Ben Stokes has confirmed he will return to No.6 in the batting order as he seeks to make the England Test team 'great again' |  Cricket News

Ben Stokes has confirmed he will return to No.6 in the batting order as he seeks to make the England Test team ‘great again’ | Cricket News


Batting No 6 is ‘best for the team’; Newly appointed England captain Ben Stokes confirmed he would return to sixth in the international duty batting order; he came on to bat at No. 5 but believes the move will improve the team as they look to get back to winning ways

Last update: 05/22/03 5:57 p.m.

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As Ben Stokes reveals he will return to No.6 in England’s batting line-up, look back at one of his most memorable runs in the role when he netted 258 against South Africa in 2016.

As Ben Stokes reveals he will return to No.6 in England’s batting line-up, look back at one of his most memorable runs in the role when he netted 258 against South Africa in 2016.

Newly appointed England captain Ben Stokes has revealed he will return to No.6 in the batting order in a move he believes will only help the team.

Opening up on plans for his new role, Stokes believes returning to No 6, rather than hitting No 5 in recent testing, will maximize his overall performance as he tries to end the dip in form from England.

“I’m going back to No 6. I know I’m at my best for England when I play both roles [batting and bowling] as much as the other,” Stokes said.

“I think coming back to number 6 is going to allow me to focus on those roles as much as the other, rather than taking care of one while I do the other. I think it’s better for the team.”

New England Test captain Ben Stokes reveals his plans for Joe Root, James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

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New England Test captain Ben Stokes reveals his plans for Joe Root, James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

New England Test captain Ben Stokes reveals his plans for Joe Root, James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

After confirming his rise in the batting order, Stokes expects to make more big calls as England skipper and the contribution of other senior voices will be invaluable, especially when rotating his bowling attack. .

However, after captaining England against West Indies in 2020, the 30-year-old believes he learned how to make sure his team-mate’s opinions are heard.

He said: “It’s something I’m going to have to focus on. I have great senior players around me and it would be stupid of me not to include them, especially in decisions on the pitch.

Stokes batting averages: No 5 vs No 6

matches Sleeves Races Medium 100s
No. 5 hitter 31 49 1859 39.55 5
No. 6 hitter 46 76 2741 36.44 6

“It’s something I thought I did very well in the test match against the West Indies. I asked Jos [Buttler] a lot about me personally and what he was thinking.

“When you think about doing something yourself, you might not think of it like someone else.

“Jos has told me many times that you should come here. This is an example of me using seniority around me to help me.

“But I’ve always followed my instincts, which has served me quite well and I will continue to do so as captain.

“Not just about myself, but in decisions about who I bring bowling. I’m going to make sure other players’ voices feel valued and use the other players around me.

Ben Stokes shares his thoughts on how previously taking a mental health break could benefit his England captaincy and how he has changed through his experiences.

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Ben Stokes shares his thoughts on how previously taking a mental health break could benefit his England captaincy and how he has changed through his experiences.

Ben Stokes shares his thoughts on how previously taking a mental health break could benefit his England captaincy and how he has changed through his experiences.

“I don’t want it to be ‘Ben is in charge now, he’s the one to make any sort of decision’. I think a key part of being a leader is making sure everyone around you feel valued.”

Although positive about how he can help the team through his own contributions, Stokes is aware that the Test squad have a lot of work ahead of them to counter their recent poor form.

England’s recent struggles have been laid bare, especially for the Test team, who have only managed to win one of their last 17 games and make the Test team ‘brilliant again’ is one of Stokes’ biggest goals in his new role.

Reflecting on England’s struggles, he added: “To be completely realistic, winning one game in 17 is nowhere near enough for the people we have in our squad. We can look at that and go for it, there’s has only one to do, which is on the rise.

Former England bowler Graham Onions reveals what new England captain Ben Stokes looks like as a teammate and leader.

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Former England bowler Graham Onions reveals what new England captain Ben Stokes looks like as a teammate and leader.

Former England bowler Graham Onions reveals what new England captain Ben Stokes looks like as a teammate and leader.

“We haven’t been good enough. It’s not a dig for any individual because I was part of it. As a team we know we haven’t been good enough, we haven’t played at the level that we know we can.

“It’s about figuring this out and fixing it, but we have to understand that things aren’t going to happen overnight. I can’t expect this to click and all of a sudden we’re #1 in a year.

“I’m very excited to make the England test team great again. That’s one of my big goals.”

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