Former Australian legend and ex-captain Ricky Pointing says, Ben Stokes is a “Matured” English all-rounder and mentioned that he will be a key player for England in Ashes 2019.
“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.” – Ricking Pointing said.
“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.” – he added
“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.” – he added
Ben Stokes was awarded as the player of the match in world cup finals where England won the cup for the first time. Especially Stokes contribution with the bat in the second innings had made England inches closer in the contest.
“He’s a very, very good player,” he said. “Some of the innings I’ve seen him play in Test cricket have been as good a ball-striking innings as we’ve seen from the best batsman in the world.”
“He can back it up with the ball and if he’s not one of the best fielders in the world at the moment, I’ll be very surprised,” Ponting said.
Ben Stokes was not a part of Ashes 2017-18 in Australia, because of an ongoing case in court for an alleged street fight incident at Bristol.
In his come back game, Stokes had scored a Ton and took a Five wicket hail in 13 matches.
Ricky mentions that stokes can be the Heartbeat” of the English team like Andrew Flintoff was previously.
“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.
“I think it’s important that the Australian players don’t let him find (form) early in the series. There are certain players you know that you’ve just got to hopefully get on top early Stokes is one that I think they need to make sure that he doesn’t get away from (them) and he doesn’t have much of an impact on the series.
“His Test record hasn’t been great of late, he’ll know that he’ll understand that and it’s up to the Aussie boys to make sure that they don’t let him dominate the series.”