Moeen Ali on Ben Stokes: We're watching a legend in the making here

Moeen Ali opens up on Ben Stokes' knock against Australia at Headingley and more
Moeen Ali on Ben Stokes: We're watching a legend in the making hereMoeen Ali on Ben Stokes: We're watching a legend in the making here
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According to Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes is the greatest all-rounder England has ever produced. He also called Stokes the best cricketer he has ever played with after his breathtaking innings of 135* in the most remarkable circumstances. His knock helped England level the five-match Ashes series and has given them a chance of regaining the Ashes.

"He is the best cricketer I have played alongside and while it might be a massive shout and admittedly he is a very close friend - I would argue he is now the greatest all-rounder this country has ever produced. I know there are past greats like Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff but we're watching another legend in the making here. When everyone woke up on Sunday morning there was a sense that England could do something very special. I followed the run chase throughout the day but with two runs to win I had to be peeled away from the TV screen in the dressing room to go out and bat for Worcestershire in our T20 game against Lancashire," wrote Moeen Ali for the Guardian.

Moeen Ali also said that Stokes was stopping games around the country.

"The thing is, none of it surprised  me. Stokesy has always had the talent and potential. My beliefs are that good people who work hard get their rewards. There will be struggle at times and hurdles along the way - life throws up all sorts - but in the end, you will prevail if you stick to the right path."

"It may surprise people when I follow this by saying he was already a mature guy at just 22, with a young family. And what I liked about him was that he treated everyone the same. It didn't matter who you were, your background or what you looked like, he always had time for you. We hit it off straight away."

"Just before the incident in Bristol in 2017 I really thought that he was coming into his own as a cricketer. That set him back a bit but since then he has become more aware of his surroundings and responsibilities. He has the Test vice-captaincy back now but he doesn't need a label, because he leads any team he plays in regardless."

"What we witnessed on Sunday wasn't a fluke, it was the result of the hard work I mentioned. Seriously, you will not find a cricketer more dedicated to self-improvement. He trains at 100mph and is just unrelenting with it. And over time it has made him into the player you see today. Those mammoth bowling spells at Headingley are testament to that."

Moeen Ali also credited Jack Leach for sticking around with Ben Stokes. In fact, it was Leach who replaced Moeen Ali in the third Test at Headingley.

"The decision to give him the nod over myself after Edgbaston was one I couldn't argue with. All I care about is England doing well and if that means I'm looking on for a bit, I won't lose any sleep. Whatever happens will happen and I will support Leachy and the boys regardless," wrote Moeen Ali.

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