The senior-most English pacer James Anderson has lauded the English Test vice-captain Ben Stokes, who massively helped his team to win the recently concluded crucial Manchester Test. Anderson feels that Stokes is becoming England’s best ever all-rounder.
The cricket world is highly praising the 29-year-old English all-rounder Ben Stokes for his incredible all-rounder performances during the second game of the three-match Test series against England at Manchester.
Performing according to the situation, Stokes proved his versatile ability and presence of mind for the game. In the recently concluded Manchester Test, the left-handed batsman Stokes scored his slowest Test century in the first innings (176 runs off 356 balls) and recorded the fastest Test fifty by an English opener during the third innings of the match (78 not out off 57 balls).
Moreover, the right-arm pacer Stokes picked up a total of three wickets (1/29 & 2/30) in that game as England won that match by 113 runs and levelled the series by 1-1 with one Test to go. While Stokes undoubtedly won the Player of the Match award, he also became the new no.1 Test all-rounder in the ICC rankings.
It’s just incredible that we’ve got him on our team and he’s great to watch: James Anderson about Ben Stokes
James Anderson feels that Ben Stokes is becoming the best-ever all-rounder in England cricket history. Talking about this, Anderson also pointed out the Test captain Joe Root’s recent comments about the latest no.1 Test all-rounder.
Anderson said according to ESPNcricinfo, “He’s certainly the best all-rounder I’ve ever played with and he’s becoming the best all-rounder that England’s ever had. There’s no reason why he can’t go on to become even better. With the bat, he’s averaging in the 40s, with the ball he’s below 30, and he’s taking spectacular catches. It’s just incredible that we’ve got him on our team and he’s great to watch.
“It’s hard to say how good he is because it’s hard to find the words. Joe said the other day we were in the presence of greatness and he’s spot on. He gets into any team as a batsman, while his bowling gets better and better each time he goes out there. It’s just amazing to have that talent in our team, and to be able to watch it first-hand as well was amazing.”
The 37-year-old England right-arm pacer James Anderson, who is England’s most international wicket-taker (847 wickets) and overall most Test wicket-taker as a pacer (587 wickets), missed out that Manchester Test while another senior English pacer Stuart Broad returned to the playing XI during that game.
While Anderson bagged three wickets in the first Test of this series at Southampton (3/62 & 0/42), Broad featured in the second Test and played a crucial role for England’s victory (3/66 & 3/42).
The third or final Test of this series will begin on this Friday (24th July) at Manchester. Anderson is hopeful to play with Broad in this series-decider Test.