Ben Stokes’ comments came after Joe Root became the primary cricketer to slam a double hundred on his 100th match game to assist England to a commanding position against hosts India within the first Test in Chennai. The ease with which Joe Root goes about his business against spinners makes all the opposite England batsmen including him feel pretty rubbish said all-rounder Ben Stokes.
Stokes’ comments came after Root became the primary cricketer to slam a double hundred on his 100th match game to assist England to a commanding position against hosts India within the first Test in Chennai. Yeah, it makes us all feel, you know, pretty rubbish (laughs), the way he, how easy he makes batting look. And yeah, I used to be quite surprised he spent the wicket and hit a six to mention a double (century), Stokes said during a virtual news conference after Root’s 218 powered England to 555/8 at stumps on Day 2.
Stokes, who himself scored a fluent 82 off 114 balls, half England’s batsmen can’t play the way Root does against quality spin bowling. He is in phenomenal form and just makes things look very, very easy, and therefore the way that he plays spin, dominates spin and it’s incredible to observe. I do not think half the Britain batsmen ever play spin within the way that he does, Stokes said.
The hard-hitting all-rounder said it’s a delight to observe Root bat, who also became the second captain after the legendary Don Bradman to notch up three successive 150-plus scores in Test cricket. He’s just got options, he possesses an option for everything that’s thrown at him and yeah, it’s just a delight to observe him at the instant, Stokes added about his skipper who is enjoying a fantastic run of form.
Stokes had no qualms during admitting that his team was in a very strong position. Yeah, it’s nice returning in with a (knock like that), with a touch day off and now spending a while calling at the center, but beat all I feel we’re during a very strong position as a team. Batting first and after putting ourselves in and being 500 or whatever we are (555/8), still with two wickets remaining (going into) day three may be a very strong position, Stokes said.
He said the Britain team wasn’t in the least brooding about the declaration on Saturday evening. There were no thoughts whatsoever of a declaration tonight because I will be stupid if we won the toss and bat first, you only get as many runs as you’ll out here in India. And if we will bat for an additional hour tomorrow, you know, we might be very proud of that, he added.
India and England are engaged during a four-match Test series, with both teams vying for an area within the World Test Championship (WTC) final