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'Not the best of my career' – Modest Stokes on his stunning grab
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'Not the best of my career' – Modest Stokes on his stunning grab

Ben Stokes insists his stunning catch in England's win over South Africa doesn't rank as the ‘best of his career’.

Stokes was declared player of the match in England’s 104-run victory with one of the greatest catches in World Cup history.

Diving backwards to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo with a one-handed take on the boundary off Adil Rashid, Stokes' sensational effort was immediately labelled "the catch of the century" by former England spinner Phil Tufnell while commentating on the BBC.

It was a remarkable day for the Durham all-rounder, who also scored 89 off 79 balls and took the last two wickets in successive balls to complete a thumping win.

But Stokes preferred his stunning one-handed snaffle of Adam Voges while fielding in the gully region during a 2015 Ashes Test against Australia at Nottingham.

Asked if it was the best-ever catch of his life, Stokes said: "Nah, that one was against the Aussies, so that one ranks higher!"

Stokes admitted he had misjudged the flight of the ball initially, leading until the all-rounder jumped backwards to complete a sensational one handed grab.

"I was actually in the wrong position. It would have been a regulation catch if I was in the right place, but yeah it is one of those that sticks or doesn't," Stokes said.

"I bowled the next over and Eoin Morgan had to come to me and ask if my heart rate had gone down. Things like that catch do get you fizzed up.

"I didn't really know quite hard to react to be honest. I just tried to take it in."