Phil Simmons Phil Simmons: Ben Stokes in mould of Jacques Kallis

Phil Simmons views Ben Stokes as "the glue that holds the England team together" ahead of the third and final Test with West Indies.

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West Indies coach Phil Simmons has likened England all-rounder Ben Stokes to Jacques Kallis ahead of the final Test of their series in Barbados.

Stokes announced himself on the Test scene by making a maiden century against Australia in Perth during England's dismal Ashes tour.

The 23-year-old then lost his way somewhat, missing last year's ICC World Twenty20 after breaking his hand when punching a locker and being overlooked for the recent World Cup.

Stokes was recalled for England's tour of the Caribbean and made an impressive 79 in a drawn first Test before featuring in his country's victory in Grenada.

Former Windies batsman Simmons spoke of his admiration for Stokes ahead of the third Test in Bridgetown - which starts on Friday - and went as far as comparing him to legendary South African Kallis.

Simmons said: "I wish I had him at number six.

"He's in the mould of Jacques Kallis. He can take a game away with you with bat or ball.

"He's the glue that holds the England team together. His bowling allows Jimmy Anderson to come back fresh and that's a big thing. He showed his quality in Australia.

"He took them on and he scored a hundred. I've been impressed with him since then. That's the kind of cricketer you need."

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