Originally Posted by Michelle Fivefer
Exactly what I was thinking. He was the only bright spot in the Ashes and as a result England are using him as if he is an experienced senior player. Giving him too many overs to bowl and promoting him to #3.
There has been an over-reaction to new players doing well at the beginning of their England careers. High praise from coach and captain, too much hype in the media. Look what's happened to Root; over-promoted and ultimately dropped, although in his case possibly only temporarily. They mustn't ruin Stokes as well.
I don't blame the media for what has happened to Root, that is ridiculous. What I do blame is the way England have used him in the last few months or so. He's shown fatigue given that he's barely missed a mtach and has of course been shunted around at the wrong times. That is the fault of the England management.
Stokes shouldn't have been bowling at the death nor been at no.3. That was muddled thinking too.