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“Whenever I get given the ball or I’ve got the bat in my hand, I still go out there and try and do my best and try and win a game for England”
Following his maiden Test century during the third Test against Australia in Perth, Ben Stokes has announced that he is determined to become England’s “genuine all-rounder”.
Stokes smashed a magnificent 120 on the final day of the third Test, but it was not enough as England lost the match by 150 runs and subsequently failed to retain the Ashes for the first time in five years.
“I’d like to be the genuine all-rounder I guess,” Stokes told Sky Sports. “At the moment, the last two years, my bowling’s come on a hell of a lot.
“Batting, there’s just that consistency that hasn’t been there but hopefully with experience and time out in the middle everything will come together.
“I think I’ve got to try and separate it (the batting and bowling disciplines) because as an all-rounder you do both.
“But whenever I get given the ball or I’ve got the bat in my hand, I still go out there and try and do my best and try and win a game for England.
“It’s always nice (being an all-rounder) because you’re always going to be in the game.
“There’s four innings so I get to play a decent role in all four of that which is always useful because if you have a bad day with one you can always have a good day with the other.”
Stokes was also quick to deny that England had lost all their motivation heading into the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
“No I don’t think so,” he said. “There’s still a lot to play for – personal pride and playing in front of a 100,000 at the MCG on Boxing Day, I don’t think that will take much getting up for.
“It’s going to be pretty special for everyone but we’ll still be going out there, trying to win these last two Test matches.”