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“There is a lot of talent in the batting line-up and we know we have the skills to do it”
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has admitted that the national team have to “put on a big score” if they are to have any chance of staying alive in the second Test in Adelaide.
Stokes’ comments come after Australia captain Michael Clarke and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin both scored centuries to lead the baggy greens to a mammoth first innings total of 570/9 before they declared.
England are already in trouble heading into the third day as skipper Alastair Cook was clean bowled by left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson just before play ended yesterday.
“It has been a pretty tough two days but it has been nice to eventually get off the pitch and concentrate on what we need to do with the bat,” Stokes told Sky Sports. “We have now got to go out there and do what we can do. There is a lot of talent in the batting line-up and we know we have the skills to do it and put on a big score ourselves.
“The pitch hasn’t really broken up the way we thought with it being so dry. It is still a very good batting wicket and hopefully we can capitalise on it.”
Speaking about his first Test wicket, which came when Clarke got a leading edge to James Anderson at midwicket, Stokes stated that it is “something I will never forget”.
“It was the pitch to be honest,” he said. “It was a very special moment and something I will never forget.
“It is my first Test wicket so it is a very proud moment.”
Stokes also blamed the drop-in pitch instead of England’s bowling attack for Australia’s massive first innings score.
“We have plans as a bowling unit and that is to bowl pretty straight,” he said. “The pitch isn’t really doing much so we had to hang in there and pile on as much pressure as we could. The wickets came, if not very often, but the way we bowled created pressure.”