The first test match between England and New Zealand was one of the most exciting matches in the format in recent days. The match had all the moments that made it special and memorable for the fans as well as the experts. Stokes, captaining England for the first time in Test Cricket, started on a high with a comfortable victory at the home of cricket. The highlight of the match was undoubtedly Joe Root’s century, his 26th in the format, also crossing 10,000 runs in the process. There were contrasting emotions displayed by the two superstars of English cricket. While Root clearly appeared relieved, Stokes was full of enthusiasm that clearly showed how much the win meant to the all-rounder.
Defeating the current World Test Champions wasn’t an easy task. At one point of the match, when England were dismissed for 141, the match was evenly balanced. The momentum shifted in the visitor’s side on the next days only to quickly swing back towards the hosts. When asked about the victory, Stokes showed all the joy through his words but at the same time, was aware that it’s a long road ahead for the team. McCullum’s tactics and mindset have already rubbed off onto Stokes, with some of his decisions during the match being bold and attacking than the usual scenario.
Another highlight of the match was the comeback of the veteran duo – Broad and Anderson. While England have a long list of injured bowlers, these two still manage to keep their fitness maintained at the highest level. At Lord’s, they exhibited brilliant spell of swing bowling. Stokes was proud of himself for the way he handled the bowlers, and also revealed his mindset for the coming games.
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“Everybody knows what Jimmy and Broady are all about,” he said. “The only difference in the role that Matty played was obviously he normally takes the new ball for Durham. But throughout the whole summer, Scotty [Borthwick], Durham’s captain, has turned to him to get the wicket, to get the breakthrough, to change the game, and that’s how I wanted to use him this week. And he did it every time I chucked him the ball.
Always looking to be positive and just really staying true to what I was saying and how I want to captain and not letting the game dictate what I did. I was just making sure that I still stuck to my guns and was always looking to be positive in the way that I wanted the bowlers to bowl, the fields that I set… stick to everything that you’ve been talking about because you know actions speak louder than words.”