‘We can still win the series,’ believes Stokes


Despite a defeat of 434 runs in the third Test against India in Rajkot, Ben Stokes believes that England can still clinch the series 3-2.

The Englishmen won the first Test in Hyderabad by 28 runs, but they came a poor second in the subsequent matches.

In Rajkot, the batsmen of Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal kept their bowling attack quiet, while Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling deliveries were one too many for the batsmen.

England’s aggressive approach is also under fire, especially after Joe Root lost his wicket with a suspicious reverse pick-up from Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling.

The English press described this stroke as the worst in Test cricket.

“Everyone has their point of view on things. Yet the only opinion that really matters is that of the players in the dressing room. Yes, things don’t always work out the way you want them to, but there are still two games left in the series. We can still go home with the silverware if the score is 3-2 in our favour,” said Stokes.

According to the England captain, who played in his 100th Test, his team will not mourn the big defeat for long. It is, as it were, forward march for the pale-legged.

“We are going to put all the emotions and disappointment of this game behind us and move on to the next test. As a team we are going to throw everything into the battle to win the next two tests.”

  • Summary of the scorecard:

India 445/10 in 130.5 overs: Rohit Sharma 131, Ravindra Jadeja 112 and Mark Wood 4/114.

England 319/10 in 71.1 overs: Ben Duckett 153, Ben Stokes 41 and Mohammed Siraj 4/84.

India 430/4 in 98 overs: Yashasvi Jaiswal 214*, Shubman Gill 91 and Tom Hartley 1/78.

England 122/10 in 39.4 overs: Mark Wood 33 and Ravindra Jadeja 5/41.

Outcome: India win by 434 runs.