New Delhi. The first match of the Ashes series 2023 will be played between England and Australia a few hours from now. The Edgbaston ground will host the first Test of the series. With the current form of the Pat Cummins brigade and the team’s win in the WTC final, Australia are being touted as favorites to win the Ashes, but England are also going to impress everyone with their performance at home. Capable of surprising. For the first time in the Ashes, the England team will be captained by Ben Stokes, whose ‘juggling’ with coach Brendon McCullum has inspired players to play aggressive cricket.
Talking about England, the performance of Stokes in the series will prove to be very important for England. Stocks could play only a few matches in IPL-2023 and due to fitness problem, he did not even bowl. However, now he is available for bowling and will prove to be useful for the team as an all-rounder.
Need 6 wickets to complete 200 wickets
A big record in the Ashes series awaits this left-handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler. Stokes has so far taken 194 wickets in 92 Tests at an average of 32.10. Taking six wickets, he will join the club of selected cricketers who have scored 200 wickets and 4000 runs in Test cricket. Stokes has 5712 runs in Tests in his name with 12 centuries and 28 half-centuries and his average is 35.92.
Shakib reached this landmark in the least test
So far in Test cricket, six players have scored 4000 or more runs with 200 wickets, Garfield Sobers of West Indies, Ian Botham of England, Kapil Dev of India, New Zealand Daniel Vettori of India, Jacques Kallis of South Africa and Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh are included. By taking six wickets, Stokes will become the seventh player to achieve this feat. Shakib Al Hasan has achieved this special achievement in the lowest 59 Tests.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 16, 2023, 08:48 IST