Ben Stokes, the captain of England’s Test team, has praised young batsman Harry Brook and predicted that the middle-order star could cause selectors headaches in the future. In the just-finished third Test match between Australia and Pakistan at the National Bank Arena in Karachi, Brook struck the game-winning century.
His 111-run performance in the first innings enabled the Three Lions to surpass Pakistan’s 304-run total. The hosts were outscored by 354 runs and held a 50-run advantage. In the process of England defeating the hosts by eight wickets and blanking them 3-0, Brook’s boasted of winning the match’s Player of the Match title.
“It is exactly what you want when you’re picking a team. You want to have decisions that are hard. Who to pick? You know. You much rather be in that situation than not. But Brooky has been outstanding in this series. The way which he has played, the way he has taken the game on, and the number of runs he has scored,” said Ben Stokes while addressing the media after the conclusion of the Pakistan Test series.
“The strike rate that he has scored at is incredible to watch. He is a very switched-on man with the bat. The end of this year obviously finished off a great summer for England. To think about all the runs he has scored for Yorkshire and to get into the team at the back end due to an unfortunate injury to Jonny (Bairstow). To come out here and play in the way he has done and show the world what he is all about is good for us going forward. He will be giving the selectors a migraine. And Baz has a migraine as well. He has been awesome,” he added.
Brook was also a member of the England team that triumphed at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 last month in Australia. In the Three Lions’ middle order without ace batter Jonny Bairstow, he is doing a fantastic job. After injuring his leg while playing golf in September, Bairstow is currently out of commission and was ultimately unable to compete in the T20 World Cup.