England star Stokes says Brook can emulate Kohli’s all-format success

Ben Stokes believes Harry Brook can emulate Virat Kohli’s all-format batting dominance after the England youngster impressed again in Pakistan.

The Yorkshire Brook slugger played a key role as England secured their first Test series win in Pakistan in 22 years following a hard-fought 26-point win at Multan on Monday.

The 23-year-old managed just nine runs in the first leg but responded with 109 in the second – the only century of the second Test – to help England take an unassailable 2-0 series lead .

This form comes as no surprise given that Brook exploded 153 and 87 in Rawalpindi, with his international red ball average standing at an impressive 73.8 over five innings.

Still, Stokes believes this is just the start for Brook, who he believes will shine in all formats of cricket as he likens the England slugger to India’s great Kohli.

“After the summer he had last year, to get all the big-ups before he made his debut, to come here and do that kind of performance again was just phenomenal,” Stokes told Sky Sports.

“He’s one of those rare players that you watch in every format and you can see him succeed everywhere.

“It’s a huge shout out, but Virat Kohli is one of those guys where his technique is so simple and works everywhere. The pressure he puts back on the opposition is exactly what we’re looking for.”

Brook racked up just 56 runs, averaging just 11.2 in six innings, as England won their second T20 World Cup in Australia.

The mid-ranked hitter has impressed in the shortest format for England in his 20 outings, hoping he will find himself in Jos Buttler’s Cricket World Cup squad at 50 in India in 2023.

Stokes doesn’t anticipate the pressure impacting Brook’s form, given the comfortable manner in which he entered the Test side.

“The expectation on his shoulders coming into this team, because of his quality for Yorkshire, was obviously huge,” he said.

“But I think it shows that these kinds of things don’t really affect him. He’s a player whose technique is suited to all three formats, he always wants to look to put pressure back on the opponent, and he won another game for England.

“[He made a] huge contribution last week, and the cent he scored here was obviously huge for us getting that big lead.

“He’s a fairly simple lad to lead: he goes about his business, loves his stick, constantly wants to improve, constantly work on it. He’s a fairly easy guy to have in his dressing room.”

Jonny Bairstow’s injury has offered Brook the chance to take on the number five role for Stokes, with the England Test captain acknowledging he’s blessed with a wealth of batting talent.

“We’re very, very lucky with how we can replace Jonny, to bring in Harry, because those two, the No. 5 at bat, they’re both going about it the exact same way,” he added.

“They bring so much to the team and obviously Harry is playing like he has at the moment with Jonny not in the team, unfortunately that’s the best thing you could want.

“You want competition for places, you want a strong squad to choose from, and you want those headaches when it comes to the final XI every week, rather than saying ‘I don’t know who we’re going to pick. , let’s pick a name from the hat.’

“We’re definitely not in that situation, and we feel like all the bases are covered at the moment.”

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