jos Butler.

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