Srinagar, July 21: Heaping praises on his star player Ben Stokes who lead team to the must needed win over West Indies in the second Test at Old Trafford Manchester, England captain Joe Root has said that we are watching player at peak of his powers and peak of the World Cricket.
Root also said that England team is in the presence of ‘greatness’ with Ben Stokes around. He also termed Stokes as ‘Mr Incredible’ for his heroics in the match.
Ben Stokes was England’s match-winner in their series-levelling victory over the West Indies in Manchester, becoming the first English player to score more than 250 runs and take more than two wickets in a single Test.
After England secured a 113-run win at Old Trafford on Monday, with Stokes starring with both bat and ball on the final day.
In 16 Tests since the start of 2019, Stokes averages 55 with the bat and 28 with the ball having last year steered his side to a historic World Cup win as well as a memorable Test victory over Australia at Headingley.
“Everyone understands we are watching a player at the peak of his powers, at the peak of world cricket,” Root said.
“Without trying to pump his tyres too much, we are in the presence of greatness, ” Root said.
“He’s a genuinely all-round player, something that you don’t see in world cricket. You see guys who have certain strengths, either batting or bowling. But he’s someone you can turn to in any situation, ” He said.
The Old Trafford Test during his first-innings Ben Stokes scored 176, the slowest of his 10 Test hundreds, and that was followed by a quickfire 78 not out from just 57 balls as an opener in the second innings as England chased quick runs, the fastest ever Test half-century by an England opener.
His three wickets in the match all came at crucial junctures, two of them breaking partnerships of 76 and 100 respectively, the highest the Windies enjoyed in the Test.
“He’s got so many different skills that he brings to the team,” Root said.
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“He’s played a role for us this game with the ball. You can use him in a completely different way as well, ” Root said.
“To have such a complete game in so many different gears and modes at your disposal allows you the ability to keep getting better. Most importantly, if he keeps reading the situations as he is, there’s no reason we can’t continue to see such brilliant performances as we have done this week, ” Root further said.
“There’s drive to get better. The sky is the limit. There’s no reason he can’t keep performing so consistently.”