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The Ashes 2013-14: England will have no trouble ‘getting up’ for Boxing Day Test, says Ben Sokes

Ben Stokes earned a host of admirers after hitting a century under pressure in the third Ashes 2013-14 Test at Perth © Getty Images
Ben Stokes earned a host of admirers after hitting a century under pressure in the third Ashes 2013-14 Test at Perth © Getty Images

 

Sydney: Dec 20, 2013

 

England player Ben Stokes has said that his team will have no trouble ”getting up” for the fourth Ashes Test on Boxing Day at Melbourne, despite already having lost the urn.

 

Stokes, who was sent home in disgrace from Melbourne last year for partying indiscretions while on an England Lions tour, was the bright light for the visitors in Perth, hammering a maiden Test century in just his second Test match.

 

According to News.com.au, Stokes said that no player would battle for motivation despite the 3-0 series deficit as he believes there is still a lot to play for, including the personal pride of playing in front of 100,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), adding that they will have no problem in ”getting up” again.

 

However, Stokes admitted that the mood in the England camp had been understandably subdued after the match, although he added that it has already begun lifting for next Thursday’s match and beyond. Stokes, whose 120 in the second innings at the WACA Ground off just 195 balls under fierce pressure won him a host of admirers, also said that he has learnt a lot in his two Tests, despite being on the wrong end of the results.

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