Moeen labels Stokes 'legend in the making'
Moeen Ali says Ben Stokes is "the greatest" England all-rounder ever after his heroics in the third Ashes Test.
Stokes hit an unbeaten 135 to guide England to a one-wicket win over Australia at Headingley and level the Ashes series at 1-1 with two Tests remaining.
Moeen accepts there have been some incredible all-rounders in years gone by but he feels Stokes is now the pick of the bunch.
"He is the best cricketer I have played alongside, and while it might be a massive shout - and admittedly he is a very close friend - I would argue he is now the greatest all-rounder this country has ever produced," he told the Guardian.
"To deliver an innings like the one he played at Headingley, just six weeks after winning us the World Cup final and with the Ashes on the line, is what seals it for me.
"I know there are past greats like Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff, but we're watching another legend in the making here.
"What we witnessed on Sunday wasn't a fluke. Seriously, you will not find a cricketer more dedicated to self-improvement. He trains at 100mph and is just unrelenting with it.
"As a batsman, he has become excellent at judging scenarios. He now has the all-round game and technique to adapt."
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