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    Despite the 4-1 series loss, Ben Stokes cautions against underestimating his team
Despite the 4-1 series loss, Ben Stokes cautions against underestimating his team
England's Ben Stokes in action. Getty Images

Despite the 4-1 series loss, Ben Stokes cautions against underestimating his team

Captain Ben Stokes warns against underestimating him or his England team despite their 4-1 series defeat in India.

England suffered an innings-and-64-run defeat in the final Test in Dharamsala due to a dismal batting display.

After winning the first Test, England lost four matches, resulting in their first series defeat under Stokes' captaincy.

Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum oversaw a significant improvement in England's fortunes when they assumed leadership in 2022. They inherited a team that had only won one of its previous 17 Tests but won 10 of their first 11 Tests as a duo.

Since then, however, England have lost seven of their last 12 matches and are winless in three series. Following a 1-1 draw in New Zealand, they achieved a one-off success against Ireland, drew 2-2 in the Ashes, and suffered a heavy loss most recently.

Stokes stated:

"Cricket is a tough game. It can eat you up, lead you astray, or make you a better player. We're very disappointed, but write this team off, write me off at your own peril."

England's aggressive style of play, especially during the successful home summer of 2022, was dubbed 'Bazball' after McCullum's nickname.

After bowling India out for 477 on the third morning in Dharamsala, England required 259 runs to force the home side to bat again.

But the tourists were all out for 113-6. Misplaced attempts at aggression cost them. Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, and Ben Foakes were all guilty of playing ugly strokes against off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who marked his 100th Test with 5-77.

Joe Root top-scored with 84 before being dismissed as England were bowled out for 195.

On Saturday morning, pace bowler James Anderson became the first pace bowler to take 700 Test wickets when he dismissed Kuldeep Yadav, 21 years after taking his first wicket on debut against Zimbabwe at Lord's.

Anderson is currently third on the all-time list of Test wicket-takers, eight wickets behind the great Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne.

Stokes made his return to Test cricket after undergoing surgery on his left knee. He bowled his first delivery in 251 days and dismissed Rohit Sharma.

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