Ben Stokes says England will stick to their aggressive tactics and play without fear

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Ben Stokes says England will continue to play fearlessly after criticizing their ‘reckless’ tactics by blowing India away in the second ODI to level the series.

  • Ben Stokes threw 10 sixes in an innings of 99 off just 52 balls in the second ODI
  • Bairstow turned into a tremendous century as the tourists drifted towards the 337 victory goal
  • England had been criticized for recklessly beating after the collapse in the first ODI

Ben Stokes insisted that England would continue to play fearlessly after he and Jonny Bairstow cut mincemeat of a massive Indian total to distribute the one-day series in Pune.

Stokes hit 10 sixes in an innings of 99 from just 52 balls, and Bairstow hit seven in his powerful 124 when the tourists knocked off a 337 target with six wickets and more than six overs in hand to set up Sunday’s decider .

It was the fifth highest successful car chase in England history, and it allowed them to continue after their collapse in the first game, when they were criticized for hitting recklessly after reaching a winning position.

English bstar Ben Stokes threw 10 sixes in an innings of 99 from just 52 balls

“The most pleasant thing for us is that as a team we have not deviated from our values,” said Stokes. ‘We were bitterly disappointed after the first ODI, but it was clear we were going out with the same intention.

‘To be honest, we are not afraid of totals. It had been easy to keep ourselves in check after the last game, but it was important to play like us. ‘

India’s captain Virat Kohli described England’s performance as ‘one of the most amazing batting you will see’. They blew us away during that Jonny and Ben Stokes partnership. We didn’t even have a chance. ‘

Jonny Bairstow scored a great century when England beat India by six wickets on Friday

Jonny Bairstow scored a great century when England beat India by six wickets on Friday

Jonny Bairstow scored a great century when England beat India by six wickets on Friday

For Jos Buttler, who was acting as captain while Eoin Morgan recovers from a hand injury, the result was justification for the style of play that first helped England win the 50-over World Cup two years ago.

“Some people talked about our way of doing things, and whether we should be smarter,” he said. “Of course we want to play smart cricket, but it is important to commit to our playing style when the circumstances are best.”

Bairstow, who hit 94 on Tuesday, now has 11 one-day international hundreds, placing him fourth on the English all-time list behind Joe Root (16), Morgan (13) and Marcus Trescothick (12). All 11 have come in 56 innings since he was moved up in 2017, he has since averaged 52 with a strike rate of 108, and he needed little to be reminded of his own stats.

“Of course you’d like to have the most ODI hundreds for England,” he said. ‘I am happy with those figures. But they don’t mean anything if you don’t keep converting them in the future. ‘

The duo shared a 175 partnership when they took the game away from Virat Kohli's men

The duo shared a 175 partnership when they took the game away from Virat Kohli's men

The duo shared a 175 partnership when they took the game away from Virat Kohli’s men

Talking about Kohli’s praise for England’s at bat, Bairstow replied, ‘I’ll take that. It’s very nice of him. He has been one of the best players in the world for a while now and I am happy to be able to hit the ball as I am right now. ‘

But he was less exuberant about a former Indian captain after Sunil Gavaskar suggested on TV during the Test series that Bairstow looked ‘uninterested’.

“I’m curious how that opinion could have come about, especially since there has been no correspondence or communication between me and him,” he said. ‘He’s more than welcome to call me, and I’ll talk to him about my will and want to do well in Test cricket, and the pleasure I get out of it. My phone is on. ‘

Kohli described England's performance as 'one of the most amazing hitters you'll see'

Kohli described England's performance as 'one of the most amazing hitters you'll see'

Kohli described England’s performance as ‘one of the most amazing hitters you’ll see’

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