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CRICKET – Ben Stokes


All-rounder Ben Stokes is a “freak cricketer” who can be an England match-winner for years to come, according to former captain Michael Vaughan.

Stokes, 26, produced a Test-best 6-22 as West Indies were all out for 123 on day one of the deciding Test at Lord’s.

The hosts stumbled to 46-4 by the close, with Stokes 13 not out.

Vaughan, speaking on BBC Test Match Special, said the Durham player is a “very, very special cricketer” who is capable of producing “magic”.

Stokes has taken 95 wickets in his 39 Test matches, as well as hitting six hundreds and 11 fifties.

Vaughan said: “England have got a freak cricketer. They are very fortunate to have him because he will win games of cricket in every format for years to come.

“He might even win this match.”

Stokes took his six wickets in a superb 14.3-over spell of swing bowling either side of tea, after the tourists opted to bat in overcast conditions.


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