"Not interested in Playing for draw" - Ben Stokes reveals why he declared their 2nd inning very early
England, who came to play Test in Pakistan for the first time in 17 years, started the series with a bang and registered a tremendous victory on the basis of their brilliant game.
Pakistani batsmen tried their best to save the match but Stokes did not let his team's morale fall and shortly before the end of the match, England won by taking the last wicket of the hosts. The England Test captain listed some key points of his team's win and also revealed his and his team don't play for a draw mentality.
Ben Stokes said that some of the things they cannot plan for are what happened with the team before the Test. It seems a long time ago when they were running around finding players for Tests. "Jacks got the message to play three minutes before the toss and Pope got the responsibility of keeping. We have played 8-9 matches under the leadership of myself and Brendon."
"One thing we try to do is focus on ourselves and not the opposition. We know that we are a very exciting team. The batting pitch was great so it was an opportunity for our batting group. What the boys did today was amazing. Really special group of players. We wanted to come here to Pakistan and take forward our mantra of exciting cricket," added Stokes.
The English captain further said, "I am not interested in playing the draw, the dressing room is not interested in playing the draw. On such a wicket, one felt that the batsmen were almost tempted to play aggressive shots. Today we were lucky to have reverse swing. Brilliant performances from James Anderson and Ollie Robinson today. We probably won about 8 minutes before the end of the match. It is perhaps one of England's greatest overseas victories."