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“We have a good track record of bouncing back” : Ben Stokes

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There is no denying that Australia thumped England in the first test. Of all the 14 sessions, only two and a half went to England when Root and Malan put up a brave partnership of more than 150 runs. The captain and the coach faced plenty of criticism owing to the controversial decision of batting first and leaving out their premier bowlers, Broad and Anderson.

All-rounder Ben Stokes who gave a lifeline to Warner from his over-stepping has backed the team to come back into the series. In his column for the mirror, the all-rounder stated “We came back against South Africa to win, we came back against the West Indies last year to win, so we’ve done it before and we can do it again.”

The all-rounder had taken a break from International Cricket in July this year to prioritize his mental well-being. Joe Root, on the other hand, has not given clear indications about England going on with an all-out pace attack in the day-night pink test match at Adelaide. The captain defended Jack Leach who was scored heavily by the Australians. The bowler conceded 102 runs from his 13 overs only.

England may bring back Broad and Anderson but will have a difficult time in leaving out two players. Chris Woakes and Jack Leach may be left out. There are concerns about the all-rounder himself as he struggled to get his rhythm. However, stokes dismissed all the concerns that it is the occasional flare that happens because of the old injury he had in his knees.

While the defeat could have shaken off all the confidence of the English side, they now have the likes of India, from whom they can take plenty of confidence to come back into the series.

“Having a long break is going to show itself, but there are no excuses” Stokes said. If Jimmy Anderson comes back to the team, he will looking to replicate the previous performance at the Adelaide in when the bowler bagged 5-43.

England probable squad for the second test match: Haseeb Hameed, Rory Burns, Malan, Root (c), Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Jimmy Anderson, Robinson, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad,

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