AUS vs ENG: "Ben Stokes Is An Incredible Cricketer With Sharp Cricket Brain" - AB De Villiers

Updated - 14 Jul 2023, 05:13 PM

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Former South African skipper AB De Villiers has lauded Ben Stokes for his captaincy in the Ashes series so far. Stokes has been brilliant with the bat scoring key runs for his team when they needed him the most.

Ben Stokes scored 80 in the first innings with his team struggling at 68/4. His innings helped England get to 237 in the first innings. In the second innings at Lord’s, Stokes scored 155 which was not enough to see his team to a win.

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De Villiers while reviewing the first three tests of the Ashes series spoke about Ben Stokes and the impact that he has made in the series so far. Stokes is the second-highest run-getter with 309 runs and has also picked up three wickets in three matches.

Ben Stokes Has A Really Sharp Cricket Brain: AB De Villiers

“He’s [Ben Stokes] an incredible cricket player. He’s got a really sharp cricket brain. We watched him in the last Test match, and how calm he was, actually all the Test matches.”

“If you lose the first two Test matches in five Test match series is very nerve-wracking, and he was always just calm, especially after losing in that second one. So close, small margins, and arrived in the third Test match, and he looked free. He looked light on his feet, looked sharp” he further added.

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Shaun Pollock who was part of that conversation with AB De Villiers praised England for sticking to their “Bazball” approach despite losing the first two Tests.

“It was always going to be a litmus Test for Bazball to see whether they could continue to play a similar brand and still be successful against one of the better sides or probably the best Test side. That is around after they [Australia] won the Test championship. I am impressed by what I’ve seen” said Pollock.

The fourth Test starts from July 19 with Australia 2-1 up in the series.

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