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Ashes: When Stokes fired England to winning position

August 08, 2015 11:07 IST

England's Ben Stokes celebrates with teammates Steven Finn and Jos Buttler after dismissing Australia's Mitchell Johnson on Day 2 of the 4th Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday

England's Ben Stokes celebrates with teammates Steven Finn and Jos Buttler after dismissing Australia's Mitchell Johnson on Day 2 of the 4th Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was trying to keep his feet on the ground after taking five wickets to bowl England to the brink of victory in the Ashes series on Friday.

Stokes took three quick wickets late in the afternoon session to quash a brief Australian fightback and two more victims late in the day helped England restrict the touring side to 241 for seven at the close, still 90 runs behind the hosts.

Stokes took advantage of favourable conditions in a spell of 3-16 off seven overs around tea that swung the game England's way after Australia openers Chris Rogers and David Warner had added 113 for the first wicket.

"The ball was swinging so much that I didn't want to be too predictable," the 24-year-old said after his second five-wicket haul in tests.

"I bowled the odd cross-seamer which didn't swing, hopefully making them think it was going to swing."

Mitchell Starc holds the ball aloft after claiming his fifth wicket of the innings

Mitchell Starc holds the ball aloft after claiming his fifth wicket of the innings. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

But Stokes seemed confident of getting the job done sooner than later.

"We're in an unbelievable position," Stokes told reporters.

"The crucial thing is that we go out tomorrow and make sure we don't have to get the pads on. Their tail wagged at bit at Edgbaston so, hopefully, we can just get the job done."

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who took career-best figures of 6-111 before England declared on 391 for nine, tried to remain positive.

"It's been a tough couple of days of cricket but we are still alive. We'll come out again tomorrow and fight as hard as we can -- that's the Australian way," he said.

"Taking six wickets was special with this being an Ashes series, but I'd rather we were heading into day three in a better position."

England lead the five-match series 2-1.

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