“I personally felt I let the team down in the Ashes” – Ben Stokes

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has reached the top of the game but still, he sets high standards for him

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has reached the top of the game but still, he sets high standards for him. He wasn’t happy about his poor performance at the Ashes in Australia as the latter had retained the 2021 series with 4-0. Stokes was digging deeper, was rather hurt, while discussing the Ashes tour in Australia with the press in Antigua.

At first, he wasn’t included in the team, but after his second operation on his finger, he returned in April and was added to the team. Ben Stokes only contributed more than 50 runs twice while batting. With the ball, he only claimed four wickets at 75.50 in the three-and-a-half Tests. Overall, he notched 236 runs at 23.60.

In the first innings of the fourth Test, Ben Stokes scored 60 off 123 balls and in the second innings 66 runs, helping England draw the game in Sydney. These performances from a determined man who just never stops improving his game and is willing to do anything to uplift the team, left him feeling quite hurt. It was hard for him to sit down and reflect on the things that didn’t go well.

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Ben Stokes struggled for form

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes

“One of my reflections on the tour as a whole was, I personally felt that I let the team down, for more than just performances. I would have liked to be in better physical shape when I was in Australia.

“I never want to feel like that again because it was hard to take when you do sit down and reflect on things that don’t go quite well and Australia was one of them. I just wasn’t me. I wasn’t able to impact the game how I would like to or how I would normally do,” he added.

The 30-year-old then prioritize the important things for him. After introspecting, he found out the real format that got him really excited was Test cricket. He wasn’t compromising but was choosing those important matches to give his full attention. That’s why he pulled himself out of IPL to give his full energy to the Tests. “That was a big decision to come out of the IPL, to make sure that I was able to give everything I possibly could to this Test team going forward.”

England will take on West Indies with the first Test starting on March 8 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.

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