- Stokes has been in and out of the team for some time now.
- Stokes’ recent performance hasn’t been up to expectations
- Stokes has not been able to do anything special in the current Ashes series so far
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels Ben Stokes lacks the aggression that used to intimidate opposition teams and is showing excessive defensive play in the ongoing Ashes series. Ponting criticized England captain Joe Root, Stokes and Jos Buttler for easily losing wickets in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test. England are 0-2 behind in the series.
Ponting told ‘cricket.com.au’, ‘He is playing very defensively. That Stokes was not visible, whose aggressive gesture used to scare the opposing teams. The reason for this is understandable. One is the conditions are not conducive for batting and secondly he is facing the best bowlers.
Ponting said that Stokes will have to give up the traditional approach to get England out of trouble. He said, ‘But I think you cannot sit quietly with your hands on your hands. In such a situation, these bowlers will definitely create pressure. When I used to play in the team, we often used to say that the better the bowler, the more risk the batsman has to take because no bad ball is going to be found.
He said that the poor performance of the England batsmen has put pressure on Stokes. According to Ponting, ‘Coming down to number five, he knows how important it is to score his runs. That’s why he’s putting in extra effort. But sending batsmen with weaker technique above him is beyond comprehension. I think technically Stokes is the second best player after Joe Root.