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India vs England Test: England captain Ben Stokes preparing for the last test against India, India lead the Test series 3-1

Despite India leading 3-1 in the Test series, Stokes is eyeing a strong finish in the final Test.

England captain Ben Stokes
Stokes is set to face India in the final Test at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. (Photo Source: ICC)

Stokes optimistic despite defeat, Dharamshala aims to win

India vs England Test: England captain Ben Stokes is preparing for the final Test against India at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala, even though India lead the Test series 3-1. He has expressed hope that he is going to fight back and give a tough defeat to Team India.

Started the series for England with a rousing 28-run win in the first Test in Hyderabad. However, in the next three Test matches, the team had to face consistently brilliant play from the Indian team. Despite the series defeat, Stokes stressed the importance of approaching the final with the same intensity and determination.

Addressing the media ahead of the Dharamsala clash, Stokes maintained a positive outlook, saying, “Well, it’s like that every time we play. We want to win this week.” He stressed the importance of change while acknowledging the importance of sweat and training sessions in the nets.

Bairstow vows to give best performance in Dharamsala on 100th Test milestone

The England captain is undeterred by the outcome of the series and said in his statement that every opportunity to play for England is special. Despite the mental and physical challenges of the hectic schedule, Stokes promised to give his best till the last ball was bowled in Dharamshala.

Jonny Bairstow is going to play his 100th Test match in the final Test, which is an important achievement for any batsman. Despite the lackluster performance in the series, Stokes praised Bairstow’s dedication and stressed the emotional importance of the achievement for the player and his family.

Robinson praised for his resilience amid series setbacks

The performance of fast bowler Ollie Robinson, who suffered a back injury in Ranchi and could not take a wicket in his only match of the series, led to Stokes praising Robinson. Despite his physical struggles, Robinson showed his commitment to the team by scoring a half-century in the first innings.

Stokes acknowledged his frustration with Robinson, saying, “A lesser man would have thrown his hands up, walked away, and not even tried.” The support for the fast bowler underlines the camaraderie within the team, the spirit of never giving up shows a player’s passion for the game.

Despite the series failure, Stokes insisted that England had “grown massively” during the tour of India. He addressed the progress made in terms of fitness and attitude, emphasizing that progress is not always manifested in results alone.

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England captain Ben Stokes is eyeing a change in the team for the upcoming 5th Test

Looking to the future, Stokes hinted at possible changes to the team lineup considering factors such as player fitness, spin options and the need for development in the seam bowling department. The final Test in Dharamshala is an opportunity for the players to showcase their skills and stake a claim to be included in the upcoming series.

The HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala, set against the backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, becomes a center of attraction in the final Test. Regardless of the outcome of the series, the venue and the unique experience of meeting the Dalai Lama provide additional motivation for the England team to leave a lasting impression in the setting.

Stokes is committed to T20 World Cup and The Hundred

Stokes confirmed his availability for England’s T20 World Cup defense and expressed his intention to participate in The Hundred, demonstrating his continued commitment to representing England across a variety of formats.

While the cricket world is eagerly waiting for the fifth Test to be held in Dharamsala on Thursday, March 7, the Ben Stokes-led England team is preparing to deal with adverse conditions.

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