England quick bowler Stuart Broad stated that each one-rounder Ben Stokes is the best player he has ever played with and Steve Smith is the best he has played against. Broad stated that the influence that Stokes tends to have on a match in each division provides him the nod over the others he has played with.
“I feel very lucky to have the option to name a few here but, if I thought about three or four, I might get to between 10-15,” Broad is quoted as saying by Daily Mail in a query-reply column within the English information outlet.
“So, being brutally strict, I would have to say Ben Stokes is the best I have played with, for the positive impact he can have on games with bat, ball and in the field,” stated Broad.
“As for against? I have yet to figure out the best way to bowl at Steve Smith. He makes life tough for bowlers and has a huge hunger for big scores.”
Both Smith and Stokes starred within the 2019 Ashes. Smith was taking part in his first Test collection since being banned from all cricket after the 2018 ball-tampering fiasco and smashed a whopping 774 runs within the collection as Australia retained the Ashes.
Stokes was the very best run-scorer for England with 441 and famously scored an unbeaten 135 in Headingley Test which included a whirlwind 76-run stand for the final wicket with Jack Leach. The latter solely contributed one run within the partnership and England gained the Test by one wicket.