All of that leaves Stokes, rushed in to captain the side, with a mix of players to choose from. England's superstar all-rounder was originally rested for this series and was recovering from a ...
1. Ian Botham. Sir Ian Botham OBE is not just one of England’s greatest all-rounders, he is one of world cricket’s greatest players. A fearsome right hand batter and fast-medium bowler, he was a very useful slip fielder as well.
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Tony Grieg is a batting all-rounder who bowled both medium pace and off spin. According to Pundits, Grieg is one of England’s leading international all-rounders. He is best remembered for the Run-out of Alvin Kalicharan. His batting average of 40.43 and bowling average of 32.20 shows the value he bought to the team.
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In reality, however, there are very few such players. England has been lucky to be blessed with superb all-rounders in the last 3 generations. Ian Botham was England’s match-winner in the 1980s and 1990s. Andrew Flintoff took over the mantle in the 2000s. Currently, Ben Stokes is England’s best all-rounder.
The key players who had their Test debut during this period include the great professional all-rounders George Ulyett (11), who played 25 Tests, and Billy Barnes (21), who played 21. England's Champion cricketer WG Grace (24) first played Test cricket in 1880.
Stokes' last Test was in March in England's 3-1 series defeat in India. Australia spinner Nathan Lyon expects England all-rounder Ben Stokes to play some part in the 2021-22 Ashes series.