England coach Trevor Bayliss believes Ben Stokes is capable of becoming one of the greatest all-rounders ever, after he guided England to a tense victory over Bangladesh in the first Test.
Stokes fittingly took the final two wickets as England clinched a 22-run win in Chittagong on the final morning, having bailed out the tourists with both ball and bat as the Test unfolded.
His four for 26 sparked a Bangladesh collapse as they surrendered a first-innings lead and when the game was back in the balance after England's top order floundered, Stokes rode to the rescue with a mature 85 from 151 balls which helped set a target that proved agonisingly beyond the hosts.
It was arguably Stokes' finest all-round display in an England shirt and that it came on a turning wicket not generally suited to his strengths was all the more satisfying for Bayliss.
The potential of the guy, he could be right up there with some of the all-time best all-rounders. Only time will tell.
With another six Tests to play before Christmas, England have stressed the need to manage workloads and while that might mean resting key personnel, Bayliss was reluctant to include the bullish Stokes in that category.
It would be a brave man to bet against it, with Stokesy. I'm not sure we'd be game enough to drop him out anyway, we might get a thump on the head!