Former England National Cricket Team skipper Nasser Hussain heaped praise on the current Test captain of Team England, Ben Stokes, for his absolutely incredible performance in the second Test match of the three-match Test series against the South Africa National Cricket Team at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Under the leadership of Ben Stokes, England National Cricket Team have managed to win five out of six Tests this summer. The Proteas hammered The Three Lions in the first Test match of the series and won by an innings and 12 runs. However, England made an astonishing comeback in the second Test match and won by an innings and 85 runs to level the series. Stokes led from the front in the second Test and registered the bowling figures of 2/17 & 2/30 and played a sensational knock of 103 runs.
Meanwhile, Hussain said it was a matter of time before the fans saw the absolute best of the England Test captain.
“It was always only a matter of time before we saw Ben Stokes at his absolute best with bat and ball this summer and that time arrived in the second Test (at Old Trafford).
“Yes, Stokes wanted to set the tone as captain after taking over and show he would not ask his players to do anything he was not prepared to do himself. But eventually Ben the cricketer had to kick in as well as Ben the captain,” said Hussain in his column for Daily Mail.
“Ben Stokes the cricketer is a very proud bloke who wants to be performing at his absolute best. He would never have been happy with 20s and 30s and the odd wicket so he stepped up when his team needed him most against South Africa.”
Ben Stokes is always the man for a crisis – Nasser Hussain
The 54-year-old labelled Stokes as the “man for a crisis” and said that England needed their skipper to fire with the bat in the second Test and he did exactly that. Hussain also said that Stokes is one of the most “technically gifted” batters in the England setup.
“Stokes is always the man for a crisis and while that was not exactly the case, when he went into bat England were still behind South Africa and had work to do. The ball was reversing and England needed a match-defining innings from their captain and Stokes provided it by getting his tempo absolutely right.
“Stokes has always been one of the most technically gifted batters in the England side. What we saw from Stokes and England at Old Trafford was not Bazball. I hate that term. England want a positive mindset and approach to everything they do. That will see them attack for much of the time but there are also times to sit in and soak up pressure,” opined Hussain.
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