London - Ben Stokes is flattered by comparisons with former
England captain Andrew Flintoff but would prefer forging his own path while
helping his team win more matches, the all-rounder has said.
Stokes was adjudged player of the match as England beat
South Africa by 239 runs in the third Test at the Oval to go 2-1 up in the
The 26-year-old hit a sparkling 112 in England's first
innings and took three wickets in the match, prompting paceman Stuart Broad to
compare Stokes with Flintoff.
"I don't really know what to say to that," Stokes
told reporters. "It's always nice being compared to that guy and some of
the spells he produced for England were amazing to watch. But I am not trying
to be anyone other than myself."
Flintoff played 79 Tests for England, averaging 31.77 with
the bat and took 226 wickets. Stokes has already matched the 39-year-old in
scoring five Tests centuries.
It might, however, not be a fair comparison between both all-rounders,
with Stokes being a better batsman while Flintoff was more effective with the
"All I'm trying to do is produce the moments for the team
that can swing it our way and mean we are going to win," Stokes said.
"I am not trying to live up to anyone else's
reputation. I am trying to do what I do and keep on putting in good