England’s Ben Stokes: ‘To bowl like I did today was a monkey off my back’

• Stokes takes six wickets against West Indies after ‘letting the team down’
• All-rounder becomes sixth England player on both honours boards at Lord’s

Ben Stokes spoke of his pride at recording his career-best figures with the ball after believing he had been letting the England team down this summer. But, given a wicket-laden first day during which West Indies hit back late on with four strikes themselves, the third Test remains in the balance.

By claiming six for 22 from 14.3 overs in a masterful exhibition of swing bowling either side of tea, Stokes helped Joe Root’s side to dismiss the tourists for 123 in the series decider and became only the sixth England cricketer to get his name on both honours boards at Lord’s.

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