Ben Stokes: England won’t change minds despite comments from South Africa captain Dean Elgar |  Cricket News

Ben Stokes: England won’t change minds despite comments from South Africa captain Dean Elgar | Cricket News

Ben Stokes: England won’t change minds despite comments from South Africa captain Dean Elgar |  Cricket News

Ben Foakes returns to the starting XI in place of Sam Billings in the only change from England’s last win against India in July; Watch the first Test against South Africa, live on Sky Sports Cricket, Wednesday – coverage from 10am and first ball at 11am

Last update: 08/16/22 12:58

Ben Stokes says England won't change their attacking mindset for their three-Test series against South Africa

Ben Stokes says England won’t change their attacking mindset for their three-Test series against South Africa

England men’s Test captain Ben Stokes insists the team’s attacking mindset will not change for their three-Test run against South Africa which begins at Lord’s on Wednesday.

Under Stokes and new head coach Brendon McCullum, England won four consecutive Tests to start the summer, sweeping New Zealand in their three-game series – chasing scores of over 275 in each Test – then beating India with a record. of 378.

South African captain Dean Elgar was the latest to comment on England’s new style which has been labeled ‘Bazball’, saying: “I don’t see there being any longevity in brave cricket”.

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But Stokes reiterated the message to his team, eager to see the “venom” in their approach again after five weeks out for whiteball cricket.

“The opposition seems to be talking about it a lot right now,” Stokes said. “We just focus on what we do.

“We have a style of play, they have a style of play. At the end of the day, it’s bat versus ball and whoever plays better in a test match is more likely to win.

“I’m happy for Dean and the South African team to keep saying they’re not interested, but also to keep talking about it.”

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Stokes added: “For me, this is just reiterating the points we were making at the start of the summer – our mindset, our attitude and everything – about how we go out and play our cricket.

“Personally, I think that’s the most important thing right now for this team. Believing in what we say in the locker room, going out there and trying to stand by what we say.

“I felt like we’d been apart for a very long time – obviously there’s been a lot of different cricket, different formats played – so there’s a real excitement for me to get back there. -down, seeing everyone and reminding everyone of what we’ve achieved and sticking to our guns.

“It’s about making sure that this five week period doesn’t mean we’ve lost our venom. It would be easy to walk away for so long to almost forget where we managed to end up.

“The results will take care of themselves. If we play at the level we have done in the last four Test matches, we know we are going to give ourselves a great opportunity to win the game.

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Enjoy the sound of Jonny Bairstow batting as we look back over all of his English borders so far this summer. Courtesy of @englandcricket on twitter

Enjoy the sound of Jonny Bairstow batting as we look back over all of his English borders so far this summer. Courtesy of @englandcricket on twitter

Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes returns to the starting XI, replacing Sam Billings, in the only change for the first Test at Lord’s after missing out on victory over India at Edgbaston with Covid.

Stokes said he was also happy with his own fitness, having been troubled by a knee problem earlier this summer.

“Everyone in the starting XI, which you’ll see tomorrow, the shirt is theirs at the moment,” Stokes said.

“I look at the team as a whole and it’s a very exciting place as captain and coach, like me and Baz [McCullum] keep saying. We feel like we covered all the bases.

“You sure would rather be there, than scratch your head thinking ‘who are we going to choose?

“It was a pretty easy decision based on our previous four performances.”

Regarding his knee, Stokes added: “It’s been a long process, but we have an amazing medical team. I’m very satisfied and happy with my current situation. It’s just a matter of keeping it going.

“I had two weeks off after my one-day retirement. I’ve rebuilt myself well and I’m really excited to be back tomorrow.”

England men’s XI, first test: Ben Stokes (c), Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Matthew Potts, James Anderson

Watch England’s first Test against South Africa live on Sky Sports The Hundred on Wednesday. Lord’s build-up begins at 10 a.m. with the first ball at 11 a.m.

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