Ben Stokes Lauds Joe Root's Consistency
England all-rounder Ben Stokes, whose impactful contributions were influential in his side's 124-run win over New Zealand at Lord’s, was all praise for his vice-captain Joe Root’s amazing consistency with the bat.
Reflecting on the incredible camaraderie within the squad, Stokes expressed hope that Root will be able to build on his purple patch in the matches to come.
Root’s superlative form since January 2014 has earned him a nickname ‘The Don’ in honor of the legendary Sir Don Bradman among his teammates particularly Stokes.
“It makes the game much more easier to play when you’re having fun out there with your mates,” said Stokes.
“Joe has been in tremendous form over the last 18 months.
“He’s been the Don according to the stats column.
“Hopefully he can continue it to the next Test match.”
Stokes attributed his aggressive knocks in both innings which shifted the momentum England’s way to the aggressive tactics employed by New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.
Although the pressure was squarely on England particularly on the first morning of the match, Stokes feels that the positive approach coupled with the field placements helped England’s cause.
“There were always opportunities to score with the fields Brendon had.
“He’s obviously a very attacking captain.
“There were opportunities to rotate strike.”
The Durham all-rounder also underlined the outfield at Lord’s as a primary reason for the healthy scoring rate of both teams in the match.
Once the counter-attack had served its purpose, Stokes stated that the plan from him and Root was to keep batting on to safety.
“Lord’s has a very quick outfield so if you pierce the infield, you’re more likely than not to find the boundary.
“Once me and Joe got in, we just tried to keep going and put us back to a good position.”
If his exploits with the bat weren’t enough, Stokes stole the thunder on the final day with a three-wicket haul that included dismissing Kane Williamson and McCullum off successive balls which spurred enthusiastic reactions from the crowd.
When asked about the crowd reaction which skipper Alastair Cook stated he had never seen before, Stokes admitted that the atmosphere at Lord’s helped England to put in their best in crunch situations.
“It was a lovely moment.
“The crowd over the last five days were truly sensational.
“They were getting behind us all day and they deserve a massive credit for the win we have achieved today.”
Stokes’ blistering hundred in the second innings at Lord’s was the fastest century at the venue in the history of Test cricket.
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