Ben Stokes and company defeated New Zealand in Mount Maunganui with a commanding 267-run victory thanks to an excellent bowling performance by the English team. Ben Stokes, the captain of England, acknowledged his joy at being ‘in charge’ of the bowling attack, which is being spearheaded by the dangerous seam duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, as they have taken a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series.
In the last innings, the pace duo gutted the Kiwi batting order, limiting the team to just 126 runs. The BlackCaps quickly went from 63 for five to 126 all-out while chasing a massive 394 runs in the last innings, with Anderson and Broad picking up four wickets each. Stokes lavished praise on his team after a rollicking 267-run victory.appreciation for the bowling team and that he felt “fortunate” to be in charge.
“When Jimmy (James Anderson) and Broady (Stuart Broad) get that new ball talking like they did, it’s tough for anyone. I consider myself really fortunate to currently be in command of this bowling team. Yet, the goal of playing on the field is to take ten wickets, so that is what we must attempt to do. We have a philosophy that applies to both the ball and the bat. Taking 10 wickets is what matters, not how many runs they score, Stokes was reminded during the post-game presentation.
Ben Stokes performed brilliantly under the lights.
In the midst of the pursuit, Stokes addedthat the fast bowling unit made significant strides during the day/night Test’s twilight hours, when the pink ball offers greater help.
“Again another outstanding performance. We were certainly very clinical with the ball as well as the bat. If you take a look at our bowling approach, we did a good job of executing everything, especially with the pink ball under the lights. The opposition would always find it difficult to win with the bat when you have bowlers like Jimmy and Broad on your team, the captain continued.