Ashes: Ben Stokes wants England to pile on the runs against Australia

Last Updated: 03/01/14 7:46pm

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Ben Stokes hopes England can pile on the runs against Australia in the fifth Ashes Test on Saturday after seeing the hosts fight back on day one.

The first half of the day belonged to the tourists as they reduced Australia to 97-5, however, as they have done throughout the series, the home side recovered to post a decent total.

Brad Haddin and centurion Steve Smith put on a dominating a stand of 128 which helped Australia reach 326 despite Stokes' maiden five-wicket haul.

Durham all-rounder Stokes has made a fine start to his Test career with a hundred in Perth while he secured figures of 6-99 on day one at the SCG in Sydney.

England will begin day two on 8-1 following the loss of opener Michael Carberry for a duck, a wicket which Stokes says hurts Andy Flower's men.

"It has yeah, but there's still a lot more cricket to play in this game," Stokes told Sky Sports.

"Losing that wicket tonight wasn't ideal, but hopefully we can go out there tomorrow and put get runs on the board.

"They've bowled well all series. We've just got to try and combat whatever comes at us."


"Losing that wicket tonight wasn't ideal, but hopefully we can go out there tomorrow and put get runs on the board."
Ben Stokes

Stokes was the pick of England's bowlers on day one and he says the key to success on the Sydney wicket was aiming to bowl at the top of off-stump.

"The other pitches we've played on have been a bit flatter than this I think," he continued.

"There is a bit more in the wicket. So you look to try and bowl to the top of off.

"You didn't have to stray off that good line and length. The ball stayed in good condition which I think we tried to work on. With the ball staying shiny on one side there's always a chance of it to swing."

England seem to always have Australia's batsmen on the back foot early on before the hosts have recovered and set testing totals throughout the series.

Haddin has been one of England's chief tormentors and Stokes says the visitors have got to execute their plans if they are to be successful.

"Haddin just comes in and counter attacks. That's the way he's played the whole series, he's played really well. He's shown it again today, but we just need to keep sticking to our areas.

"We said top of off is the best ball on this pitch, but when a guy is coming at you like that, hitting you back over your head and stepping back in the crease and hitting you back over long-on... You think: 'is this the right way to go?' I think it is and you try not to stray too far away from that."

You can watch day two of the fifth and final Ashes Test tonight on Sky Sports 2HD, starting at 11pm

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