Stokes proves his worth again

James Anderson has heaped praise on Ben Stokes, describing the all-rounder as a "godsend" and someone who has everything in his locker.

Stokes has had a tough introduction to Test cricket after being handed his debut during England's troubled Ashes tour to Australia, but the 22-year-old has shown plenty of signs he can flourish at this level, both with bat and ball.

His first Test wicket was the prized scalp of Australia captain Michael Clarke on debut in Adelaide, and then in the next match in Perth he made 120 for his maiden Test ton.

Stokes also took three wickets in that match, including Clarke again, and he was celebrating another scalp in the fourth Test on Friday after dismissing Shane Watson as England finally enjoyed a day to cherish having reduced Australia to 164 for nine in reply to the tourists' 255 all out.

Stokes may not have picked up that many wickets so far, but Anderson has been impressed with what he has seen from the Durham man and feels he is a huge help to the other bowlers.

"The addition of Ben Stokes has been a godsend really for the other seamers. Having that balance in the side of a number six batter who can bowl as well as he can bowl, it does wonders for us having four seamers in there," Anderson told Sky Sports 2 at the end of day two at the MCG.

"I think he's doing great. You saw today his first spell was fantastic.

"Obviously he can bowl 90mph, he swings the ball, he reverse swings the ball. So I think he has all the attributes to be an outstanding bowler alone, never mind an all-rounder."