"I'm Ben Stokes, never trying to be Andrew Flintoff"- England's new Test captain Ben Stokes ready to leave his mark on red-ball cricket
England cricket team’s new Test captain Ben Stokes has clarified that even though he has received the tag of being someone like Andrew Flintoff or Ian Botham since he was 18, he is only focusing on leaving his own mark on the game.
Stokes was recently named the new Test captain of the England cricket team after Joe Root stepped down from the position. The all-rounder has led the England cricket team in a few matches before, but he has never been the full-time captain in any of the formats.
Many cricket fans regard him as one of the best all-rounders of the modern era. Some have even compared him with some of the legendary all-rounders like Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff.
In a chat with Sky Sports, Stokes spoke about the comparisons and said:
"The people who write that stuff are taking that from other people who have done the role. I've had to live with the tag of Andrew Flintoff and Sir Ian Botham since I was 18. But I've always maintained that I am never trying to be Flintoff or Botham. I'm Ben Stokes."
Ben Stokes will have a tough year ahead as England cricket team’s Test skipper
Ben Stokes will have a challenging task ahead of him in 2022. The England cricket team is scheduled to battle the inaugural ICC World Test Champions New Zealand, the runners-up India and the resilient South African team this year.
England have negligible chances of qualifying for the ICC World Test Championship 2023 Final, but they will be keen to end the tournament on a high and carry the momentum into the new cycle of the WTC competition.
Stokes has some big names like Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Joe Root to help him. Even Jofra Archer is likely to make his comeback soon.