Ben Stokes reveals David Warner’s jibes spurred his Ashes epic

Alex Hales and Ben Stokes

Alex Hales and Ben Stokes

This win helped England stage a comeback in the five-match series as the series came to life with a 1-1 scoreline.

"He just would not shut up for most of my time out there".

In an extract published in a daily publication, Stokes said that while he was batting in the second innings of the Headingley Test match, the Australians had resorted to their age-old tactics of sledging and David Warner, in particular, was trying to play mind games with him.

In his new book, "On Fire", Stokes said it was Warner, who ended up motivating him to save his team and prevent Australia from securing the urn. "I'm delighted for Ben to be reinstated as vice-captain and it doesn't really change a lot for me: I'm always willing to offer advice and I'm there if Joe wants to talk to me, as are a lot of other players in the team as well who aren't vice-captain. Truly. Not from him, though", he added.

"A couple of the Aussies were being quite chirpy, yet specifically David Warner appeared to have his heart set on upsetting me".

Stokes says winning back the Ashes in Australia in 2021-2022 is also a major goal and knows that to complete both objectives England must improve away from home.

"The changed man he was resolved he'd become, the one that barely said boo to a goose and even went similarly as guaranteeing he had been re-nicknamed "Humble" by his Australia teammates, had vanished".

"Probably his absence of sort in his new guise had persuaded him that he necessary to get the bull back?"

"Although he'd enjoyed a prolific World Cup campaign, he had struggled with the bat at the start of the Ashes and was perhaps turning to his old ways to try to get the best out of himself", Stokes wrote. The nice-guy act had done nothing for his runs column.

"I am very joyful in the intervening time being vice-captain, we have got an awesome chief in Joe".

However, going into this summer's Ashes, and with his stock in the side restored following a series of eye-catching performances, both in the field and in training, Stokes decided he had "nothing to lose" in sending a text message to the European Central Bank chief asking to be made Joe Root's deputy once again. The additional time passed, the more it prodded me on.

"So I've got no idea how I´d handle it if I did it but, as I say, it´s not an aspiration of mine".

"It [the England captaincy] is not an aspiration for me, currently", Stokes said in a subsequent interview with the Times "It's not something that I could ever say no to and it would be a great honour to be asked to do it, but right now it's not an aspiration".

"You often shake the palms of every member of the opposing staff at the conclude of a match". Warner finished with an average of just 9.5 from his 10 innings.

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