James Anderson
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Veteran England fast bowler James Anderson has said that the injured Ben Stokes has still got sights on playing the 5th and final Test match of the Ashes 2021-22 series.

Joe Root-led England have managed to avoid the 5-0 whitewash against Australia as the 4th Ashes Test ended in a draw. England have already lost the 5-match Ashes series by losing the first three games.

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England lost the first match by 9 wickets at the Gabba, the second game by 275 runs at the Adelaide Oval and the third game by an innings and 14 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Currently, England are trailing by 0-3 in the 5-match Test series.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. Credits: England Cricket/Twitter

Meanwhile, star all-rounder Ben Stokes made a comeback in the ongoing Ashes series after a long mental health break from cricket.

So far he has done a decent job for the team England in the horrible Ashes campaign. He has scored 227 runs at an average of 28.37 and is the second-highest run-getter for England in this series. Also, with the ball, he has bagged 4 wickets.

He’s Already Saying That It Feels A Bit Better – James Anderson On Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. Photo- Twitter
Photo- Twitter

Notably, Stokes suffered a side strain while bowling in Sydney Cricket Ground, he was treated for tightness in his left side just before lunch on the second day of the 4th Test and has had a scan to determine the seriousness of the injury. Also, he didn’t bowl in the second innings, however, he scored 60 runs with the bat in the last innings of the match.

Meanwhile, Veteran Pacer Anderson has revealed that Stokes has said that he is feeling a bit better.

He’s already saying that it feels a bit better, He’s still got his sights on playing that fifth Test,” Anderson told the BBC on Sunday.

Anderson also mentioned that Stokes is very committed to the team as he played despite having a side strain.

“It shows what playing for this team means to him, Even though we’re 3-0 down. It would be very easy for him to say ‘I’ve pulled my side, I’ll go home and get it sorted.”

“If you’ve never pulled your side, you don’t know what pain like that is like. Every breath, you feel it. There are certain movements that are really painful,” he added.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. Credits: Twitter

The fifth and final Test of the ongoing Ashes is scheduled to begin at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart from January 14.

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