Ace Joe Root, an English batter, feels that Ben Stokes, the captain of England, has the game plan for the forthcoming postponed Test match against India at Edgbaston, as well as the series that will follow after that. In the meanwhile, Stokes gave credit for the 3-0 victory against New Zealand to the newly hired head coach Brendon McCullum as well as the rest of the coaching staff.
Stokes referred to the victory over New Zealand in the Test series as “phenomenal,” and he said that it was due to a shift in mentality toward the game of test cricket. It was the “most pleasant thing,” according to him, that they were able to pull off a win despite being at 55/6 in the first innings of the third test match. He thinks that it has established a benchmark for individuals going into the Test match, and he praised first-time player Matthew Potts for the manner that which he handled the chance to play on such a big platform.
India presents a distinct challenge, yet we shall confront them with the same frame of mind: Ben Stokes
“Everything has worked out extremely beautifully. It is quite remarkable that we were able to defeat the finest team in the world by a score of 3-0. It’s about the shift in the attitude of the players regarding Test cricket. Brendon McCullum and the rest of the backroom personnel deserve a tremendous amount of praise. Being 55/6 and then doing what we did in the way in which we did it was the most pleasant thing. Trent Bridge (2nd Test) was great, but the most pleasing thing was accomplishing what we did.
It has definitely established the standard at which individuals want to come in and produce for the Test side. (Matthew) Potts has adapted to his new environment with ease. It’s amazing to see (Jack) Leach and (Stuart) Broad bowling so many overs, especially at their ages,” Stokes said. He said that the squad was constructed in such a way that individuals could deliver the best in every position.
Stokes said that while India presented a new challenge, the team will continue to play with the same mentality. On the other side, Root said that it is essential for the squad to have fun throughout the series. Root and Daryl Mitchell shared the Player of the Series award for their performances. He suggested that the discussion needs to center on the accomplishments that the group has made over the course of the last several weeks. When asked about the forthcoming test match against India, he said, “I am sure Ben (Stokes) has got the plans for the India Test and the following series as well.”