Ben Stokes makes feelings clear on six players after India thump England in final Test match of the series

Ben Stokes makes feelings clear on six players after India thump England in final Test match of the series

WATCH NOW: Sports round-up as Ben Stokes discusses England's Test match defeat to India

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 09/03/2024

- 09:36

The hosts won the series 4-1 and cruised to victory in the final match of the series

Ben Stokes has praised six players despite India dispatching England to win their Test series 4-1.

The hosts won the fifth and final Test by an innings and 64 runs, with the tourists struggling to pose a threat.

Stokes has now been asked about the defeat, with England's Bazball style failing to pay off throughout the series.

But the 32-year-old has opted to focus on the positives, hailing Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Shoaib Bashir, Tom Hartley, Joe Root and James Anderson for the way they performed.

Ben Stokes England India

Ben Stokes has opened up after England lost the fifth and final Test match to India on Saturday morning


"There's been quite a few. Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley have formed a formidable partnership at the top and that is only going to get stronger and stronger for us," he told TNT Sports when asked what positives he can take.

"Shoaib Bashir and Tom Hartley have shown us what they're about and we've found two quality players there for the future.

"Bash has been very sick at the start of this Test match but he's come away with another five-wicket haul and Tom has been exceptional throughout the whole series.

"Joe Root has found some form, so that's exciting for us going into the summer and from a personal point of view it was so great to be back out there and able to bowl again."

On Anderson, who took his 700th Test wicket, he added: "Just amazing, amazing to be there with him.

"I've been there for quite a few of his milestones but 700 wickets as a seamer is phenomenal.

"Every young kid out there who wants to be a fast bowler should be looking up to him and trying to emulate everything that he does.

"He's 41 years old but as fit as I've ever seen him.

"I don't know when he's going to stop because he's still got so much desire and commitment and it's great to watch."

Stokes does admit England were outplayed during the series, but insists he isn't worried about the team's consistency.

"Now it's come to an end - obviously I didn't say too much while it was ongoing - we are man enough and big enough to accept that we have been outplayed by the better team since the first Test," he admitted.

"But as well, with me and who I am and how I look at things, we are going to take the positives from this series with the amount of cricket that we have got coming up and I'm really looking forward to drive this team even further forward.

"No I wouldn't say it [the team's consistency] worried me.

"When you look at the game and the series as a whole, there have been moments where we have wrestled the momentum back in our favour but we just haven't been able to maintain that.

"In Test match cricket, especially out here where the game can change so quickly, it's about understanding those moments and being a bit more relentless with it.


Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes has admitted England were 'outplayed' by India during their Test series


"We're all here playing cricket at the highest level so we all know that's where it went wrong for us on more than one occasion."

India skipper Rohit Sharma has also spoken out.

And he admitted he was delighted with the way his side performed throughout the series.

"There were a lot of things [that pleased me]," he said.

"To win a Test series, a lot of things have to fall into place and go right and our players did that, and that's why we are standing here with this series result."

James Anderson

Ben Stokes has hailed James Anderson after the England star took his 700th wicket in India defeat


When quizzed on his bowlers, he added: "There is so much talk about scoring runs and having runs on the board but there is just as much value in taking 20 wickets to win a Test match.

"We came pretty close in Hyderabad but the next four, how all the bowlers responded and took the responsibility was so pleasing to me.

"Everyone who got the ball in their hand wanted to make a difference.

"Kuldeep [Yadav] and I have had a lot of conversations, we have always known his potential and that he is a match-winner on his day.

"He has got something about him that we are all very happy about.

"He had a nasty knee injury and he has come back, worked so hard but he'll be very pleased with his batting in the series too!"

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