Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > Features >

Ben Stokes: England’s sole ray of hope from their disastrous tour of Australia

Ben Stokes was in good form for England in Australia © Getty Images
Ben Stokes was in good form for England in Australia © Getty Images

 

 

As the English cricket team has been beaten soundly by Australia in both the Test and One-Day Internationals (ODIs)  Down-Under, it has been a horrible tour for Alastair Cook’s men who have only managed to win a solitary game all throughout the tour. England have looked a pale shadow of the side that had beaten Australia not once but twice in back-to-back to series wins. Vineet Varma looks at what positives England can take from the ODI series.

 

Coming to England’s sole moment of glory in their current Australian tour, this writer rolls his memory back to the fourth ODI at Perth where England were put in to bat by Australia.  The series had already been lost for England as Australia had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead after winning the first three matches convincingly and the match at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) ground was to be considered as a mere formality. But for England, the game was much more than a rubber compete as they were struggling to retain their lost pride. By putting up some semblance of a good show with a huge score of 316 off 50 overs. Mitchell Johnson, who had tormented them throughout the Ashes with his searing pace and bounce was having an off-day and apart from James Faulkner none of the bowlers seemed to trouble the English batsmen.

 

After Ben Stokes (70) and Jos Butler (71) had helped England reach that huge score, their bowlers led by Stokes (4 for 38) and Tim Bresnan (3 for 45) helped England shoot Australia to 259 all out, thus giving them their first victory on the tour. Though the win can be counted as inconsequential considering the battering England have taken from Johnson and co, there are still some positives for England which will help them in future.

The biggest positive for England throughout the five match series was of course the form of their top two batsmen — Eion Morgan and Ian Bell, who averaged 56  and 41 respectively. They stood out as the lone rangers for Alastair Cook’s side in the batting department. Morgan was the lone centurion for England in the ODIs  and his impeccable 106 at Brisbane was definitely the highlight as he handed the Australian quicks with deftness.

 

Bell, who had scored 68 in that same match is another player who was amongst the runs for England as he scored another half-century (55) at Perth and restored some pride.

 

Coming to the bowling and it was the trio of Stokes, Tim Bresnan and Chris Jordan who finished as England’s top bowlers in the series. Stokes, who is 22-years old, was probably the revelation of the tournament as apart from his good show with the bat, he also picked up 10 wickets at an average of 24.50, thus strengthening his case of being a key all-rounder.

 

Even Bresnan, who picked up seven wickets at an average of 36.85, has proved that he can do justice to the tag of a bowling all-rounder. Thanks to his handy performances with the bat which saw him smash a quick-fire 41 not-out down the order in the Sydney ODI. Other performers include Jordan (six wickets at 42.16) and Stuart Broad (five wickets at 29.60) who also contributed to the English bowling throughout the series and helped them salvage some pride.

 

Keeping England’s miserable run aside, the biggest positive they have gained  is of course Stokes, who has been their lone ranger with both bat and ball and also finished as his side’s second highest wicket taker (15 wickets at an average of 32.80) and third highest run-scorer (279 runs at an average of 34.87) in the 5-0 Ashes drubbing.

 

Stokes is a  a beacon of hope for England for the future as they will start to pick up the pieces from this disastrous tour and try and rebuild for the ICC World Cup 2015 to be held in a year’s time.

 

(Vineet Varma is a writer at Cricket Country. He can be followed @Vinfire19)

 

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 7 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Live Cricket Score IPL 2014: CSK openers off to brisk start

Who else but Shakespeare on the World Book and Copyright Day?

IPL 2013: Shane Watson’s scintillating century against Chennai Super Kings goes in vain

John Small — The first man to use a straight bat

IPL 2014: Dwayne Bravo’s absence a major blow for Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Mumbai Indians Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad

Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL 2014: CSK 20/0 after 4 overs

Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings IPL 2014 Match 10: CSK 8/0 after 2 overs

Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Free Live Streaming Online IPL 2014

Live Cricket Score IPL 2014: Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) match 10 of IPL 7 at Dubai

Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Live Scorecard IPL 2014: Match 10 of IPL 7 at Dubai

Meg Lanning, Arran Brindle and other women cricketers who have led at a younger age than ther male counterparts

IPL 2013: Chris Gayle’s monumental 175 against Pune Warriors India

Aditya Verma waging war against BCCI for future of Bihar cricket

IPL 2014: Sunrisers Hyderabad need to have a relook at their top-heavy batting line-up

Hasan Raza: The youngest Test debutant

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Arvind Kejriwal and wife declare assets worth over Rs 2 crore

Anupam Kher and Rakesh Sharma’s war of words on Modi and Gujarat riots documentary intensifies!

Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings IPL 2014 Match 10: CSK 8/0 after 2 overs

Drew Barrymore and husband welcome second child – a baby girl! Watch video

Google Street View now lets users go back in time

Amazon takes on Flipkart, offers self service registration to sellers

Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL 2014:

Sangram Singh to host a show on Channel V

Also on cricketcountry.com