England vs South Africa: Ben Stokes plays down Andrew Flintoff comparison, says he wants to be himself

Reuters, Aug, 02 2017

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.

File image of England's Ben Stokes. AP

File image of England's Ben Stokes. AP

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-year-old in scoring five tests centuries.

It might, however, not be a fair comparison between both all-rounders, 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."

Published Date: Aug 02, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 02, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115