LONDON – England's Ben Stokes has become a “world box-office attraction” with his Ashes heroics in the third test against Australia and his life will never be the same again, former all-rounder Ian Botham has said.
All-rounder Stokes' unbeaten 135 at Headingley on Sunday helped the hosts chase down a record target of 359 in dramatic fashion and level the five-match series at 1-1.
The 28-year-old's epic knock evoked memories of Botham's famous unbeaten century on the same ground in 1981 that sparked an equally unlikely home test triumph and made him an Ashes hero for the ages.
“It changed my life overnight. I think Ben's life will be the same. He will have no private life. He has to get used to that and so do the family,” Botham told the Daily Telegraph.
“He is public property but it is a great place to be in for the long term. It will set him up for life. He will reap the rewards which he richly deserves and he is now a world box-office attraction.”