England all-rounder Ben Stokes has reclaimed his vice-captaincy in Test squad after his latest brilliance at the World Cup. Stokes believes “not trying to please everyone” has helped him regain his lost post in the team.
In 2017 followed by a controversial night at Bristol, Stokes was removed from the role. He missed five months of international cricket for the same affray. Jos Buttler had been working as the deputy of the Test team since then although Stokes was cleared of affray last year. Now after his major contributions in the recently concluded showpiece event he has been rehired for the leadership role. The way he helped Eoin Morgan throughout the event and the maturity he showed in the finale proved his ability to guide the team from the front.
According to the Player-of-the-Tournament, the news of being replaced in the role of vice-captain had hurt him. But he believes that he has matured with time and stopped trying to please everyone which he used to do earlier. “One thing I have stopped trying to do is please everyone, which is probably a downfall I would look back on. I’m not a different person. I think maturing is the best way of saying it and having an understanding of a lot more things,” said Stokes. Resuming his career as vice-captain with The Ashes is exciting and Stokes is looking forward to work with Joe Root, the captain of England Test team yet again. “To have it (the role of vice-captain) back just before the Ashes, I’m super excited. Joe [and I work really well together.He doesn’t have a yes man stood next to him – I’ll tell him what I think!”
Speaking to BBC Stokes opined that Ashes 2019 would be remembered for the batsmen. “The batsmen are going to win the Ashes for either side. If two or three of our batters can get 300 or 400 runs in the series, then the bowlers do their thing, I think that’s the key.”
England were beaten 4-0 down under in the last Ashes although ironically they have never lost a home series to the Aussies since 2001. To the 28-year-old England star, the home condition matters. “I don’t know if people take it for granted but being at home is the best thing to get everything recharged and ready for a series like we’ve got coming up.” The World Cup winning all-rounder said winning the Ashes would be the icing on the cake after the first World Cup triumph. “We’ve done 50% of what we wanted to achieve. We desperately want to win the Ashes back and seriously turn over the Aussies.”