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Ashes Ben Stokes: England want to 'put another nail in the coffin' of Australia

England want to "put another nail in the coffin" of Australia and claim the number one Test ranking soon, according to Ben Stokes.

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Ben Stokes said Ashes winners England are eyeing victory at The Oval and the number one Test ranking after sealing the series against Australia.

After the hosts won inside just seven sessions in the decisive fourth Test at Trent Bridge, there has been plenty of commentary about the Australians' shortcomings - however Stokes said the talk in the England dressing room is about building on their winning ways.

Following the Ashes finale in London starting August 20, Alastair Cook's men have a three-Test series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates in October followed by a tour of South Africa beginning Boxing Day.

Stokes believes England had to think of regaining the urn as just the start of things to come.

"We obviously want to capitalise on all this good cricket that we're playing at the moment, and not just do it every so often," the all-rounder told BBC Radio 5Live.

"We've got two big series coming up, [in] Dubai and South Africa.

"So if we win both them series' then we should be number one I guess.

"And that's what we want to do, we want to go and beat teams in foreign conditions and not only be a really good team in England."

Stokes said England have no intention of allowing a winning farewell to the likes of Australia captain Michael Clarke and opener Chris Rogers, who will both exit the Test stage at The Oval.

"Yeah massively [desperate to win fifth Test]," the 24-year-old added.

"[We want to] sort of put another nail in the coffin that we've already built. And to walk away 4-1 [winners], after getting written off at the start of the series, would be absolutely amazing.

"I don't think another England team has ever won 4-1.

"To win the Ashes back, and win 4-1 - be the only ever England team to do that - would be absolutely amazing."

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