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Stokes reasserts dominance with the bat
South Africa vs England 2019-2020

Stokes reasserts dominance with the bat

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been in superlative form in the ongoing Test series against South Africa. The star all-rounder has turned into a massive match-winner for his side in last few months or so. Stokes smashed a brilliant 120 to put his side in control of the third Test against South Africa.

Stokes and Ollie Pope both reached three-figures during a 203-run third-wicket stand that helped Joe Root’s team to put up 499/9, which they declared in their first innings. In the process of his superb ton, Stokes became the seventh player to hit 4,000 runs and take 100 wickets in Tests - after Garry Sobers, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Carl Hooper, Jacques Kallis and Daniel Vettori.

The 28-year-old, who was recently named as ICC player of the year for 2019, has been enjoying a purple patch with his golden bat. Since the start of 2019, Stokes is the second-leading Test run-scorer and is only behind Australia's Marnus Labuschagne, who has 1,340 runs to his name.