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England v New Zealand: Ben Stokes urges his side to go even harder at tourists at Trent Bridge

England may have shown more attacking intent in what turned out to be an exciting first Test than in much of the last difficult 18 months, but we clearly haven’t seen anything yet.

Ben Stokes wants that welcome, thrilling win at Lord’s to be just the start of what looks like a piggyback ride to the top of the test world.

The new England captain had positivity personified at Trent Bridge on Thursday as he urged his team to push even harder in New Zealand as they pursue a second Test win that would give them their first series win in 18 months.

Ben Stokes wants that welcome exciting win at Lord's to be just the beginning for England

Ben Stokes wants that welcome exciting win at Lord’s to be just the beginning for England

He urged his team to push even harder in New Zealand as they pursue a second test win

He urged his team to push even harder in New Zealand as they pursue a second test win

There was also a nod to the success of Eoin Morgan’s reign as England white-ball captain, while Stokes pledged to support his team through the highs and near-inevitable lows of this intriguing journey, as long as they play like him and Brendon McCullum to demand .

“My message to everyone is to look even more positive than last week,” Stokes said ahead of Friday’s second test. “Let’s just always try to be better.

“And something I learned from Morgs is that he always wants to be positive in defeat or victory. I don’t know how to make positive more positive, but I think you get what I mean!’

It’s an enticing high-octane prospect, but it’s also fraught with danger. For example, there’s a fine line between positivity and the seemingly reckless way Jonny Bairstow played in both innings after going out of the IPL in Lord’s straight.

The new England captain was personified at Trent Bridge on Thursday

The new England captain was personified at Trent Bridge on Thursday

Stokes pledged to support his team through the highs and lows as long as they play as he and Brendon McCullum demand

Stokes pledged to support his team through the highs and lows as long as they play as he and Brendon McCullum demand

And the first Test under new management would have been a very different story if Stokes himself had been fired for one in the second innings blaming Colin de Grandhomme rather than being delayed by a no-ball.

Stokes clearly believes that fortune will favor the brave. “Those 10 or 15 minutes Jonny spent there in the second innings put New Zealand behind,” he said. “He only scored 16, but if we had had half an hour or 40 minutes of that, the game would have been taken from them.”

It was a tone set even in adversity when Jack Leach, who has returned to fitness after passing concussion tests and was named on an ‘unchanged’ team for his substitute Matt Parkinson on Thursday, furiously injured himself chasing a ball to the border on the first morning.

“Baz was kind enough to make a big point that Jack did that in the locker room at the end of the first day,” Stokes said. “I think that seeped through the team all week, just like everyone was flying across the field and determined to stop every possible run.”

There's a fine line between positivity and the seemingly reckless way Jonny Bairstow played

There’s a fine line between positivity and the seemingly reckless way Jonny Bairstow played

Jack Leach infuriated himself chasing a ball to the border on the first morning

Jack Leach infuriated himself chasing a ball to the border on the first morning

The new mood was evident in the lead up to this test, with McCullum straining to bring a plethora of smiles into practice. Wednesday saw the bizarre spectacle of England coaching staff donning helmets and then heading tennis balls for players to catch in the name of team bonding, while Thursday brought a football penalty shoot-out in which coach James Foster excelled at goal much more than his polar opposite number. McCullum. “I told him I could see why he gave up the gloves,” Stokes smiled.

“Everyone seems to be enjoying every moment, be it in training or on the pitch,” he added. “I think everyone should enjoy representing England first and foremost and then the results will take care of themselves.”

The serious point now is that England are looking for their first win in what is considered a fortress to them since that heady win over Australia in 2015.

Then, as at Lord’s, Stuart Broad, with one of the great bowling spells, and Joe Root, with a first-class century, were central to England’s victory.

Thursday's practice brought a football penalty shoot-out with loving coach James Foster

Thursday’s practice brought a football penalty shoot-out with loving coach James Foster

That team’s hat-trick on day three last week, orchestrated by Broad, was hardly comparable to his eight for 15 here seven years ago.

But his return with Jimmy Anderson was a successful one for England and Stokes is again hoping for something special from Broad in what could be, without Ashes’ game at Trent Bridge next year, his final home test.

“Broady did say he felt some of it when he made those crazy runs at Lord’s and throughout his career,” Stokes said. “He’s had some great spells and that’s another one to add to his collection. We said if he does that here, Trent Bridge would be rocking for about 45 minutes. Unfortunately, Lord soon calmed down again.’

Stokes hopes for something special from Stuart Broad in what could be his final home test

Stokes hopes for something special from Stuart Broad in what could be his final home test

But the undisputed star of the first Test was Carrot in his first Test after he stepped down as captain and produced one of the greatest of his 26 centuries before speaking of how leadership had consumed him and damaged his health.

“I did the whole ride with Joe,” Stokes said. “The England captaincy is about more than what you do on the pitch and we had some private conversations about all those things.

“Now, without the added pressure of being captain, it’s like he’s 18 again and I’m pretty sure it won’t be long before he’s knocking people’s socks off again. It’s great to see how he is and all he’s always done is score points.” And if Root scores again this week, the white knuckle ride will take another upward turn.

The undisputed star of the first test was Joe Root in his first test after stepping down as captain

The undisputed star of the first test was Joe Root in his first test after stepping down as captain

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