England vs South Africa: Allround Ben Stokes shines as England kick South Africa to series level | Cricket News


NL vs SA: Ben Stokes celebrates his century against South Africa© ETN

England beat South Africa with an at bat and 85 runs to win the second test at Old Trafford in three days on Saturday. The win, which followed South Africa’s almost equally crushing innings and 12-run victory in the first Test at Lord’s, meant England made it a 1-1 run of three games. South Africa, 141-3 in their second innings at thee, then England captain Ben Stokes took out both Rassie van der Dussen (41) and Keegan Petersen (42) for their interval scores. The Proteas, the leaders of the World Test Championship, then collapsed to the new ball as they lost their last five wickets for seven runs in 31 balls en route to dismissal for 179.

See also  Government considers withdrawal of West Coast train operator Avanti . contract

Recalled sailor Ollie Robinson took 4-43 in 15.1 overs and 40-year-old England great James Anderson 3-30.

Anderson had previously set out to become the first man to make 100 Tests on home soil (97 in England, three in Wales) by taking three wickets in South Africa’s meager first innings of 151 after Proteas captain Dean Elgar surprisingly decided to hit first in bowler friendly conditions.

See also  IND vs PAK - "Haath Toh Choro": Rohit Sharma's hilarious encounter with fan after Asia Cup match. Watch

This match was a personal triumph for Player of the Match Stokes, who made 103 — his first century as England captain — in a total of 415-9 and declared wicketkeeper Ben Foakes’s Test-best 113 not out.


Stokes has now won five of his six Tests as skipper since he succeeded Joe Root as England’s permanent captain.

The third and now decisive Test at the Oval in South London starts on September 8.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here