- Stokes is fourth captain to lose Test after enforcing follow-on
- England captain to play in IPL despite struggles with knee injury
Ben Stokes was unrepentant after England’s historic, nail-biting one‑run defeat by New Zealand in Wellington, insisting he had no regrets about the follow-on and saying he would plough on to the Indian Premier League despite a longstanding knee injury.
The all-rounder became only the fourth Test captain after the Australians John Blackham (1894), Kim Hughes (1981) and Steve Waugh (2001) to stick his opponents back in after their first innings and end up on the losing side. England, set 258 to win, were bowled out for 256 on the final day to see the series drawn at one apiece.
Written by Ali Martin at the Basin Reserve
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/feb/28/ben-stokes-defends-follow-on-call-test-cricket-defeat under the title “‘It was the right decision’: Ben Stokes defends follow-on call after Test defeat”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.