Ben Stokes has played down any comparisons with former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff following his Man of the Match display in the third Test against South Africa at the Kennington Oval.
“I’ve always said that when the comparisons started flying at me, I’m not trying to be anyone else except myself,” he said. “Some of the spells Flintoff produced when playing for England were amazing to watch. But I really don’t know what to say.”
“As long as I can produce the moments for the team that swing it our way and it means we’re going to win, that’s all I’m trying to do,” Stokes said. “Looking back over this Test, the thing is we have managed to go 2-1 up in the series, right the wrongs from Trent Bridge with the way the game has gone but all that matters to me is winning the game.”
Trevor Bayliss’ comments following the third Test victory – he does not think England need eight batsmen in their team which they had at the Oval – Liam Dawson could come in to contention to bat at number eight but that will depend on conditions. The selection of the left-arm spinner would, however, give England six bowling options which also gives the side an unbalanced feel.
“We just hope that when it comes to the game in Manchester, we can put in a performance like the one just gone,” Stokes said. “But even when we have bad times, we can never look back at our preparation and think we could have done better.”