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Ben Stokes’ England reminds me so much of Australia in the 1990s, says David Lloyd

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BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Ben Stokes’ England reminds me so much of ’90s Australia and the penny has clearly dropped with Ollie Robinson…but I can’t pretend this summer was easy for me

  • There has been a huge turnaround for English test cricket this summer
  • Ben Stokes led the charge and immediately stamped his authority on his side
  • I’m so glad England chooses the best people for the here and now
  • I expect two batters to be talked about as team members for the Pakistan series

It took England just 25 minutes on the final day of the decisive Test against South Africa to take a nine-wicket win against the Oval.

It means Ben Stokes’ men have won six of their seven home test matches this summer, marking a complete turnaround in their red ball fortune.

After England emphatically closed the home international summer, Sports post columnist David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd picks out his talking points.

England sealed a 2-1 series win against South Africa with a nine-wicket win over the Oval

Farewell to caution

There has been a huge turnaround for English test cricket this summer. Caution is gone and rightly so, because caution has never won Test matches.

There is now a new identity. Take the opposition, full in the face, and let’s see where that takes us.

There will be ups and downs and we all have to deal with them, but it’s refreshing and exciting.

We’re like Aussies!

Ben Stokes led the charge and immediately stamped his authority aside. Six of the seven results have come to him and his methods are visible to all.

This reminds me so much of Australia in the 1990s. Get your runs as fast as you can and leave it to the bowlers.

They had Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath but England also have a top quality attack.

Ben Stokes led the charge and immediately stamped his authority aside

Ben Stokes led the charge and immediately stamped his authority aside

Great Zak is attending

One of the most pleasing aspects is that in the end openers Zak Crawley and Alex Lees came to the party.

They had one last chance in these last innings and they took it. I have listened to Vernon Philander in Test Match Special and he has reminded us how hard it is to hit the Dukes ball in England. We must remember that.

To you, Mr Robinson

Another big plus for England in this series is Ollie Robinson.

The penny has clearly fallen on him that he needed to get fitter to make the most of his obvious talent as a bowler at the highest level.

Someone has clearly been in his ear and told him he could be a world class artist and he seems to have left and did what he had to do.

The penny dropped on Ollie Robinson to make the most of his obvious talent

The penny dropped on Ollie Robinson to make the most of his obvious talent

Hameed back in the picture

I am so happy that England chooses the best people for the here and now and lets the future take care of itself.

Now they are looking forward to their next Tests in Pakistan. I expect two batters to be talked about as team members.

Keaton Jennings and Haseeb Hameed have had decent county seasons and would complement this lineup.

Old firm on its way to Pakistan

And how about the old firm Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad? It now seems clear that they will be there for next year’s Ashes and Stokes will want them there.

So I expect they will both go to Pakistan as long as Stuart’s family situation allows. Pakistan has a good pace attack, so maybe bowlers will hold sway again.

I don’t expect dustbins, that’s for sure.

It seems clear that Jimmy Anderson (L) and Stuart Broad (R) will be there for next year's Ashes

It seems clear that Jimmy Anderson (L) and Stuart Broad (R) will be there for next year’s Ashes

I’m still standing…

It’s been another summer for me outside the comment box and I can’t pretend it’s been easy.

Of course I missed it and I haven’t been as good as I’d like either, but hopefully I’m on the mend.

It has been a pleasure to continue to bring you my thoughts in this little column and I have been overwhelmed with public support. Thanks everyone. I’m still standing!

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