#sports Lord Botham: England captain Ben Stokes wants to push the game to new limits... It's exciting

#sports Lord Botham: England captain Ben Stokes wants to push the game to new limits… It’s exciting

#sports activities Lord Botham: England captain Ben Stokes wants to push the game to new limits… It’s exciting

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Ben Stokes wants his England aspect to push Test cricket to new limits… it’s EXCITING: True to his personal buccaneering model of cricket, LORD BOTHAM tells PAUL NEWMAN why he is absolutely behind Bazball

  • The England legend dismisses comparisons between himself and Ben Stokes
  • Stokes’s England need to play in the identical fearless approach as Botham in his pomp
  • it’s a methodology that positive aspects the full approval of Stokes’s chairman at Durham 

Lord Botham dismisses the query as simply as swatting Dennis Lillee away into the Old Trafford stands throughout the better of his two Ashes centuries in the fabled summer season of 1981. 

Clearly, he has been requested earlier than whether or not Ben Stokes is the first of the many England all-rounders since he graced the world game to actually deserve the label of the ‘new Botham’.

‘Look, you can’t examine yesteryear to at this time. It’s all so completely different,’ says the man who stays the biggest English cricketer of all of them. ‘Put it this way, I love watching Ben play. The one thing we have in common is we both emptied bars rather than filled them!’

England legend Lord Botham dismisses comparisons with all-rounder Ben Stokes

England legend Lord Botham dismisses comparisons with all-rounder Ben Stokes

#sports Lord Botham: England captain Ben Stokes wants to push the game to new limits... It's exciting

It is a topical level when Stokes’s England are decided to play in the identical ultra-positive, fearless approach that characterised Botham in his pomp.

Not surprisingly, it’s a methodology that positive aspects the full approval of Stokes’s chairman at Durham.

‘I didn’t count on anything from Ben,’ Botham tells Sportsmail. ‘When you spend time with him you see he is a winner, highly competitive and wants to push the game to new limits.

‘It’s going to be exciting with him and Brendon McCullum in cost. What extra might you need if you’re strolling into that dressing room than to see them in there?

Stokes’s England want to play in the same way that characterised Botham in his pomp

Stokes’s England need to play in the identical approach that characterised Botham in his pomp

‘It has got to be a magnificent boost. Everybody would like to play in that sort of environment and to a degree we did in my day.

‘It must be like the West Indies dressing room of the 1980s. Can you imagine walking into that? The atmosphere? I think that’s what shall be taking place with this England aspect. Guys will need to be there, they are going to need to be a part of it and can need to play for England.’

Botham is adamant Stokes and England won’t be deterred from their strategies in Thursday’s second Test in Manchester regardless of their humbling at Lord’s final week.

‘The way England are playing is absolutely important to the future of Test cricket,’ he says. ‘Go out there and believe, with the sole object of winning the game.

Botham scored two centuries in the famous Ashes series victory over Australia in 1981

Botham scored two centuries in the famous Ashes series victory over Australia in 1981

‘You will lose the odd one playing like that, as we saw at Lord’s, however we have now additionally seen already that even when they concede an enormous first-innings lead they’ll sail previous it. I simply suppose it’s a breath of recent air.

‘I don’t suppose they are going to have any issues hitting again at Old Trafford. They have a special mentality now and let issues go, they don’t hold on to destructive stuff.

‘If you look at the England side of the last couple of years the mindset was so poor. I keep on thinking back to that Lord’s Test final yr in opposition to New Zealand after we had an opportunity to chase a rating down and didn’t even make an try at it.’

Botham, at 66, is as busy as ever even since stepping down from Sky. His wine enterprise is flourishing. ‘Like everyone in the industry there is an issue with getting the grapes but we are looking at some new wines. I’m loving it,’ he says.

And we communicate when he has simply stepped into the world of expertise to launch a new NFT assortment. ‘It’s like a stroll via my life right into a digital world, a bit like a corridor of fame,’ he says. ‘It’s fairly one thing.’

The 66-year-old is as busy as ever with a flourishing wine business and new NFT collection

The 66-year-old is as busy as ever with a flourishing wine enterprise and new NFT assortment

Then there’s his work at Durham the place, unsurprisingly, he might be discovered banging the drum for red-ball cricket in an ever rising white-ball world. ‘We have to find a balance,’ he says.

‘Red-ball cricket should be played throughout the summer but at the moment we have pushed it to the fringes. We need to wake up before it’s too late.’

So what would Botham’s message be ought to Sir Andrew Strauss, as anticipated, search to scale back the variety of Championship matches in the high-performance assessment he’s due to ship to the counties subsequent month?

‘That would be a massive mistake,’ provides Botham. ‘It would be bull**** to reduce the Championship. And I’ve instructed Straussy that to his face.’

He has been warned.

Ian Botham is unveiling his NFT assortment on the world’s first metaverse protocol powered with decentralised rendering expertise: t.me/beefyfinance

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