"Will come out with same aggressive mindset"- England skipper Ben Stokes issues warning to India ahead of rescheduled Test
After a 3-0 whitewash against New Zealand, the English team under the leadership of Ben Stokes and coaching of Brendon McCullum will look to replicate the same performance against India in the fifth and final rescheduled test match. Notably, the first four matches of the series were played last year.
The visitors are leading the series 2-1 with one match to play. However, it is looking like one of the most thrilling contests because of the way England is playing. They won all three matches against New Zealand while chasing 275+ runs in three games.
England also became the only team to chase a 275+ total on the trot in a three-match series. If England wins the match, they will level the series 2-2. In a media interaction ahead of the match on Monday, the English skipper shared his plan for the upcoming match against India on June 1.
He stated that this time the opposition will be completely different this time because India's players and bowling attack are not the same as New Zealand's. But England will go with the same intensity and approach as they showed against the Black Caps.
Stokes further said, "Trust me when I say this. We'll be coming out with exactly the same (aggressive) mindset, even though it's a different opposition. We've done well over these last three games and look to continue that against India on Friday,"
Stokes was not available for England in the last four matches of the series as he was on a break from cricket. On the other hand, after a horrible run in red-ball cricket, England finally broke through. The appointment of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum as captain and head coach has certainly brought intensity to the team.
Speaking of the series win over New Zealand, the skipper said that it was a special start and that his team had been phenomenal in those three games. He added that when he took the charge, the motive was to change the mindset.
The English skipper concluded that he was happy that the players adapted to it and that the result was there in front of us. He also credited McCullum and said that he has influnced the players in the right manner.