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VIDEO: Stokes reflects on a hard day in the field for England

By mikebakerwmn  |  Posted: December 06, 2013


England's Ben Stokes (right) celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Brad Haddin (right) before the decision was overturned for a no ball PICTURE: PA

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Ben Stokes is adamant England can get back into the second Ashes Test after Australia completely dominated day two at Adelaide.

Michael Clarke (148) scored his seventh Ashes hundred, in a double-century stand with Brad Haddin (118), to power the hosts to 570 for nine.

Clarke’s opposite number Alastair Cook then had no answer to the extreme pace of Mitchell Johnson, losing his off-stump to a 92mph thunderbolt, as England reached 35 for one at the close.

That leaves the tourists with an uphill battle just to stay in the game with relative rookies Michael Carberry and Joe Root at the crease but Stokes, himself making his Test debut, has confidence in the batting line-up.

England were left toiling in the field as Australia piled on the runs but Stokes had a personal highlight as he dismissed Clarke to claim his first Test wicket.

The Australia captain chipped the first delivery of a new spell to midwicket off a leading edge to end an exemplary, near six-hour innings having hit 17 fours from 245 balls.

But Stokes, who also thought he had dismissed Haddin only to see his delivery declared a no-ball, gave credit to the notoriously flat Adelaide deck for his notable scalp.

“I think it was the pitch,” he said.

“A very special moment. Something that I’ll never forget, it’s my first Test wicket and a very proud moment.

“We had plans as a bowling unit which was to bowl pretty straight. The pitch wasn’t really doing much so we just had to hang in there and pile on as much pressure as we could.

“The wickets did come. They weren’t very often but the way we bowled I think we created quite a lot of pressure.”

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