After hitting a century against the West Indies, Ben Stokes made a special gesture to his late father, Ged.
Ged Stokes, Ben Stokes’ father, died of brain cancer in 2020. After scoring a century against the West Indies in the second Test, the all-rounder made a wonderful gesture.
Ben Stokes, England’s all-rounder, has had a difficult time since winning the ODI World Cup in 2019. Aside from missing games due to a finger injury, Stokes also lost his father, Ged, to brain cancer in 2020. Stokes has also focused some of his attention on his mental health since then. However, the 31-year-old resurrected his career with a century against the West Indies in the ongoing Test at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.
As England took control of the ongoing second Test, Stokes smashed a fine 120, hitting six sixes in his innings.
Watch: Ben Stokes making a special gesture for his father after reaching three figures.
Stokes also passed the 5000-run mark in the longest format of the game during his knock in the first innings.
Stokes, who has 170 Test wickets to his name, is also only the fifth cricketer in history to have more than 5,000 runs and 100 Test wickets.
Other players on the list who have accomplished the same feat include Gary Sobers of the West Indies, Ian Botham of England, Kapil Dev of India, and Jacques Kallis of South Africa.
Stokes and skipper Joe Root (153) put on 129 runs for the fourth wicket after the former and Dan Lawrence (91) put on 164 runs for the third wicket.
On Day 2, England declared their first innings at 507 for nine.
West Indies were 228 for four at stumps on Day 3 in response, with Kraigg Brahtwaite (109 not out) and Jermaine Blackwood (102) both scoring centuries.