Ben Stokes hoping to develop as all-rounder
Ben Stokes hopes he can develop into an England regular and plans to improve both his batting and bowling so that he can become a genuine all-rounder.
The 22-year-old Durham star impressed with his 120 in the second innings of England’s third Test defeat to Australia earlier this week and is already looking forward to the fourth Test in Melbourne.
On what has been a disastrous tour for England, Stokes’ emergence has been one of the few glimmers of light. England have been hammered in each of the first three Ashes Tests, but are 7/2 to win in Melbourne, with Australia 8/11 to triumph at the MCG. The Baggy Greens can be backed at 15/8 to go on and seal a 5-0 series whitewash.
It’s going to be pretty special for everyone but we’ll still be going out there, trying to win these last two Test matches.
Stokes said: “I’d like to be the genuine all-rounder I guess. At the moment, the last two years, my bowling’s come on a hell of a lot.
“Batting, there’s just that consistency that hasn’t been there, but hopefully with experience and time out in the middle, everything will come together. It’s always nice (being an all-rounder) because you’re always going to be in the game.
“There’s still a lot to play for in this series – personal pride and playing in front of 100,000 at the MCG on Boxing Day, I don’t think that will take much getting up for. It’s going to be pretty special for everyone but we’ll still be going out there, trying to win these last two Test matches.”
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