Ben Stokes was the star for England with the bat on Day 2 of the third Test against South Africa, as the all-rounder went on to score his fifth Test century and pushing the hosts to 353 in the first innings.
After South Africa’s early inroads in the first two sessions of Day 1, Alastiar Cook and Ben Stokes strung together a vital 63-run stand for the fifth wicket. The former was dismissed early on Day 2, but Jonny Bairstow continued the recovery work with the all-rounder, helping England get past the 250-mark. Stokes’ single-handed effort helped England reach 353, with the 26-year-old scoring his 5th Test century.
The manner in which he reached his three-figure mark was quite dramatic. He was caught at midwicket by Faf du Plessis off Keshav Maharaj, but the South African captain’s momentum took him over the rope. Stokes smashed the next ball over long on to reach three figures, then swept another over midwicket to celebrate the occasion!
Ben Stokes played a brilliant knock of 112 from 153 balls in the first innings of the third Test against South Africa at The Oval