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“There is a bit more in the wicket”
After taking six wickets against Australia on the opening day of the fifth and final Test in Sydney, England all-rounder Ben Stokes has announced that the national team have to “get out there tomorrow and get runs on the board”.
Stokes also noted that losing opening batsman Michael Carberry right towards the end of the day “wasn’t ideal”.
“There’s still a lot more cricket to play in this game,” Stokes told Sky Sports. “Losing that wicket tonight wasn’t ideal, but hopefully we can go out there tomorrow and put get runs on the board.
“They’ve bowled well all series. We’ve just got to try and combat whatever comes at us.”
Stokes attributed his fantastic bowling figures to the fact that the wicket in Sydney was not as flat as the other pitches the national team have played on.
“The other pitches we’ve played on have been a bit flatter than this I think,” he said. “There is a bit more in the wicket. So you look to try and bowl to the top of off.
“You didn’t have to stray off that good line and length. The ball stayed in good condition which I think we tried to work on. With the ball staying shiny on one side there’s always a chance of it to swing.”
Stokes also admitted that Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been a thorn in England’s side for the entire series.
“Haddin just comes in and counter attacks,” Stokes said. “That’s the way he’s played the whole series, he’s played really well. He’s shown it again today, but we just need to keep sticking to our areas.
“We said top of off is the best ball on this pitch, but when a guy is coming at you like that, hitting you back over your head and stepping back in the crease and hitting you back over long-on…You think: ‘is this the right way to go?’ I think it is and you try not to stray too far away from that.”