England to continue playing an aggressive brand of cricket in Test matches – Ben Stokes

Zak Crawley — an opener who, like Lees, is under pressure for his places after poor returns over the international summer — helped carried England over the line and was unbeaten on a 57-ball 69.

Ollie Pope was also there at the finish on 11 not out, but only after reverse paddle-sweeping fast bowler Marco Jansen into the grille of his helmet — prompting laughter from Stokes on the balcony of the England dressing room.

It was essentially a third straight three-day match in this series. Day 1 was washed out and Day 2 was called off as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

“This game, with it being shortened, our main goal was to make sure it ended in a result,” Stokes said. “We felt we owed it to ourselves, to the nation who have shown support towards us.

“We will always continue to play in a way we feel is going to entertain people.”

Stokes thanked the players and staff who have “bought into” the new approach.

“There’s a reason why we’ve gone out and been able to perform and have the confidence in each other to go and do that,” Stokes said. “That is something that’s very rare.”


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