Ben Stokes ‘frustrated’ and ‘disappointed’ after England are bowled out by India for just 205 despite batting first on what vice-captain insists ‘was definitely a 300 wicket’
- England need to win the fourth and final Test to avoid a series defeat in India
- But they only narrowly avoided being bowled out for less than 200 for a fifth innings in a row, despite having won the toss
- Ben Stokes, who top-scored with 55, admitted to his frustration
England vice-captain Ben Stokes admitted he was frustrated and disappointed after yet another tame batting display saw them hand the advantage to India in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad.
Off the back of four consecutive innings of below 200 in the series, England were bowled out for just 205 despite having won the toss and opted to bat first.
The pitch looks far better than the one used for the third Test, which produced the shortest match in post-War history, but eight wickets still fell to spin as Stokes top-scored with 55.
Ben Stokes chats with India captain Virat Kohli on day one of the fourth Test
‘We’re more than capable of scoring at least 300 on that pitch,’ Stokes said afterwards. ‘It’s frustrating, but we can’t dwell on it too much.’
He told Channel 4: ‘Overall it’s a much better wicket but looking back at the day, we’re disappointed not to still be batting because that was definitely a 300 wicket.
‘We ended up getting 205 so we’ve got to turn up tomorrow, bowl well and hopefully bowl them out for something close to what we got.’
Stokes showed aggression as he hit eight boundaries in his 55 – England’s top score
With Zak Crawley and Dan Lawrence both getting out attempt to play big shots, Stokes admitted that England were looking to attack more having been caught on the back foot in the last two Tests.
‘We just wanted to go forward and play on our terms,’ said Stokes, who hit two sixes and six fours. ‘The way Zak wanted to go about it was exactly what we spoke about.
‘But being 30 for three things had to be reassessed a bit and we tried to build some more partnerships to get up towards that 300. It looked like we were going to at one stage but unfortunately we couldn’t quite get there.’