Ben Stokes-led England National Cricket Team won the fifth and final Test match of the series by 7 wickets against Jasprit Bumrah-led India National Cricket Team at the Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Winning the toss and bowling first, England had a fantastic start in the match and they managed to reduce India to 98/5. However, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja’s terrific centuries helped India score 416 runs.
England, in their first innings, scored only 284 runs, but England’s bowling unit did a better job in the third innings of the match and they were able to bowl out India for 245. However, still, England got a huge target of 378 runs to chase in the 4th innings.
Openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley provided England with a terrific start by adding 100 runs under 20 overs in the 4th innings. After that, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root did the rest of the job to help England complete the historic run-chase and win the match by 7 wickets. Also, the series ended in a 2-2 draw.
We want to bring in new fans and want to leave a mark on Test cricket – Ben Stokes
Speaking after the match, England captain Ben Stokes said that with the clarity in the dressing room chasing the humongous target became easier. He said:
“When the lads play like this, it makes my job easier. When you have clarity like we have in the dressing room, it makes chasing totals like this easier. 378 would have been scary five weeks ago, but now it’s all good.”
Ben Stokes lauded batters Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root for their phenomenal innings on Day 5. He also heaped praise on openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley, who had a 107-run partnership in the 4th innings of the match, while chasing the target. He said:
“Jonny and Root will get all the credit, but the precedent was set up by the way the openers played against Bumrah and Shami with the new ball.
“It is all about taking wickets and taking ten wickets. There are no complaints. Sometimes, teams will be better than us, but no one will be braver than us, quote by Jack Leach.”
Ben Stokes further said that they are “trying to rewrite how Test cricket is played in England”. He added that the new England Test team want to inspire the next generation, give new life to Test cricket, and bring in new fans. Ben Stokes elaborated:
“We are trying to rewrite how Test cricket is played in England. All our plans from the last four-five weeks is what we want to take ahead. Bowling on the top of off isn’t important, it is all about taking ten wickets. We know that we want to give some new life to Test cricket.
“The support we received has been fantastic in the short time that we’ve been around. Inspiring the next generation is what we want to do. We want to bring in new fans and want to leave a mark on Test cricket.”
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