Captain Ben Stokes says England can start a “huge summer” with a series victory over South Africa in the final Test at The Oval. England has won five out of six Tests under Stokes and new coach Brendon McCullum.
Only once before have they won six or more Tests in a domestic summer – seven under Michael Vaughan in 2004.
“Even if you take away the results, the way we played the game has been the most satisfying,” Stokes said.
“We’ve changed the way England’s Test cricket is viewed. We’ve captured the imaginations of cricket fans that have been around for years, and I feel like we’ve got some new fans. shall be.”
England beat New Zealand 3-0 in June, then won the rescheduled fifth Test against India.
They were beaten by South Africa by an innings inside three days at Lord’s but overturned that result to win the second Test at Old Trafford by an innings.
All-rounder Stokes told BBC Sports that both teams want to win the series in the final match of the summer, which will provide a winning mentality for both sides.
“All situations will boil down to how the two sides can win, which is good for the game.”
Stokes confirmed that Yorkshire batsman Harry Brook, 23, will make his Test debut in place of Jonny Bairstow, who could miss the rest of the year after breaking his leg with a slip while playing golf on Friday.
“I’m really excited for Jonny this summer and the T20 World Cup coming up,” Stokes said.
“It’s really unfortunate timing but he can be really proud of what he’s achieved this summer.
Yorkshire’s Brooke, who has played four T20s for England, has been in every Test squad this summer without playing a game.
The right-hander averages 36 in first-class cricket and scored 140 for England Lions against South Africa in the Test series warm-up match.
Stokes said that hopefully he could take the opportunity with both hands and put more pressure on the batting line-up.
“The way he goes about things is exactly what we want in this middle-order. Jonny has set the tone, the style, and the style in which the middle-order likes to play. Positively, Harry has developed his skills. wants to reveal.”
Asked about Brooke’s innings in the Lions game, South Africa captain Dean Elgar said: “It’s Test cricket, it’s the big league now.
“You can bat like that in a four-day game or a county championship game, but in Test cricket, there are many things that can stop you – the cameras or the crowd.”
South Africa is without Rassie van der Dusen after the batsman broke his finger in the second Test. Ryan Rickelton came into the team to win his third cap.
Elgar said the Proteas would make “one or two” other changes from their side, but the situation is complicated by the wet weather forecast.
“There’s definitely going to be a winner here,” Elgar said. “This is the World Cup final for us.”
Stokes also said that England is ready to change their strategy if the rain reduces their time to produce results.
“With the weather, if we lose a few days, I know what I’m going to try to do,” he said.
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