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Ashes: Ben Stokes still looking to improve as England aim to avoid whitewash

Ben Stokes: Notched a ton but wants more

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Ben Stokes insists his batting can still improve with experience after notching his first England hundred in the third Ashes Test.

The Durham all-rounder hit 120 in the second innings at Perth as Alastair Cook's side were defeated to lose the Ashes.

The 22-year-old is not resting on his laurels, though, believing he can still improve as the tourists look to prevent a series whitewash in the final two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney, which will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Stokes said: "I'd like to be the genuine all-rounder I guess. At the moment, the last two years, my bowling's come on a hell of a lot.

Stokes keen to improve

"Batting, there's just that consistency that hasn't been there but hopefully with experience and time out in the middle everything will come together.

"I think I've got to try and separate it (the batting and bowling disciplines) because as an all-rounder you do both.


"But whenever I get given the ball or I've got the bat in my hand, I still go out there and try and do my best and try and win a game for England.

"It's always nice (being an all-rounder) because you're always going to be in the game.

"There's four innings so I get to play a decent role in all four of that which is always useful because if you have a bad day with one you can always have a good day with the other."

He denied it would be a challenge for the England squad to re-motivate themselves for the next Test now that the Ashes have been lost.

"No I don't think so. There's still a lot to play for - personal pride and playing in front of a 100,000 at the MCG on Boxing Day, I don't think that will take much getting up for," he said.

"It's going to be pretty special for everyone but we'll still be going out there, trying to win these last two Test matches."