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Stokes hopes hard work pays off for England
England's Ben Stokes wants to be more consistent with the bat.

England need to win the Test to draw the series which the 'hosts' lead 1-0 after they won the second Test in Dubai.

By Clareto Monsorate

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Published: Sat 31 Oct 2015, 6:19 PM

Sharjah: England have left out injured Mark Wood as a precautionary measure ahead of the third and final Test match against Pakistan which gets underway at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
England need to win the Test to draw the series which the 'hosts' lead 1-0 after they won the second Test in Dubai.
The first Test in Abu Dhabi ended in a thrilling draw.
"Wood showed how vital he is in these conditions with the reverse swing and extra pace. The ankle has been a setback for quite a while. So the best possible way to get as many games as possible out of him is to rest him from time to time. Considering all that, I think it's probably the right call," Ben Stokes said while addressing the media.
Wood's exclusion, due to a chronic ankle problem, is a blow to the England team especially after his five wickets in the second Test. It would mean England are now likely to make at least two changes for the final Test.
Jonny Bairstow looks certain to replace Jos Buttler behind the stumps after he spent a good number of hours with the gloves during training on Friday with coach Trevor Bliss.
"If the decision comes to Jos being left out then he's not a bloke to dwell on it too much," Stokes said. "He'll go away and work as hard as he always does. I've been in the same position and it's not a nice place to be. Everything comes around and eventually you do find form, you just have to keep working as hard as you can.
"If it keeps on happening it could rule him out of some games when he has hit form like he has here. It's a big shame for us and for him as well because he has said we haven't seen the best of him, but out here it's the most consistent he has been. Hopefully the ankle settles down."
Talking about his own batting, Stokes said, "I've been working on what I know I'll be facing when I come out here, it will either be the reverse swing of Wahab (Riaz) or two spinners spinning it big out off the rough. Hopefully the hard work will pay off in this Test and we can get a good result.
"You have just got to assess the situation, I know that's quite cliched, but it is a lot different to anywhere else I've played. You have to assess the situation you are in, whether it's time to pick the scoring rate up or like the last innings which was a completely different situation to what I'm used to playing. You have to use your experience to play the way you think the situation needs.
"It's something that you have to work in the nets, sometimes you can play a few too many big shots in the nets but that's when you have to put the boring stuff in. It's something I've been concentrating on a lot, not getting outside of a game situation in the nets."
clareto@khaleejtimes.com



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