Stokes wants to be him­self

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Ben Stokes is flat­tered by com­par­isons with for­mer Eng­land cap­tain An­drew Flintoff but would pre­fer forg­ing his own path while help­ing his team win more matches, the all-rounder has said.

Stokes was ad­judged player of the match as Eng­land beat South Africa by 239 runs in the Third Test at the Oval to go 2-1 up in the four-match se­ries.

The 26-year-old hit a sparkling 112 in Eng­land’s first in­nings and took three wick­ets in the match, prompt­ing pace­man Stu­art Broad to com­pare Stokes with Flintoff.

“I don’t re­ally know what to say to that,” Stokes told re­porters. “It’s al­ways nice be­ing com­pared to that guy and some of the spells he pro­duced for Eng­land were amaz­ing to watch. But I am not try­ing to be any­one other than my­self.”

Flintoff played 79 Tests for Eng­land, av­er­ag­ing 31.77 with the bat and took 226 wick­ets. Stokes has al­ready matched the 39-yearold in scor­ing five Tests cen­turies.

It might, how­ever, not be a fair com­par­i­son between both all­rounders, with Stokes be­ing a bet­ter bats­man while Flintoff was more ef­fec­tive with the ball.

“All I’m try­ing to do is pro­duce the mo­ments for the team that can swing it our way and mean we are go­ing to win,” Stokes said.

“I am not try­ing to live up to any­one else’s rep­u­ta­tion. I am try­ing to do what I do and keep on putting in good per­for­mances.” Reuters

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