Mark Stoneman    Getty Images
Mark Stoneman Getty Images

The ongoing 2017-18 Ashes has been devastating for England. Down 0-3, they have not only conceded the urn to Australia, but are also facing the threat of yet another whitewash However, one positive aspect for England amidst these miseries has been the rise of their opening batsman Mark Stoneman. The opener has already notched up 2 fifties in 6 innings. Stoneman is enjoying the experience and atmosphere of his maiden Ashes rubber. Speaking to Daily Mail, Stoneman spoke about his challenges, his performance and England avoiding a 0-5 whitewash.

The atmosphere is brilliant, albeit very one-sided

The general experience has despite the results been amazing. The atmosphere is brilliant, albeit very one-sided. They re not the nicest people when you re playing against them. It gives you a different take on the population when they ve got a few ales down their neck. It s been great to be a part of, it s just very disappointing about the results.

There have been times when I feel I ve belonged, but haven t made the scores

There have been times when I feel I ve belonged, but I haven t made the scores that are required in Test cricket Personally, it s been pretty disappointing because I ve made starts in a lot of innings.

I find that staying on top of the ball is hard work

I find that, against the new ball, with the extra pace and bounce in the wicket, that staying on top of the ball is hard work. And there are big fields, too. When they are men out in the deep, you re not going to clear them. If they re coming into their fourth and fifth spells, that might be the time to take them on [with the hook], but I ll probably just try and get my head out of the way better next time.

We have to stop 5-0

The Aussies are going to be coming at us looking for 5-0. So there s the first thing we ve got to stop. I don t think any Ashes cricket is going to be meaningless cricket. They re not going to be serving up half-volleys for fun because they re won the series, that s for sure, so we ve got to go out and play our best.