RORY BURNS’ football injury reminded me of when Jimmy Anderson went over on his ankle in New Zealand in 2008.
The next day he took so many painkillers, he was able to bowl and help us win — just so we could keep playing football beforehand.
Within the group, morale-wise, it was possibly the most important thing we ever had.
I remember when Peter Moores came in for his spell managing the first time round. Morale was rock bottom and we played touch rugby instead. I hated it.
I pulled a thigh muscle twice doing it. We were shockingly bad. I never got injured playing football.
People will get injured warming up, whatever you do.
If the injuries outweigh the mental positives you get from it, then cut it down.
They play football every single day and they’ve had very few injuries.
I think it’s a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to get rid of it after Burns had to have surgery on ruptured ankle ligaments following a tumble chasing the ball — but I understand it does give people kittens.
Every cricketer is a frustrated footballer. If I was there, I wouldn’t ban it.
On the cricket field, Ben Stokes has proven he is a proper all-rounder.
I know people have always had that tagline of best since Ian Botham, and it has dogged and ruined many people. But he is.
He’s the most talented all-rounder I’ve ever played cricket with.
People vastly underestimate how good he is with the ball. He can get movement through the air and off the pitch at pace.
With the bat, he can be gung-ho, he can be cautious. He knows how to time an innings.
He’s also an incredible fielder. He has taken the best slip catch I’ve ever seen, that one off Broady at Trent Bridge in the Ashes Test against Australia in 2015.
Ben’s also taken the best outfield catch I’ve ever witnessed at The Oval during the World Cup against South Africa. He robbed the Australians at Headingley and won the World Cup final. He has had a stellar year.
He is very similar to Botham in the sense his life is written like a Hollywood film. The last two years, by anyone’s standards, have been ridiculous but he has taken it all in his stride.
I saw him briefly when he won Sports Personality of the Year and he looked more confused than anything else.
He looked embarrassed to be up there because he is not the sort of bloke who wants to be on the front page.
He is a very humble bloke and wants to be known for his cricket and that’s what he’s doing.
Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson celebrate after winning the Ashes in 2007 in Australia[/caption]
Nobody can ever question his commitment, which is a massive thing. There has been some superstar players in the past where you think ‘he couldn’t give a t*** here, he’s drifting’.
He wears his heart on his sleeve, he’s a captain’s dream. What an athlete.
I hope they NEVER make him captain because I don’t want him burdened by it.
He would bowl himself into the ground — he is that type of character.
Knowing Alastair Cook as well as I did, I saw everything extra he had to go through as captain.
All the extra team meetings, off-field stuff and worry about every facet of the game.
As a normal player you can switch off for two of the innings. I went on record straightaway and said I wished they had never made Joe captain.
I think it has affected his batting and therefore affected the team, especially with a weak top three.
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I’d rather there was another viable option. I don’t like him being captain, I think he is brilliant as a batsman.
He’s not performing brilliantly with the bat because of the burden of captaincy.
I don’t think he is a bad captain. It just affects his batting more than the positives of his captaincy.
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