England have beaten New Zealand in the ongoing test series and are looking for a whitewash against the Kiwis. The England team looks like a revitalized side under the captaincy of Ben Stokes and the coaching of Brendon McCullum in red-ball cricket.
The Englishmen had only won 1 match in their previous 17 outings before this series. They have already won 2 matches in this series. Joe Root stepped down after England's poor show in Australia and West Indies and Ben Stokes took over.
Joe Root reached the milestone of completing 10,000 runs for his side and became only the second Englishman to reach the feat after Alastair Cook after scoring 115 runs in the first test. The second test was almost lost for England after they lost early wickets but a decimating knock from both Johnny Bairstow and Ben Stokes made sure that England triumphed and took their side over the line.
Ben Stokes wants his side to play like they have been playing for the past two weeks and told his players to play like they are in the entertainment business and not in the sporting business for the final match.
He said, "We want to walk away from the series-winning three-nil because it does sound better to 2-1. But, as I said upstairs to the lads before we started training today, the result will look after itself this week. Let’s carry on what we’ve been doing the last two weeks and try and think that we’re in the entertainment business, not the sporting business this week."
He also said, "What you saw last week on that day five is exactly what it was. For us, it was a matter of just chasing the runs down, not how many overs there were. At not one stage did we look at that. I think it was pretty clear by the fact we knocked them off in 16 overs in the last session. Me and Johnny just decided that was a time to put as much pressure back on them as we possibly could. And that’s what we’re doing this week.
“There will come a time, at some point this week, we [will] have to do it with the ball or the bat. So yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw something similar to what Jonny did last week, because I’m sure if any of our guys get in they’ll be looking to do something. Maybe not as good as what Jonny did last week, but something similar."