The significance of a cricketer like Ben Stokes can hardly be overemphasized as the talismanic all-rounder brings great balance to this English side. Even in the recently concluded World Cup, his prowess was on display as the 28-year old went on to become the man of the match in the final of the championship.
Now with Ashes series almost upon us, the Christchurch born received immense praise from the legendary Australian captain Ricky Ponting who called Stokes heartbeat of England’s Test unit. Stating this, Ponting warned Australian unit about Stokes’ ability as he urged them to curb his influence if Kangaroos are to claim glory in the forthcoming iconic series.
The 44-year old was able to detect a lot of maturity in Stokes’ recent displays and this moved him to laud the quality of the proficient player who missed the 2017-18 Ashes series in Australia due to his involvement in a court case which took place following a street fight in Bristol. It remains to be seen how he fares against a top class Australian side.