New Delhi. Test match is to be played between India and England in Birmingham from July 1. The mind game has already started before this. New England captain Ben Stokes has warned India that they will face the changed English team in Birmingham. Stokes said that the England team will go into the Test match played against India from this Friday with aggressive intentions and will bat with this thinking. England team led by Stokes has made a clean sweep of New Zealand in the recently concluded 3-Test series. In this series, the England batsmen batted in the style of T20. The reason for this is the new coach of the team, Brendon McCullum. Since the arrival of former New Zealand batsman McCullum, the English team has been playing limited over cricket in Tests as well.
Ben Stokes said after winning the last Test against New Zealand at Headingley, “Trust me, when I say that we will go forward with the mindset we played against New Zealand. We will give tough competition to the opposition team. It doesn’t matter which team is in front.
Changing mindset of players is more important: Stokes
Stokes further said, “For me, when I took over the captaincy of the England Test team, it was more than the results. It was about changing the mindset of players towards Test cricket. At the same time, you are representing England to enjoy this thing and the results will come on your own. We will fall into this thinking so soon, it was not thought that. It’s hard for me to believe this too. The way we returned to the match after losing 5 for 55 in the first innings of the Headingley Test against New Zealand. That was the most satisfying thing for me in the series, because it could have been easier for us to go back at this point.”
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The England team’s style of playing Tests has changed since Stokes became the captain and McCullum became the coach. England have won all the three Tests against New Zealand chasing the target. In the Nottingham Test, the English team had chased 299 runs in just 50 overs at a run rate of 6 on the fifth and last day. In that match, Jonny Bairstow scored 136 in 92 balls and captain Stokes scored 75 runs in 70 balls.
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English batsmen will take an aggressive approach
Now England is facing India. There is one test left of the last tour between the two countries, which was canceled due to Corona. It will be played from July 1 and at least in terms of batting, the England team is not in a mood to compromise and hardly anyone will be surprised if the batsman looks like Nottingham in the Birmingham Test.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 28, 2022, 15:55 IST