Ben Stokes defends the statement: The England cricket team had to face defeat in the first Test of the 2023 Ashes series. In this highly fluctuating test, the Australian team won by 2 wickets. After the defeat of England, his decision to declare the first day’s innings is being criticized from all sides. However, after the defeat at Edgbaston, Stokes defended his decision.
Even though Australia defeated England in the first Test of the Ashes series, the excitement of this match crossed all limits. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon gave Australia the victory with their batting. With this, the Kangaroos took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
England declared their first innings by scoring 393 runs. After this Australia had scored 386 runs in their first innings. In the second innings, England scored 273 runs and set a target of 281 runs in front of Australia, which the visiting team achieved by losing eight wickets in the last moments of the match.
I am not a captain with ifs and buts – Ben Stokes
After the defeat in the first Test, England captain Ben Stokes said in the press conference, “I will continue to take such decisions in the future. I am not a captain with ifs and buts. Even if there are 20 minutes left in the game and 398/6 I will decide to declare the innings. I will continue to play in the same fashion.”
The England captain further said, “We looked at the decision to declare the innings from the point of view of tightening the screws on the match. Nobody wants to bat in the last 20 minutes. Maybe we could have scored 40 extra runs or two in two balls. Wickets would have fallen. But I thought of attacking Usman Khawaja and David Warner. I have no regrets for declaring early.”