England skipper Ben Stokes would be delighted after kick-starting the English Summer in a grand manner. England won the match by 10 wickets and chased down the target of 12 runs with ease. Ben Stokes‘ captaincy was tested as Ireland’s batters made England’s bowlers work hard for the wickets.
The 4-day Test match got ended in 3 days as there was sheer domination by England’s batters. The opening pair of Zak Crawley & Ben Duckett dismantled Ireland’s bowling lineup and stitched an opening partnership of 109 runs in 16.3 overs. Later the rising batter Ollie Pope smashed a turbulent double century as there was carnage at Lord’s.
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Ireland’s batters showed some character as at one stage the visitors were reduced to 162-6 and it seemed as if Ireland would serve an innings defeat. Mark Adair then played a turbulent knock of 88 runs in 76 balls and somehow Ireland avoided an inning defeat.
Ben Stokes had taken a good catch to dismiss Curtis Campher and was seen in discomfort but remained on the field despite having a knee problem. The debutant Tongue took a 5-wicket haul and conceded 66 runs in his 21 overs.
Josh Tongue came in and performed really well- Ben Stokes
During the post-match presentation, Ben Stokes praised Ireland for putting up a fight and said that this contest would help the team against their arch-rivals Australia. The Ashes are slated to take place on 16th June. Ben Stokes was quite impressed with the way Jonny Bairstow did the job behind the wickets.
“Though Ireland came out and showed grit and determination. Gives us a little insight into what we might have to do against Australia. It got flatter as it went on. Trying to take the game on in our own way allowed us to potentially bowl them out without batting again. Ireland had to get a really good score to put us under pressure,” said Ben Stokes.
“Good test and credit to Ireland today. [Bairstow and Tongue] Jonny came back in and did a tidy job behind the stumps. Good to get back out into the arena. Tongue came in and performed really well, he’d performed that third seamer role and showed how versatile he can be. Something we’re looking for in a seam bowler,” he added.
I bowled this morning and so nothing to worry about- Ben Stokes on his knee issues
Ben Stokes said that his job is to guide the new players. Ben Stokes said that there is nothing to worry about his knee problem and added that he bowled before the start of the match in the nets. Ben Stokes was quite excited for the Ashes 2023.
“Keep it simple for everyone. Explain the role [to new guys], do what you do and don’t worry about the rest of the stuff. Pretty special getting a five-for for England at Lord’s,” said Ben Stokes.
“[Knee problem] No, didn’t pick it up, my weight went on the inside of my knee like it hyperextended. But I bowled this morning, so nothing to worry about. [Ashes] Not much more we can do,” he stated.
“The new way is you get as ready as you can,. get in the right frame of mind. Great to get back as a group, spending quality time together before the Ashes. Really looking forward to it,” he added.