Stokes happy to take more responsibility
After taking five wickets in Australia's second innings in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, England allrounder Ben Stokes says he wanted to take more responsibility with the ball because of the absence of seamer James Anderson.
Anderson, who is England's all-time leading wicket-taker with more than 400 in Test cricket, had to sit out the current Test against the Aussies as he had picked up a side strain in the third Test at Edgbaston.
He was not really missed though as Stuart Broad took eight wickets to skittle Australia out for just 60 on the first day in Nottingham. With England declaring on 391 for nine, a lead of 331, Stokes stepped up with the ball on the second day.
He recorded figures of five for 35 in 16 overs as the Aussies were reduced to 241 for seven, still 90 runs behind England with three wickets in hand, before the players came off the field for bad light.
The right-arm seamer is determined to not let his team bat again as he wants to win the match by an innings to wrap up the match and regain the urn
Stokes told Sky Sports: "We're a bowler down with Jimmy so there was more responsibility put on all of our shoulders. Obviously Broady put his hand up and bowled fantastically well in the first innings and we had to back him up.
"We couldn't all rely on him in this innings but everyone has put their hand up and done well. It's unfortunate that we had to come off for bad light but we're in an unbelievable position here.
"We need three wickets and they need 90 to make us run again but the most crucial thing is that we go out tomorrow and make sure we don't have to get the pads on because their tail end wagged a bit of Edgbaston so hopefully we can just knock them over and get the game over and done."
England lead the Ashes series two-one after the first three matches.
England news: Injury-hit Jofra Archer back for first time in nearly a year
Archer is still some way off a return after heading to his native Barbados following a second operation on a longstanding elbow complaint last month.
South Africa vs India: Quinton de Kock will be welcomed ‘with open arms’
Quinton de Kock will be welcomed with open arms in the South Africa squad to face India in a limited-overs series.
Nat Sciver: England ‘a bit more calm’ now after ‘tricky’ start to Australia tour
The multi-format Women’s Ashes series is set to get under way on Thursday with the first of three T20 internationals.
David Payne feels England T20 call-up provides opportunity to realise Test dream
The tall left-armer is still awaiting his first international cap and turns 31 next month.
Here’s who should be in the England XI for the first Ashes Test of 2023
Following the latest Ashes humiliation, Matt Whiley selects an England Test team that we can finally be proud of.
Australia tour to Pakistan: Pace attack could be boosted
Australia are likely to include a raft of pace bowlers in their squad for the scheduled tour to Pakistan in March.
South Africa vs India: Keegan Petersen still coming to terms with stardom
New South Africa batting star Keegan Petersen has not quite gotten his head around his newfound fame.
Ashes reaction: Kevin Pietersen backs Joe Root and coach Chris Silverwood
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has backed current captain Joe Root and coach Chris Silverwood to remain in charge of the team.
England Test team: ECB investigating after police called to Ashes drinks following Hobart Test
Players and staff from both the Australian and English teams were at the event.
Rassie van der Dussen relished India banter in tough Test series
The series between South Africa and India rode on a knife-edge.