LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Ben Stokes of England celebrates taking the wicket of Kagiso Rabada of South Africa with teammates during Day Four of the Third LV= Insurance Test Match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval on September 11, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for Surrey CCC)

Ben Stokes’ audacious declaration against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui and England’s aggressive batting strategy help the visitors score almost 300 runs in 59 overs before the bowlers shine under the lights.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Ben Stokes of England celebrates taking the wicket of Kagiso Rabada of South Africa with teammates during Day Four of the Third LV= Insurance Test Match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval on September 11, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for Surrey CCC)

Stop with the Bazball nonsense. England is participating in a game of Benball.

Brendon McCullum, the team’s head coach, may have brought the humour, but captain Ben Stokes has brought the fierce drive for success. The captain is the key player in this fantastic Test turnaround.

It is because of the mindset he has imparted on his side that England are able to pound 325 inside 59 overs on day one of a Test. It is because of his bold declaration, and then his bowler’s accuracy, that they now find themselves firmly in control of that Test with New Zealand flailing on 37-3 in reply in the series opener.

At Mount Maunganui, Stokes declared his team out after just 58.2 overs, the second-earliest first-innings declaration in Test history. Some people might have been surprised by it, but in actuality, it was just so Ben Stokes. both aggressive and intelligent.

What is the worst moment to bat on a pitch that appears flat against a ball that isn’t doing much? in the illumination. And New Zealand received just that destiny.

The Black Caps lost their best player, Kane Williamson, as well as Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls in a difficult 18-over barrage from James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, and Stuart Broad, proving that Stokes made a wise decision. If Devon Conway hadn’t been dropped by Zak Crawley in the slip cordon, there would have been four.

English player Harry Brook said: “Try to expose their top order to it as that is the best moment to bowl under these lights because you can get the most swing and seam out of it. Even though we have three of the best bowlers to ever play the game, this is the most difficult moment to bat. No doubt, it was profitable.”

In the Tests they played together, that famous Australian team took 1,001 wickets, which is a record for the world.

After Anderson’s simultaneous strikes on Williamson and Nicholls on Thursday brought the England duo to 999, Anderson and Broad are only three away from surpassing that.

Anderson was able to secure the most recent two thanks in large part to Stokes’ audacious declaration, but Anderson and Broad have taken that many in tandem thanks to their persistent talent.

brave with a bat. with the ball, bold. bold in their declaration. Benball is this.

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