Ben Stokes, the England all-rounder who recently struck a hundred at The WACA in England’s 150-run defeat says that he shouldn’t get too carried away with the magnificent century because it could all go away from him before he even knows it.
Stokes will be all too aware that you may score century after century but the moment you stop concentrating, your downfall starts.
“You’ve got to keep your feet on the ground because it can all tumble down as fast as it’s came, I guess,” he said in a press conference.
“It’s now got to be about consistency, not just living off that one innings. Hopefully go out there in this next game and try and prove myself again.”
It was never easy for Stokes though because of the position that he came in, 121-4 to be exact.
From the position that he had to start, it really was a “Top Class” knock.
"It was just a challenge that you want. It was never going to be easy and it was good to put yourself out there against a really strong Australian attack on a fast wicket,” he added.
“It also gives you belief that you can do it. I wouldn’t say that I surprised myself. I think that was why I’m in the team, to get runs at number six.”
Disappointment still had to come running in at England and Stokes as well because even that hundred couldn’t save the loss that actually was almost inevitable. They are now 3-0 down in the Ashes and have relinquished the precious trophy.
“It was a mixed emotions day, I think that was, trying to deal with the fact that we haven’t retained the Ashes and at the same time trying to celebrate a personal landmark,” he said.
“It’s great to achieve these things, from a personal point of view. But everyone, including myself, is pretty gutted that we’ve lost these Ashes.
“It’ll be something that I’ll always look back on to score my first Test hundred in an Ashes series but I sent a tweet out to say ‘there’s no ‘I’ in team and I’d trade personal success for team success any day of the week’.
I think I would have sacrificed any personal success for the win on that day.”
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