Former England Test captain Nasser Hussain found humour in Ben Stokes' pursuit of his record for the most Test wins as an England captain. Stokes secured his 14th Test win in Hyderabad, surpassing Mike Atherton's tally of 13 wins. A social media user highlighted that the next name on the list was Nasser Hussain, who had 17 Test victories as England captain.
Responding to the post with a touch of levity, Hussain commented, "Come on, India !!!" This playful remark underlined the competitive spirit and camaraderie among former and current players. England is currently engaged in a five-match Test series against India, with the first Test ending in a 28-run victory for the visitors.
Although Stokes might not be overly concerned about surpassing records, he is likely more focused on his team's standing in the World Test Championship (WTC) points table. Despite winning three out of their six matches in the new WTC cycle, England finds themselves in eighth place, just ahead of Sri Lanka. The team suffered a 19-point penalty due to a slow overrate in the Ashes series against Australia, affecting their standings.
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For Stokes and the English team, maximising points in the remaining matches becomes crucial to securing a spot in the WTC Final. Currently holding 29.17% points after six Tests, they must not only win matches but also maintain a healthy overrate. The second Test in Vizag, starting on February 2, offers another opportunity for England to improve their position and inch closer to a potential berth in the WTC Final.
It’s worth noting that India will be playing without four of their premier Test players in the upcoming matches. After Mohammed Shami and Virat Kohli, the team has suffered the absence of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul. However, as the series unfolds, the lighthearted banter between former and current players, as exemplified by Nasser Hussain's comment, adds a touch of entertainment to the intense competition on the cricket field.