It is said "attack is the best form of defence." Ben and his bat made effective use of this proverb in the Chennai Test.
Ben plundered 82 runs from the Indian bowlers on the second day of the opening Test. Playing in his first Test since August 2020, Ben started where he left off six months ago with the bat.
Ben set about the bowling after Shahbaz Nadeem made the ball misbehave from the rough. Rather than fall defending, he went on the attack, targeting Nadeem.
His half-century came off 73 balls. On reaching 72, Ben passed 4500 runs in Test matches.
More importantly for Ben, he shared a 124-run partnership with England captain and star performer Joe Root who scored a magnificent 218 runs.
Ben's attacking batting was paying rich dividends, until a slog-sweep off Nadeem was caught behind square.
His 118 ball 82 contained 10 fours and 3 sixes.
At the close on the second day England were in a commanding position on 555-8.
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