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Stokes targets big score

Ben Stokes insists England have set their sights on batting their way into the second Test after a tough day at the Adelaide Oval.

Centuries from Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin helped Australia reach 570-9 declared on day two - with the hosts then piling on the misery by dismissing Alastair Cook for three.

Joe Root and Michael Carberry dropped anchor during a difficult final session to help England reach 35-1 at the close.

However Durham all-rounder Stokes knows the tourists need to kick-on on day three if they are to get something from the match.

"It has been a pretty tough two days but it has been nice to eventually get off the pitch and concentrate on what we need to do with the bat," Stokes told Sky Sports.

"We have now got to go out there and do what we can do. There is a lot of talent in the batting line-up and we know we have the skills to do it and put on a big score ourselves.

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"The pitch hasn't really broken up the way we thought with it being so dry. It is still a very good batting wicket and hopefully we can capitalise on it."

Stokes thought he had claimed his first Test wicket when Haddin edged behind to Matt Prior on 51, but it was off a no-ball.

However Stokes finally had something to celebrate when he removed Clarke, with James Anderson taking the catch off a leading edge.

"It was the pitch to be honest. It was a very special moment and something I will never forget," added Stokes, who also removed Peter Siddle to finish with 2-70.

"It is my first Test wicket so it is a very proud moment."

Although Australia were able to score freely, Stokes claims that was down to the state of the pitch rather than England's attack.

"We have plans as a bowling unit and that is to bowl pretty straight," he added.

"The pitch isn't really doing much so we had to hang in there and pile on as much pressure as we could. The wickets came, if not very often, but the way we bowled created pressure."