Michael Atherton feels the England The Test side without Ben Stokes will be more exhausted than the T20 side without the versatile player. Stokes withdrew from the Test series In the to take care of his mental well-being; his break with cricket has expanded as the versatile player is also unavailable for the T20 World Cup.
England had a disappointing Test summer: they lost to New Zealand and were then 2-1 behind India before the fifth Test was called off. On the other hand, despite the absence of the superstar versatile player, Eoin Morgan’s white ball team remains one of the favorites for the T20 World Cup.
As the As this time was destined for Australia, where England have yet to win a single Test on their last two tours, Michael Atherton believes it will be a problem to balance the team in the absence of Stokes.
In his column for The Times, Michael Atherton wrote: ‘If Stokes are absent all winter, it will hurt the chances of England more than their T20 prospects. Without him, balancing the side remains problematic, true all-rounders of the class are a rarity.
‘His plight underscores the extreme demands on multiformat players, which exacerbates Covid. Events in Manchester on Friday indicate that nothing can be predicted with the greatest certainty about winter. ”
Michael Atherton calls the positives for England this summer
The ‘princely form’ of Captain Joe Root was England’s big takeaway of the summer. Root hit three centuries in four Tests scoring 564 runs at an average of 94.
While James Anderson, with 15 wickets, once again shows his timelessness, the rise of Ollie Robinson (21 wickets) will give management confidence when they tour Australia.
“Root’s princely form was the biggest plus point from the tests, along with the debut of Ollie Robinson and the continued excellence of James Anderson. Both Robinson and Anderson will now take a well-deserved rest, while Robinson has retired with 28 wickets from his first five Tests. “If Stuart Broad does not recover in time for the Ashes, his loss will not be felt as strongly,” said the 53-year-old former captain.
Meanwhile, some of the English players — Jonny Bairstow, David Malan, and Chris Woakes — withdrew from the second half of the IPL 2021 to stay away from the bio bubble. They will all take part in the T20 World Cup and will probably also tour Australia for the ashes.