On Friday, England’s stand-in skipper Ben Stokes went on to register the record of being second-fastest all-rounder to reach the Test double of 4,000 runs and 150 wickets. He managed to surpass the milestone achieved the feat during the third day of the first Test match between England and West Indies at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
With the dismissal of Alzarri Joseph, Stokes joined an elite list of comprising of former England all-rounder Ian Botham and four other greats of the game in the club of 4,000 Test runs and 150-plus wickets. He finished with the figures of 4-49 in his 14 overs including five maiden overs.
The 29-year-old all-rounder reached the milestone in 64 Tests and now he is only second with the West Indies legend Gary Sobers who achieved the feat in 63 Tests.
Apart from Sobers and Stokes, former South African stalwart, Jacques Kallis, India’s Kapil Dev, and former New Zealand skipper, Daniel Vettori are also on the list.
Earlier in the first innings, Stokes played a knock of 43 runs, the highest for his team, and helped the host to reach a total of 204 runs. West Indies managed to register a score of 318, taking a 114-run lead. England will resume their play from 15/0 on day four with Rory Burns and Dom Sibley unbeaten on 10 and 5 runs respectively.
On Wednesday, international cricket resumed after a forced gap of 117 days due to the coronavirus as England and Windies team took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement with an intense cloud clover in Southampton. England stand-in captain Ben Stokes won the toss after the rain delay and he decided to bat first but just after three overs, another rain interruption occurred.