Ben Stokes Has to Bowl at Full Potential if England Wants to Win

Ben Stokes

If England desires to secure victory, Ben Stokes must unleash his bowling at full potential. Stokes holds the key to England’s success, and his ability to deliver outstanding performances with the ball will play a crucial role in determining the victories in the upcoming Ashes.

After two consecutive defeats, the team will heavily rely on Stoke; his precision bowling and strategic approach are necessary to dismantle the Aussies’ batting lineup. 

Ben Stokes Has To Unleash the Dual Force To Secure Win

The recent back-to-back defeats in the Ashes 2023 have shed light on Stokes’s absence in England’s bowling lineup. While Stokes has undoubtedly displayed his exceptional batting form, especially his remarkable knock of 155 runs, it is evident that he needs to support the team’s bowling efforts more. 

Stokes must step up and contribute significantly to bowling for a balanced approach. Stokes can bolster England’s chances of success in future matches or at least in drawing matches.

Stokes Figure in Ashes 2019

Like his outstanding performance in the third Ashes match of 2019, where Ben Stokes contributed with a bowling figure of 1/45 and 3/56, along with his impressive unbeaten score of 135 runs, England now counts on him to replicate that level of performance to secure victories in the remaining matches of Ashes 2023. Stokes needs to deliver a similar exceptional performance again and steer the England team toward success.

Australia’s Dominant Performance Secures Victory over England

In the thrilling match, Australia set a challenging target of 416 after being dismissed in their first innings. It was propelled by an exceptional century from Steve Smith, accompanied by valuable contributions of 77 runs from Travis Head and 66 runs from David Warner. 

In response, England could only manage to score 325 runs in their first innings, with Ben Duckett falling just short of a century with 98 runs, while Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, and Ollie Pope added crucial runs with scores of 50, 48, and 42 respectively.

In the second innings, Australia faced the English bowling attack and was all out for 279 runs, leaving England with a target of 371 for victory. However, despite a heroic effort of Ben Stokes, the England team fell short, reaching 327 runs and conceding a 43-run win to the Kangaroos. 

Brendon McCullum and Captain Ben Stokes Bairstow Upset With Jonny’s Dismissal

England coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes have expressed their belief that Australia violated the “spirit” of cricket laws during the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. At the same time, they acknowledged that Bairstow was technically out.

The dismissal occurred when Bairstow left his crease, assuming that the umpires had called “Over,” indicating that the ball was dead. However, wicketkeeper Alex Carey swiftly dislodged the stumps, resulting in Bairstow’s stumping.