England vs South Africa 2017 – I Wouldn’t Get A Game Ahead Of Ben Stokes – Andrew Flintoff
The presence of Ben Stokes has simply changed the fortunes of England across all formats. A side that was once termed way too defensive and outdated, has now stunned one and all with their ferocious approach to the game, be it in Tests or ODI’s. Stokes has played a major role in that change, as he has brought about some magical displays to the fore for England.
In the ongoing Lord’s Test against South Africa as well, Stokes was at his supreme best. After being reduced to 76-4 on the first afternoon, England seemed to be headed for a misery, before that man rose to the occasion again. Collaborating with skipper Joe Root, Stokes scored a fine half-century which didn’t just save England, but also put them in a commanding position.
Given the all-rounder’s value as a match winner and his numbers, former England all-rounder, Andrew Flintoff feels that he would have never got a game ahead of the current sensation. Speaking at an event, Flintoff made it clear that what made Stokes such a revelation.
“He looks like the heartbeat of the team – everything centres around what he’s doing,” Flintoff said. “If England needs a lift or a wicket he comes on and when he comes into bat you can feel it from the team, from the crowd and sat at home watching it on TV, that there is an expectancy something is going to happen.”
“Everyone compares him to me – but he’s better than me and, potentially, he’s better than Botham. Beefy won’t like it but who cares – we’ve got Ben Stokes! “England are a very good team, play a style of cricket that you want to watch and have people who kids can look up to – proper role models in Root, Stokes, Jos Buttler.”It’s the type of team you’d love to play in – but I wouldn’t get a game!”
Legendary all-rounder Ian Botham too showered praises on Stokes, as he said,
“As a player, he’s probably better than I was at 24.” “He is not a jack of all trades and master of none; he is actually probably the master of the three most important assets you need: batting, bowling and fielding. “His bowling can only get better. He has all the attributes – he has pace, he can swing the ball, he can reverse it, he can bowl orthodox. “And he is a terrific fielder close to the bat, in the covers or midwicket, backwards point, or on the boundary.”
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