Ben Stokes becomes first England all-rounder since Andrew Flintoff to be named world No 1 as his sensational man-of-the-match display against West Indies sees him overtake Jason Holder in the rankings
- Ben Stokes is now officially the best all-rounder in world cricket
- Stokes scored 176 and 78 not out and claimed three wickets in second Test
- His outstanding efforts have seen hum surpass West Indies’ Jason Holders
- He is the first Englishman to get to the summit since Andrew Flintoff 14 years ago
Ben Stokes is now officially the best all-rounder in the world following his extraordinary performance in England’s series-levelling win over West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old struck scores of 176 and 78 not out and also claimed three wickets to surpass West Indies captain Jason Holder, a long-term occupier of the position, as the No 1 in the ICC’s Test rankings.
Stokes’ man-of-the-match display has seen him take a 38-point lead over Holder – who had sat atop the all-rounder category for 18 months – into the final Test of the #raisethebat series starting in Manchester on Friday.
England star Ben Stokes is now officially the best all-rounder in world cricket
Stokes put in a man-of-the-match display to haul England past the West Indies in Manchester
He is the first Englishman to get to the summit since Andrew Flintoff 14 years ago and the Test vice-captain has also risen to joint-third in the batting standings alongside Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne following his rich form since international cricket returned behind closed doors a fortnight ago.
Only Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are ahead of Stokes while he has moved ahead of renowned batting duo Joe Root and Kane Williamson.
Meanwhile, Stuart Broad, who was not picked for the opening Test, has returned to the top 10 after claiming three wickets in each innings.
Broad, 34, is now England’s top-ranked bowler, one place ahead of James Anderson, who was rested for the second match of three.
He is the first Englishman to be the best all-rounder in world cricket since Andrew Flintoff
Stokes’ extraordinary performance has seen him usurp West Indies captain Jason Holder
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