James Anderson and Ben Stokes. (AFP Photo)
MANCHESTER: James Anderson says Ben Stokes is one of the best England all-rounder he has ever performed with, surpassing Andrew Flintoff as he reaches new heights.
In his newest command efficiency, Stokes scored 176 and 78 not out and took three wickets throughout England’s 113-run win within the second Test in opposition to the West Indies at Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old’s man-of-the-match effort helped England stage the three-match collection at 1-1 forward of Friday’s decider at Old Trafford.
It additionally meant Stokes changed West Indies captain Jason Holder because the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder.
Stokes has been in excellent Test kind for the reason that begin of 2019, averaging over 55 with the bat and below 29 with the ball.
Veteran paceman Anderson now charges him much more extremely than his former Lancashire and England team-mate Flintoff, who was additionally a pace-bowling all-rounder.
“The fact that he (Stokes) could get into any team as a batsman without his bowling or fielding speaks volumes,” stated Anderson.
“His bowling is getting better and better each time he goes out there and he could get into a lot of teams’ bowling attacks.”
“To have that talent in our team and to be able to watch it first-hand is amazing,” added Anderson, England’s all-time main Test wicket-taker.
“He’s certainly the best all-rounder I’ve ever played with and he’s becoming the best all-rounder that England’s ever had and there’s no reason why he can’t go on and be even better.”
Anderson was rested from the series-squaring victory over the West Indies throughout a busy spell of six Tests in seven weeks, together with three in opposition to Pakistan.
But with 587 wickets from 152 Tests behind him, Anderson — who turns 38 later this month — stated of being rested: “I can cope with it quite a bit higher now than a number of years in the past.
“Looking on the greater image I need to be round once we go to Australia for the subsequent Ashes (subsequent yr) so to have the ability to do this, you have in all probability obtained to do issues barely otherwise.
“It might mean missing the odd game here and there to make sure that I’m in the best possible situation.”