Ben Stokes, captain of England’s Test cricket team, has been warned that he won’t be playing games for “too much longer” if he keeps playing the way he is, by former England pacer Steve Harmison.
After Joe Root resigned as captain in April, Stokes, who bats at number six and currently holds the record for the most runs scored in an inning at that position, was named captain of the national team.
During England’s March tour of the West Indies, Stokes first felt pain in his left knee. He also developed a side strain during the Ashes in Australia.
If Ben Stokes Continues To Bowl Like That He Won’t Even Play 100 Test Matches: Steve Harmison
“When you need something different, when you need your quick bowler, it is Ben Stokes, your enforcer. And the longer that goes on with the body he’s got, the more we are potentially chalking off test matches as England captain, as England’s all-rounder, potentially as an England cricketer”, Steve Harmison said talking to talksport2.
“He’s got the biggest heart going and he’ll do everything he possibly can for the team, but there does become a breaking point the longer you go in your career and when you start getting in your 30s.”
Somebody’s going to have to go to him and tap him on the shoulder and say ‘right the positive outcome of this situation is you’re going to have to stop bowling like that because you’ve retired from modern-day cricket, to prolong on your test match career.
“I think Ben said it himself, or Brendon [McCullum] said it, or Keysey [Robert Key] said it, ‘Ben Stokes to play 120-125 test matches. He plays 125 if he doesn’t bowl like that. If he bowls like that, he probably won’t play 100″, he further added.