Ben Stokes left feeling ‘rubbish’ by Joe Root’s brilliance despite 82

  • Stokes shines against India in first Test since August
  • England captain ‘makes everyone else look not very good’

Ben Stokes overcame a challenging six-month absence from Test cricket with a blistering assault on India and yet Joe Root becoming the first player to mark their 100th cap with a double century still left the all‑rounder feeling “rubbish”.

Stokes left the England bubble in August to be with his late father, Ged, who had cancer. And though he did feature in the Indian Premier League and a Twenty20 series in South Africa before Christmas, the 29-year-old came into the first Test in Chennai with no red-ball cricket behind him and just a handful of days in the nets after clearing quarantine.

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