Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting Compares Ben Stokes with Andrew Flintoff
Legendary Australian batsman and former skipper Ricky Ponting believes if the visitors would want to break the shackles on the English soil, then they’re supposed to curb the natural game of England all-rounder Ben Stokes. The Durham star had recently played a pivotal role in helping Eoin Morgan-led side to lift their maiden ODI title. Ponting had also compared Stokes with prominent all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.
Ponting, who had served as an assistant of Justin Langer during the recently-held World Cup campaign in the United Kingdom (UK), has also followed Stokes on close quarters.
“He’s a very, very good player. Some of the innings I’ve seen him play in Test cricket have been as good a ball-striking innings… We’ve seen from the best batsman in the world,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
The 44-year-old Ponting believes Australia had to limit his impact during the impending Ashes series which will get under with the first Test at Edgbaston on August 1.
The veteran batsman believes if the visitors would be successful in keeping Stokes quiet, it will help Tim Paine‘s side for a greater deal in the five-match traditional series.
Ponting remarked that Stokes has led from the front. He also conceded that prominent face in English set-up his shown maturity to produced what his team had required in demanding situations of the game.
“To me, (during the World Cup) it seems like he (was) able to understand situations and play situations accordingly. That’s a bit of maturity and understanding his own game and understanding what his team needs him to do,” Ponting stated.
He also maintained that Stokes is ‘the heartbeat’ of the England team. Pointed asserted that the Three Lions had looked at players like Flintoff in the past when they were facing challenging
Now, with Stokes holding onto the mantle, Ponting is wary of his threat in the multi-day format as well.
“He’s a key man and more a key man. Because I think he’s that real heartbeat for their team, a bit like ‘Freddie’ Flintoff in Ashes series gone by – whenever they were in trouble and they needed something, they tend to go to those sort of guys. And Australia need to keep him quiet if we’re going to win the series,” Ponting added.
Recently, Stokes influence in the World Cup had left an indelible mark with the all-round show.
Stokes is mature: Ponting
Also, his 98-ball 84-run knock under testing circumstances will be remembered for long.
Ponting also observed that Stokes had been playing with much authority. Also, Ponting maintained had shed light on Stokes’ personality. He had also deemed Stokes as ‘brash’ apart from being strong enough to compete.
“It seems like he’s playing with a lot of maturity. He doesn’t seem like he’s in much of a rush now as he might have been. The thing about his personality as well, he’s a big, strong, brash guy with a bit of an ego … and I think as a younger person probably everything was flat out – one speed,” Ponting observed.
In the previous Ashes edition of the 2017-18, Stokes had missed the Australia tour following a Bristol fight.
The 28-year-old Stokes had featured in 52 Tests since 2013. He had accumulated 3152 runs at an average of 33.89. He also had 127 wickets to his in 89 Test innings.
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