Not at all mate. This is what Wisden said of the innings when asking if it was England's greatest ever innings.This has to be sarcasm
We must have watched a different innings. Stokes at Headingly was mostly a procession of mis-timed slogs falling into gaps with occassional decent shots in between. Not to mention the plumb lbw given not out. With average luck he would have been out 10 times.Not at all mate. This is what Wisden said of the innings when asking if it was England's greatest ever innings.
'Of England Test innings that have been reported on widely enough to merit inclusion here, arguably only two can challenge Stokes: Pietersen’s 158 at The Oval on the last afternoon of the 2005 Ashes, and – a few weeks after Headingley – Botham’s 118 off 102 balls at Old Trafford, where he hooked Dennis Lillee without a helmet.'
Now I was at Old Trafford for the Botham innings and saw KPs on the TV. Stokes' innings topped them for me.
It's a subjective opinion. I think Stokes innings was the best I've seen, you clearly don't which is fair enough.
It is a big call - Kallis' record is superior to Stokes'. Kallis is very much under valued - his stats are fantastic.Stokes over Kallis is a big call.
“England representative” would be better wording.It is a big call - Kallis' record is superior to Stokes'. Kallis is very much under valued - his stats are fantastic.
But I went for Stokes over Kallis on a gut feel. In an ATG side of players I'd seen, I felt I had enough batting and bowling options and wanted a player like Stokes who could play an innings that even someone like Kallis probably couldn't.
Is Kallis a better cricketer than Stokes - you'd have to say yes but I felt Stoke could do things Kallis couldn't.
Plus I couldn't pick a ATG team and not have one English player in it
Both good calls & O'Reilly ahead of Flintoff. Still great batting depth with Stokes at 7 & Hadlee 8 which you need with those bunnys at 9,10 & jackHerbert Sutcliffe (Hoover) over Lawry opens up O'Reilly as spinner
I'm a huge Martin Crowe fan, but Joe (Biden) Root at 4.Both good calls & O'Reilly ahead of Flintoff. Still great batting depth with Stokes at 7 & Hadlee 8 which you need with those bunnys at 9,10 & jack
John Berry 'Jack' Hobbs (Tyler)
Herbert Sutcliffe (Hoover)
Donald Bradman* (Trump)
Martin Crowe (Van Buren)
George Headley (Washington)
Abraham de Villiers+ (Lincoln)
Benjamin Stokes 3 (Harrison)
Richard Hadlee 1 (Nixon)
Bill O'Reilly 5 (Clinton)
James Anderson 2 (Munroe)
James Laker 4 (Garfield)