We'll make Australia toil - Ben Stokes

We'll make Australia toil - Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes has stated that England are determined not to allow Australia to canter to an easy win at Lord's.
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has stated that England are determined not to allow Australia to canter to an easy win at Lord's.

At stumps on day three, Australia were 108 for no loss – leading overall by 362 runs with the writing clearly on the wall for England but Stokes maintained that his side will not give in easily.

The Durham all-rounder also urged his team to show more application on a pitch that still doesn’t have many demons in it.

"We're under the pump, tomorrow's a big day for us,” said Stokes to Sky Sports after the third day’s play.

"We've got to get our heads around the fact we've got to bat 150 overs.

“We need to try to make them bat as long as possible, not let them get too far ahead in a short space of time."

Stokes, who made a fabulous 128-ball 87 in the first innings, revealed that his aggressive attitude with the willow had paid rich dividends for him.

While the Durham all-rounder insists that England had tried to play positively in the first innings, he was quick to admit that the early wickets hurt his side badly.

England were reduced to 30 for four in a hurry late on the second day before Stokes along with skipper Alastair Cook put on a century partnership for the fifth wicket to arrest the slide.

"We tried to keep playing positively, our natural way, we didn't get off to the best start yesterday but me and Cookie managed to rebuild.

"It's been working for me the last couple of weeks, trying to stay as positive as I can but treating every ball on its merit.”

England’s previous defeat to Australia at Lord’s came during the 2005 series following which they have won two successive games at the venue against their Ashes rivals.

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