Stokes happy to silence critics
Ben Stokes claims England's first Test victory against India will silence some of their critics and give them confidence to win the series.
The 27-year-old all-rounder played a key role in the hosts' 31-run win at Edgbaston after taking 4-40, including the vital wicket of India captain Virat Kohli.
To beat a team like India will hopefully close some mouths. We'll take a lot of confidence from winning into the rest of this series.Ben Stokes
Speaking after England took the final five wickets of India's second innings in the morning session on day four, Stokes told Sky Sports: "We've had a lot of stick recently.
"To beat a team like India will hopefully close some mouths. We'll take a lot of confidence from winning into the rest of this series."
He added: "We were magnificent with the ball. We were a bit behind in the second innings but Sam Curran really turned the game playing the way he did.
"It's just great to be a part of this game. I don't really know how to feel right now.
"Virat Kohli played brilliantly in the first innings and he was just playing for the swing when I got him there. I'm just so proud to be a part of this group and playing for England."
The second Test gets under way at Lord's on Thursday but Stokes will be absent because his court case, where he will be tried for affray, begins in Bristol on Monday.
England are 12/5 to win the Test, while they are 1/4 to win the five-match series, while India are priced at 11/2 and 9/2 respectively.
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