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Ben Stokes provides lot of balance to England squad - Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook (left) believes Ben Stokes (right) is an integral part of the England squad
Alastair Cook (left) believes Ben Stokes (right) is an integral part of the England squad
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England skipper Alastair Cook had high praises for all-rounder Ben Stokes following the 22-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Chittagong.

The 25-year-old came up with a special performance in the first Test where he picked a six-wicket haul in the game and also scored an important 85 runs in the second innings.

His performance with the ball on the final day where he was able to generate a lot of reverse swing was instrumental in England dismissing the final two wickets and securing an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the two-match series.

Cook, who managed 16 runs with the bat in the game credited Stokes for his performance and insisted that his inclusion provides the squad a lot of balance.

"I now say it every single time we speak about him.

"The guy is that X factor cricketer which every side would love to have. And he balances our side and gives us options," Cook told British media.

"The one thing that he has done over the last year is to improve his method against spin."

Following the second Test match against Bangladesh, England will be heading to India for a five-match series and Cook indicated that there will be changes to the line-up for the Dhaka game to help the players gain some match practice before they lock horns with the number one team in ICC rankings.

"I'm pretty sure there will be some changes. In an ideal world we don't want to get to India with people having not played much cricket," he added.

The second Test is scheduled to be played between 28th October and 1st November in Dhaka.

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