Ashes Ben Stokes expects Australia response in second Ashes Test against England

Australia are likely to be more aggressive in the second Ashes Test, according to England all-rounder Ben Stokes.

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes expects a vocal and aggressive Australia in the second Ashes Test starting Thursday.

Darren Lehmann's team, favourites heading in, were thrashed by 169 runs in the series opener in Cardiff inside four days.

Stokes, who made 52 and 42 and took a wicket at Sophia Gardens, believe the tourists will be a far different team at Lord's.

"There wasn"t hardly as much said in Cardiff as there was in Australia. I"m not quite sure why," he said.

"Maybe the match referee had a word with the two captains, I"m not sure. But I think it might be a bit different here.

"Australia are 1-0 down and they"ll want to get some revenge on us because we obviously beat them in four days, which was probably a shock to them.

"This game might be played in a different way but hopefully it won"t overstep the line."

Stokes also played down comparisons to great England all-rounders Andrew Flintoff and Ian Botham.

The 24-year-old said he wanted to make a name in his own right.

"I'm Ben Stokes. I'm not Flintoff, or Botham," he said.

"Being an all-rounder, you're probably going to get compared to the Bothams and the Flintoffs - as I have done recently.

"I'm not looking to emulate them. I'm just going to go about my cricket in the way I want to do it."

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