After two disappointed performance in first two tests, Ben Stokes said that there is no change in batting approach of the team. England reached 231-4 on day one in third test, an improvement after being bowled out for 77, 246, 187 and 132 earlier in the tour.
“People will say ‘why couldn’t they have this discipline, why couldn’t they have this fight before’,” said Stokes.
“We’ve been trying to do the same things in the first two games.”
“We’ve gone about today the same way we’ve tried to in the first two Tests,” Stokes told the BBC Test Match Special podcast. “We haven’t just turned up and thought ‘let’s give it a go now’.”
Stokes was benefited with the rule change, after he dismissed on 52. Stokes left the field after being caught but on TV replays it was shown as ‘no ball’. By that time Stokes had reached the dressing room.
“I thought my day was over,” he said. “I got into the changing rooms and just sat there. I actually thought Jonny had got out first ball, that he was walking off and that was a no-ball.
“I’m lucky. I don’t take my kit off until 10 or 15 minutes after I’m out. Some people take their kit off right away. If that had happened, I don’t know what would have happened.
“I had to walk out there and forget it all. It was like I hadn’t been off the field. I was given a lifeline and tried not to throw it away.”
“In international cricket, with all the technology and cameras around, it shouldn’t take that long to get someone back out,” he added. “I’ve never walked off the field and then gone back in.
“I had to get back into the frame of mind I was in beforehand and distract myself from the funny side of it. The West Indians found it funny, which was probably the hardest thing to deal with. They were all laughing as I came back on.”
“I don’t think the pitch will get easier,” he said. “Hopefully me and Jos can continue this partnership and push on to 400.”