Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon take 55 consecutive ninth wickets as Australia beat England in epic Edgbaston match, 18 years on from another Ashes classic; Ben Stokes vs. Tactic “no regrets”; The second Test will be live on Sky Sports at Lord’s on June 28
23:13, UK, Tuesday 20 June 2023
Ben Stokes says he has “no regrets” about England’s aggressive strategy after his side were beaten by two wickets on the final day of the opening Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston.
The questions came after Stokes’ decision was announced 398-8 on the opening day. However, England stuck to their fun but risky style of play and dragged the game down to the finish line.
The hosts appeared to have victory on day five when Ben Stokes sacked Usman Khawaja, who had 65 off 197 balls in the first innings, before Joe Root caught And knocked out Alex Carey (20 balls) to leave Australia 227-8.
However, Pat Cummins (No. 44) and Nathan Lyon (No. 16) combined for 55 points to complete a gripping chase of 281 points for a historic victory.
Despite such dramatic circumstances, Stokes believes the defeat actually reinforced the notion that England can succeed with this type of attack against Australia.
Stokes said: “I’m very proud. Bringing it to the end of day five like that and having all the emotions.”
“It’s been a roller coaster, up and down. It’s another race we’ll never forget being a part of.
“We just want to be part of some great moments. Hopefully we’ve managed to attract attention.
“A loss is a loss. We stand by the way we operate. We will continue to come to Australia the way we have been.
“I see (the statement) as an opportunity to pounce on Australia. No one likes to go out for 20 minutes at the end of the day.
“Scoring 390 and then being able to declare sends a message to Australia about how we want to deal with them.
“If we hadn’t announced, would we have been as excited as we were at the end? I’m not 100 percent sure, but I’m not going to look back at the game like hypothetical. We just didn’t get to cross the line.
“I mean, look, you’ve played cricket for five days. There’s so much to look back on, you know, maybe 20 separate moments where you can say, ‘Oh, if that happened, if that The way we are, will this game be different? But, you know, I don’t like watching stuff like that.
“We’ve managed against Australia and been in control for most of the time, which cost us more damage but with four games left.”
The makeup of England’s bowling attack will be reviewed at Lords in just eight days between the end of the first Test and the start of the second, but Stokes was noncommittal about the changes.
Stokes, who has been concerned about a long-term left knee injury, was content to finish 14 times over the course of the Test, although Moeen Ali was blistered with finger spin during his Test recall, limiting his impact on Tuesday.
“I think seven days is enough time for everyone to get a good rest,” he added. “We will meet again in three or four days and we will assess how everyone is going.
“But I put my body through more than last year, which is a good sign for myself and a boost to my confidence.
“Knowing we have four more games to go gives me a huge boost.”
man’s ashes The second of five tests continues at Lord’s on Wednesday 28 June.Build starts with Sky Sports Cricket 10am, before the first ball at 11am.
But before that, women’s ashes Five days of testing at Trent Bridge from Thursday.we live in Sky Sports Cricket Starts at 10am with first ball at 11am.
Women’s Ashes schedule (all matches live sky sports)
- Test match (Trent Bridge) – Thursday 22 June – Monday 26 June (starts at 11am)
- First T20 International (Edgbaston) – Saturday, July 1 (starts at 6:35pm)
- Second T20 International (Kia Oval) – Wednesday 5 July (starts at 6:35)
- The 3rd T20 International Competition (Lord’s)—— Saturday 8 July (starts at 6.35pm)
- First International Day TripLift (Unique Stadium, Bristol) – Wednesday 12 July (starts at 1pm)
- Second International Day TripLift (Time Bowl) – Sunday 16 July (starts at 11am)
- The third international day trip (Taunton) – Tuesday 18 July (starts at 1pm)
How does the scoring system for the Women’s Ashes match work?
The winner of a Test match gets four points, and in the event of a tie the teams get two points each. Two points will be awarded for each white-ball match win, and one point each for a tie or no result.