England made three changes to their line-up from the one that started at Lord’s, bringing in Woakes, Wood and Moeen Ali. We’ve got Woody and Woakesy back and they’ve done well. We are picking teams and looking at how they can affect us in the game. We’re trying to see how they can affect us in the game, Stokes said.
With Ollie Pope injured, Stokes and Co sent Harry Brook out at number three in the first innings – and it didn’t help. In the second innings they went adventurous and sent Moeen out at number 3. I think of Moe, he always wants to influence the game. He came up to Baz yesterday and said he wanted to go out at No. 3 and try his luck, Stokes said.
Talking about the game as a whole, the England skipper said: Another game in the balance. It was nice to get over the line and keep hope alive. Having won the toss, we could have bowled as well. It looked like a good wicket. I saw Mitch Marsh batting. He came into the game and took over. The pitch was fast.
Baz and I are just going with the flow. Great for both teams. The next game is very important. Everyone wants to see good cricket. This nine-day break will be good for the body. We love coming here and playing cricket for England, he added.