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'Lucky Enough To Witness Us Play': Ben Stokes' Bold And Triggering Claim For Fans

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England Test captain Ben Stokes made a bold claim in a recently released documentary about the 2023 Ashes series, asserting that his team "will live forever in the memory of people who were lucky enough to witness us play cricket." 

This statement was made in the three-part series 'Ashes 2023 | Our Take,' produced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), highlighting the dramatic events and emotions of the series.

England faced immense pressure after losing the first two Ashes Tests in 2023. Despite having momentum and belief, Stokes' side struggled with execution. However, they made a crucial comeback in the third Test at Leeds, securing a three-wicket victory. 

To win the series and reclaim the Ashes, England needed victories in both remaining matches. Unfortunately, a draw in the fourth Test at Manchester dashed their hopes, as rain at Old Trafford played spoilsport. Despite the setback, Ben Stokes delivered an inspiring speech to his discouraged teammates.

The reward for our work: Ben Stokes

In the documentary, Stokes emphasized that their efforts went beyond just winning the urn. 

"Everything we've done up until now isn't going to stop because we haven't managed to win the urn back. The reward for our work isn't what we get but what we become. And what we have managed to do is we've managed to become a sports team that will live forever in the memory of people who were lucky enough to witness us play cricket," he stated.

Stokes acknowledged the disappointment but highlighted the team's legacy.

“I know it's going to be a bit flat, I know it's going to hurt that we go into the next game (at The Oval) not being able to get the urn back. But what we have done is something a lot bigger than any Ashes trophy could ever signify for this team – be the team that everybody will always remember,” he added. 

Looking ahead, England will face the West Indies in a three-match Test series starting July 10.