Bayliss excited about Stokes’ future


England coach Trevor Bayliss has heaped praise on allrounder Ben Stokes, saying he has the potential to be the next big thing in English cricket.

The 24 year-old Stokes took six wickets in the second innings of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge as he bowled England to victory not only in the Test but to regain the Ashes urn from their rivals.

While stopping short of comparing Stokes to great England allrounders of the past like Ian Botham and Flintoff, which has been the curse of so many before, Bayliss was still glowing about the New Zealand-born player.

As he showed in the second innings in Nottingham, Stokes has the rare ability to swing the ball both ways. Only leading bowler James Anderson possessed that quality but Stokes has joined him since being introduced in the England side.

Bayliss said: "We don't want to put too much expectation on him. We don't want to say he's going to be the next Botham, or the next Flintoff. He'll be the next Ben Stokes.

"His batting is right up there. And with his bowling, as we've seen here, he could be another Jimmy Anderson.

"I'm sure we'll all enjoy watching where he'll end up, and the performances he puts on the board over the next 10 to 15 years. I'm looking forward to it."

The fifth and final Ashes Test takes place at the Oval on 20 August.