Ben Stokes is quite the cricketer.
An all-rounder with no real weaknesses to his game, the Englishman has the ability to make vital contributions in every game he participates in with either bat or ball.
His talent has seen him break a number of records; for example he holds the record for the fastest ever Test match 250, as well as the highest ever score for a Test batsman batting at six.
He was again at his imperious best in England's Test match against South Africa, where he played a crucial role in ensuring his country emerged victorious by 239 runs.
His man-of-the-match performance attracted yet more praise, including comparisons to Freddie Flintoff by his England teammate Stuart Broad.
Although Stokes admitted it was 'nice' to be compared to the England great, he was also quick to distance himself to such comparisons.
England's Test vice-captain stated: “I suppose it’s always nice getting compared to that guy.
“Some of the spells he produced when playing for England were amazing to watch. But I don’t really know what to say other than it’s nice getting compliments from your team-mates.
“I’ve always said that, when the comparisons started flying at me, I’m not trying to be anyone else except myself.
“As long as I can produce the moments for the team that swing games our way, that’s all I want.
“I’m not trying to live up to anyone else’s reputation. I’m just trying to do what I do and keep putting in good performances.”
Even though Stokes was flattered by Broad's comments, the stats have proven that the England star has more impressive numbers in almost every category when compared to Flintoff.
When comparing their stats through 35 Tests, the 26-year-old has accumulated over 550 runs more than Flintoff, whilst also having a higher batting average.
He is also vastly superior in the bowling department; Stokes had taken 17 more wickets and had four more five wicket hauls than Flintoff did after 35 Tests.
Stokes' impressive numbers can mostly be attributed to his desire to give his utmost best whenever he participates in the sport.
The all-rounder added: “Whether I have a bat or ball in my hand, I always try to give everything. I try to get in a battle with a batsman to stir myself up.
"People say, ‘He gives 150 per cent’ but you can only really give 100 per cent! That’s what I always try to do."
If Stokes continues to give all he can in cricket and constantly improve, there is no doubt that he would go down as one of England's greatest ever cricketers upon his retirement.
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