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Best moments from Ben Stokes’ 176 innings in England’s second #raisethebat test match against West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford

Best moments from Ben Stokes’ 176 innings in England’s second #raisethebat test match against West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford

Ben Stokes rose to the top of the overall ICC test standings for the first time.

Stokes scored 176 of 356 balls in the opening innings of England’s victory in the second test against the West Indies, then beat undefeated 78 of 57 deliveries in their second to put up a statement an hour after day five.

That was enough to oust West Indies captain Jason Holder after 18 months as Stokes climbed six places to become the first Englishman to take first place overall since Andrew Flintoff in May 2006.

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His 497 points are the highest accumulated by a versatile player since the great South African Jacques Kallis totaled 517 points in April 2008.

Only Australian batsman Steve Smith and Indian captain Virat Kohli are better placed than Stokes, with England captain Joe Root dropping a spot in ninth place.

“Everyone understands that we are watching a player at the peak of his powers at the top of world cricket who delivers time and time again,” Root said of Stokes, who was also England’s hero in the final. of the 2019 World Cup at Lord’s and the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley later this summer.

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The choice of action on the last day of the second test #raisethebat as England beat the West Indies by 113 points to tie the series at 1-1

The choice of action on the last day of the second test #raisethebat as England beat the West Indies by 113 points to tie the series at 1-1

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Man of the Match Ben Stokes spoke to Michael Atherton after England claimed victory in second test at Old Trafford

Man of the Match Ben Stokes spoke to Michael Atherton after England claimed victory in second test at Old Trafford

“We have to savor it, appreciate it and understand that we are – without wanting to inflate your tires too much – in the presence of greatness.

“He’s a real all-rounder, something you don’t see a lot in world cricket. He’s someone you can really turn to at any time and he’ll be a game-changer for you. ”

Stuart Broad’s six wickets in the game on his recall to England meant a return to the top 10 in the bowler standings. The versatile Nottinghamshire gained four places to occupy 10th place in the standings.

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