Steve Harmison thinks Ben Stokes is good enough to be compared to the legendary all rounder Andrew Flintoff.
But, the former fast bowler has urged the England team management to let the Durham player express himself and not make him curb his natural instincts.
According to Harmison, Stokes, just like Flintoff, is a free flowing player and he can succeed at the international level only by playing the way he knows. The coaches should not try to transform his game even if he plays a bad shot or two every now and then.
Speaking about Stokes yesterday, Harmison said, “Ben has got significant amount of ability in all the departments of the game. He can do so much for England in future only if the management doesn’t try to tinker with his style of play. He has that natural aggression in him and he loves to attack the opposition either he is batting or bowling. If he is asked to stop playing in that manner, he would lose his way.”
“If Ben is playing at his best, England automatically becomes a balanced side because he can be that fifth bowler and we all have already seen how good he is with the bat on his day.”
“I am not someone who likes comparisons, but, I must say that Ben is a bit like Freddie and I have told that to Freddie himself. I have told him that I see him in this young bloke.”
Stokes lost his place in the England test side last summer after registering three successive ducks to his name in the first two test matches against India. He is still very much in England’s World Cup plans though. He has travelled to Sri Lanka with the Three Lions’ One Day International squad.