Ben Stokes replaces Jason Holder after his outstanding performance in the ongoing test series against West Indies is rewarded as the No.1 all-rounder in ICC Test rankings announced on Tuesday. Stokes also achieved a career-best ranking of No.3 as Test batsmen in the ICC rankings.
The all-rounder made his valuable presence in the match with both bat and ball as England labelled the three-match Test series by beating West Indies by 113 runs in the Second Test at Old Trafford on Monday. On day-5 the English team set a mighty Target of 312 for West Indies to win the second test. But West Indies team were crumbled down for 198 runs on the fifth and final days of the test, as England managed to level the series at 1-1.
The all-rounder Stokes created a run of 176 in the team’s first innings, 469-9 declared and a smashing 78 not out on Monday which led to another declaration by the captain, Joe Roots.
Soon after, Stokes took two wickets just after Stuart Broad’s early treble which reduced the Windies to 37-4. Meantime, Shamarh Brooks made a score of 62 and Jermaine Blackwood scored a 55 and made sure England was kept at bay during the fifth-wicket stand of 100.
But the very talented Stokes broke their partnership and using a short ball had Blackwood Blackwood, who had previously scored a 95 in West Indies’ win in the First Test.
Jofra Archer will join the Third Test
After Jofra Archer was dropped out from the game as he breached the safety protocols that was given the utmost importance after international cricket returned from a forced break of 4 months due to the pandemic, England suffered a lot as they missed his quick bowling. England again faced the frustration when the third day’s game was washed away completely due to the rain.
Stuart Broad, who was very angry previously for being rested from the first game of the series, had John Campbell caught out in just 5 balls on Monday. He finished with 3-42 and smashed the Windies team with a three-wicket burst in just 14 balls.
Chris Woakes took Kraigg Brathwaite by lbw and soon Broad got Hope with an exce;lent delivery that hit the top of the stumps. Broad again came back in action after lunch and lbwed Roston Chase. Brook’s fine innings came to an end when Sam Curran threw a lbw.
After West Indies captain Jason Holder came on the pitch, Dom Bess got demotivated with Holder’s six after which Holder was bowled between his pads with an off-break.
Kumar Roach was brilliantly caught by the spectacular Ollie Pope at short leg and this finished Bess’s innings.
Stokes was promoted to open in the quest for runs and took his team to 129-3 declared in their second innings. First, he batted cautiously and then increased the tempo in his first century, he showcased another batting display as England scored 92 overs in 11 overs on Monday.
Stokes was saved when Campbell dropped an easy routine catch after he slogged Shannon Gabriel to deep extra cover at 29.