‘Ben Stokes is a VERY, VERY, VERY good captain’: Aussie great Adam Gilchrist leads praise for England and their skipper after a historic series win in Pakistan… as the Test side continues its rampant form just six months out from the Ashes
- England sealed a superb series victory in Pakistan after winning the second Test
- Ben Stokes trusted his quicks as England bowled Pakistan out to win by 26 runs
- Adam Gilchrist took to social media to heap praise on Stokes for his leadership
- Former Test captain Michael Vaughan also lauded England after the series win
- England seem to be building momentum ahead of the home Ashes series in June
Australia legend Adam Gilchrist has heaped praise on Ben Stokes following England’s historic series victory in Pakistan, with the captain now eight Test wins from nine leading up to the Ashes next summer.
Pakistan needed an unlikely 355 runs to level the series and looked to be well on their way ahead of lunch, just 65 runs short with four wickets in hand.
Yet, as Stokes turned to Mark Wood before the break, the fast bowler took two crucial wickets to set up an enthralling final session.
England sealed a sensational series victory in Pakistan as Ben Stokes’ side won the second Test
Ollie Robinson took the final wicket of Mohammad Ali to hand England a superb win by 26 runs
England’s quicks swiftly toppled over Pakistan’s tail to triumph by 26 runs and record their third series win in the country since first touring there in 1961-62.
Soon after Ollie Robinson dismissed Mohammad Ali to seal the victory, Gilchrist took to social media to praise Stokes’ leadership.
‘Ben Stokes is a very, very, very good captain,’ the former Australian wicket keeper batsman insisted.
Michael Vaughan (L) and Adam Gilchrist (R) were full of praise after England’s performance
Former Australia cricket star Gilchrist described Stokes as a ‘very, very, very good captain’
Meanwhile, ex-England Test captain Michael Vaughan also took to Twitter to praise the team
Ex-England Test captain Michael Vaughan added: ‘Great Test match. Pakistan did so well to get back into the game but winning a series in Pakistan is an incredible achievement.
‘One of the hardest places to win. England are a brilliant Test team to watch, plus they once again got the selection spot on.’
Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer said: ‘They took quite a few risks and the reward is a historic series win! Congratulations Ben Stokes and England.’
Several personalities outside cricket were keen to heap praise on the captain and team.
Ex-Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer heaped praise on England for taking risks during the Test
Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan also took to social media to laud England after the stunning win
England football legend and BBC presenter Gary Lineker posted: ‘Another superb Test match. Another terrific victory for England. Well played.’
Piers Morgan added: ‘Another sensational Test win for England. There’s no stopping Captain Fantastic Ben Stokes and his brilliant swashbuckling side, no challenge too insurmountable.
‘They can beat anyone from any position and do it in such thrilling fearless style. Love it.’
Captain Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum have now sealed eight Test wins in nine
England meet New Zealand for two Tests in February and have a one-off Test match against Ireland in early June before facing Australia in the Ashes next summer.
Spirits were at an all-time low in English red ball cricket following their crushing 4-0 Ashes defeat by Australia in January, but a change of leadership with Stokes as captain and Brendon McCullum as first team coach has since brought eight wins in nine Tests – with only South Africa managing to triumph once against the new guard.
England’s new aggressive style with the bat and confident leadership in the field promises to set up an exciting home Ashes series in June.