Ben Stokes promises to quickly put spanking behind him in South Africa; Brendon McCullum admits England have work to do | cricket news

Captain Ben Stokes and manager Brendon McCullum vowed to persist with England’s new swashbuckling batting style and aggressive bowling spells to test cricket despite suffering a heavy defeat in the first of a three Test series. against South Africa.

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Ben Stokes told Mel Jones that the defeat to South Africa at Lord's is not a wake-up call and has not dampened the confidence of his England team.

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Ben Stokes told Mel Jones that the defeat to South Africa at Lord’s is not a wake-up call and has not dampened the confidence of his England team.

Ben Stokes told Mel Jones that the defeat to South Africa at Lord’s is not a wake-up call and has not dampened the confidence of his England team.

Captain Ben Stokes dismissed the idea that England should back down from their zealous style of play following their 12-run, innings-smashing loss to South Africa at Lord’s.

Stokes’ men started their second inning 161 runs behind but couldn’t even carry the game into Friday’s afternoon session after a spectacular batting implosion as they were eliminated by 149.

There were some signs of the ‘Bazball’ aggressive batting approach that has helped England to four Test wins in a row before their latest collapse inside 40 overs to the Proteas.

Highlights from day three of the first test between England and South Africa at Lord's

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Highlights from day three of the first test between England and South Africa at Lord’s

Highlights from day three of the first test between England and South Africa at Lord’s

“This is not a wake-up call or anything like that, unfortunately we couldn’t execute the way we wanted to play this week and South Africa were better than us.”

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“Obviously we’re disappointed to lose, it would be foolish of me to say anything different,” Stokes said. sky sports.

“If we get too deep into this, one result in a three-game series, what we’re not doing is looking forward to what’s ahead of us. We’ve got two more games to recover from this and then hopefully I’ll look to take the series 2- 1”.

Stokes was also quick to dismiss the idea that England should look at their attacking style of play ahead of the second Test at Old Trafford next Thursday, saying: “Absolutely not. I look at captains before me, captains after me, always They are going to be criticized at certain times about the way they want to go out and play.

“I guess it’s an integral part of life. We know that when we perform to our capabilities we can go out there and put on some incredible performances, as everyone has seen in the four games before this one.”

“This is not a wake-up call or anything like that, just unfortunately we couldn’t play the way we wanted this week and South Africa were better than us.”

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He also downplayed the impact of England’s lack of top-class warm-up matches, adding: “I don’t think I want to use that situation as an excuse at all.

“We’ve all played a lot of cricket. Maybe there could be an opportunity to put a first-class game in there for the boys to go away and just get out on the pitch.”

Brendon McCullum doesn't panic after watching England suffer a tough loss to South Africa

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Brendon McCullum doesn’t panic after watching England suffer a tough loss to South Africa

Brendon McCullum doesn’t panic after watching England suffer a tough loss to South Africa

“Like we said at the beginning, you have to buckle up for the ride. It’s not nice at times like this, but we’ll come back stronger.”

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It was the first defeat suffered by England since the appointment of Brendon McCullum as head coach.

And McCullum admitted that England were “beaten by the best horse in the race”, saying: “I think South Africa played exceptionally well, used the conditions that were presented to them and deserved to win.”

“We’ve got a bit of work to do but you don’t go from being a good cricket team a few weeks ago to a bad team overnight so we’ll try to keep some of those positives and the good thing is we get a chance to come back in a few days”.

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Like Stokes, McCullum denied that England’s batsmen could have been too cavalier against a strong bowling line-up, saying: “I thought, if anything, maybe we were a bit timid.

“We want to be the best versions of ourselves. It’s not always going to work out. Like we said at the beginning, you have to buckle up for the ride. It’s not pretty at times like this, but we’ll come back stronger.” .”

McCullum also dismissed suggestions of overconfidence, saying, “I don’t think at any point we got ahead of ourselves. We were just outclassed.”

Watch the first day of the second LV= Insurance Test between England and South Africa, at Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports Cricket next Thursday. Coverage starts at 10 a.m. and the game starts at 11 a.m.

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