I'm happy to step up - Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes celebrating his five-wicket haul against Australia at Trent Bridge.
Ben Stokes celebrating his five-wicket haul against Australia at Trent Bridge.
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes was  a happy man after snaring a five-wicket haul on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge to leave England on the brink of an Ashes-sealing win.

Stokes, who snared three quick wickets just before the tea break to trigger an Australian collapse, was extremely pleased with his efforts, especially with England missing their pace spearhead James Anderson in the match.

"We came in without Jimmy, who is a massive loss,” said Stokes after the day’s play.

“I'm really happy with being given the extra responsibility.

"I've always been able to do it, but I've never had a chance to bowl for England when the conditions have been so in favour of swing."

Australia were heading towards the tea break with David Warner and Chris Rogers having put on an unbeaten 113-run stand before Stokes picked up four wickets in an excellent five-over spell to rattle the visitors.

Stokes’ heroics with the ball meant that Australia ended the day at 241 for seven – still 90 runs adrift of making England bat again and the Durham all-rounder is aware that the urn is now within touching distance.

Despite being in pole position, Stokes maintained that England will not be complacent going into the third day.

“We're in an unbelievable position here.

“They're not quite in our grasp yet, but we hope they're very close.

"We know no game is over until the last wicket is taken, so we'll take that attitude in."

Australian vice-captain Steven Smith had declared prior to the Ashes series that England will not come close to his side.

Stressing that his focus was on regaining the urn, Stokes refused to comment on Smith’s bold statements.

"Yeah, we did see that," he said.

"I don't want to go too far with this so...we hope we're going to lift the Ashes tomorrow...that's it."

Friday's five-wicket haul at Trent Bridge was Stokes' second such feat after having produced one during the previous Ashes series in Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2013-14.

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