Ben Stokes to earn 100th Test cap, as Ollie Pope hails how England captain has “changed the game”


Ben Stokes to earn 100th Test cap

As Ben Stokes prepares to captain England in his 100th Test match in Rajkot, Ollie Pope expresses admiration for how Stokes has transformed the game. Stokes’ dynamic leadership, coupled with Brendon McCullum’s influence, has revitalized the national side, with a remarkable win percentage of 66.67 in the 21 Tests he has captained. Pope acknowledges Stokes’ impact, emphasizing his ability to shine under pressure, bringing out the best in himself and the team when needed most.
Ben Stokes to earn 100th Test cap, as Ollie Pope hails how England captain has “changed the game”.

Stokes, set to become the 16th Englishman with 100 Test caps, is lauded for his revolutionary effect on English cricket. His career statistics reveal impressive achievements, with 14 victories in 21 Tests as captain and a distinctive batting average higher than his bowling average. Pope praises Stokes for not seeking personal accolades, highlighting his transformative influence on the game and expressing hope for many more memorable moments in his career.

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Reflecting on Stokes’ early career, the podcast recalls his maiden Test century in 2013 during the challenging Ashes series in Australia. Ian Bell emphasizes that even in tough times, Stokes’ confidence and talent were evident, marking the beginning of a successful career. Bell, along with Jimmy Anderson, commends Stokes’ leadership skills, noting his ability to galvanize the team and emerge as a complete player.

While Stokes’ return to bowling is speculated, Pope suggests it might be unlikely just 11 weeks after knee surgery. England, despite being a bowler short, enters the final three Tests energized and refreshed after a six-day break in Abu Dhabi. Pope expresses the team’s enthusiasm and enjoyment of the tour, emphasizing the competitive spirit in the engaging matches played so far. The series, currently tied at 1-1, promises further excitement in the upcoming tests.

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