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Stokes tons up as Proteas process Rabada suspension

England climbed to 335-4 at lunch on day two of the third Test against the Proteas at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. Rain ensured a late start to Friday’s proceedings, as the tourists resumed on 224-4 overnight.

All-rounder Ben Stokes aggressive shot selection continued and eventually ensured a fine century. It marked the ninth of Stokes Test career and third against South Africa. He also welcomed 4,000 runs in the longest format of the international game.

Sidekick Ollie Pope, meanwhile, won an lbw review to remain on course for a maiden Test ton. Seamer Dane Paterson’s appeal was initially obliged by umpire Bruce Oxenford.

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Stokes tons up as Proteas process Rabada suspension

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A prompt referral from Pope, after consultation with Stokes, saw the decision overturned. Stokes and Pope’s unbroken 187-run alliance will resume for Friday’s second session.

Kagiso Rabada and Joe Root

Earlier, South Africa was jolted by fast bowler Kagiso Rabada’s suspension. He is still bowling in this match but has been banned from the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg later this month.

Rabada’s suspension came after Thursday’s overzealous celebration of England captain Joe Root’s dismissal. The Proteas have won 13 and lost 12 Tests at St George’s Park. They’ve also shared five draws.

The last Test at the Port Elizabeth venue was in February 2019, when Sri Lanka beat South Africa inside three days. This four-Test series is locked 1-1. The Proteas won the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion inside four days.

England triumphed late on the fifth day in the second Test at Newlands in Cape Town. The Wanderers in Johannesburg will host the fourth and final Test later this month.

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Proteas plans, hard work paid off in the 3rd test

The dismissals of Dom Sibley and Joe Root, among others, were just rewarded for the South African bowlers sticking to their plans on a day when they were made to toil.

The St George’s Park pitch proved to be a batsman’s paradise on Thursday but it took a 76 run partnership between the in-form Ben Stokes and impressive Ollie Pope to help put England slightly ahead.

While many commented on the lack of assistance provided to the bowlers, the Proteas went about their business with strict discipline and were aided by the excellent work of Keshav Maharaj.

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Proteas plans, hard work paid off in the 3rd test

Bowler’s Strike back:

England’s start they were 61-0 at lunch left South African trailing early but then the plan came together Kagiso Rabada got Zak Crawley caught by Dean Elgar down the leg side and fellow opener Dom Sibley went after flicking an Anrich Nortje delivery to leg gully which Rassie van der Dussen juggled at first before holding on. Both wickets were the culmination of the pre-game plan.

‘We spoke long and hard about Sibley after Cape Town because he did play those leg-side shots in the air a lot, so it was a conscious plan we had for him,’ said Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt.

‘In Cape Town, he worked us out; he walked into the bowler’s line and made life difficult for us, but today worked for us.’

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Proteas plans, hard work paid off in the 3rd test

Langeveldt also revealed how they plan to get rid of Root was by bowling straight.

‘I suggested he go full to Joe Root and try to get him lbw or bowled and he did so, fair play to him, he celebrated,’ Langeveldt said.

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Should Sam Curran take the new ball?

Injury and illness have continued to plague England to lead up to the third Test. In the fast bowling department, James Anderson has flown back home and Jofra Archer has failed to fully recover.

The key question now is whether Sam Curran can share the new ball with Stuart Broad in Port Elizabeth?

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On the latest Wisden Cricket Weekly podcast, Wisden Cricket Monthly editor-in-chief Phil Walker, WCM magazine editor Jo Harman and host Ben Gardner discussed the subject and pondered over James Anderson’s future. Here are the excerpts.

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Should Sam Curran take the new ball

Jo Harman: 

I am. I think he’s bowled really well on this tour. In theory, he should be most effective when the ball is at its newest and going to swing. I’d go with Broad and Curran with Wood as first change, I think.

Phil Walker on Sam Curran: 

I’m comfortable with that too. I think Jo’s rationale as ever is bang on. He’s a conventional swing bowler. I think PE, historically, has shown that the ball does a bit.

The muggy conditions will certainly help his style. And it’s good to see with Curran that there’s no real debate around his credentials. He’s not damned with faint praise anymore.

There are no more backhanded compliments with Sam Curran. He’s just a class cricketer. He does it time after time and he’s now become a mainstay of this bowling attack and all the more so with Anderson going home.

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Should Sam Curran take the new ball

Jo Harman: 

There’s a similarity here with Steyn who for a long time went almost completely injury-free. Anderson had his early career injuries, but for a long time, he was almost injury-free.

Same with Steyn, when he had his first quite serious injury, whenever he came back, there was always something else he picked up. And I’ve heard Anderson speak about this in the past that it’s when you’re not bowling that you’re most likely to pick up injuries.

When you come back and that seems to be the case with Anderson; every time he comes back, something else comes along. There’s another different niggle.

Phil Walker: 

I like the way that he’s positioning himself and his particular story. He is saying ‘I want to redefine what a fast bowler in Test cricket is capable of doing physically’ and he’s making long-term goals as realistic as possible and bringing them into the conversation.

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Should Sam Curran take the new ball

He wants to be bowling in the Ashes in two years’ time. So it’s not ‘I just want to get through to next Thursday and play another Test or get through that series. I want to play in two years’ time.’ It’s laudable, it’s admirable, it’s also mildly terrifying for mortals to be observing all of this.

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Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe confident Bavuma will captain SA in the future

Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe has called for patience when it comes to the transformation of the national cricket team‚ adding that Temba Bavuma will lead South Africa in the future.

Speaking to media ahead of the third Test against England starting here at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Thursday‚ Nkwe said interim director of cricket Graeme Smith and head coach Mark Boucher were very aware of the need to transform cricket and that planning was afoot backstage.

There has been much-heated debate among followers of the game following the omission of Temba Bavuma for the Test series against England.

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Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe confident Bavuma will captain SA in the future

Enoch Nkwe on Bavuma:

Nkwe says he understands the frustration‚ adding that transformation is on the agenda of the interim Proteas management structure.

“He is in the process of making sure that from a mental‚ emotional and skills point of view that when he gets that opportunity to come back‚ whether it’s in the next Test match or it’s in a different format‚ that he takes ownership of his position and he delivers 10 times more than what he has done.”

“We are really confident and believe in him and Boucher is the same and the rest of the team. At the moment there will always be questions around that. All I’m going to ask is that let’s be a little bit more patient. We are trying to put a few things in place so that we can shape the right direction.”

Asked if Smith and Boucher really understand transformation Nkwe said: “I think they do. In the very new future, there will be some changes. It’s not something that has been ignored.

South African Test Player Temba Bavuma
Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe confident Bavuma will captain SA in the future

Nkwe said Bavuma‚ who averages 31.24 in Test cricket‚ has not had much luck during his 39 Test career.

“If you look at it‚ let’s be honest‚ he’s been unlucky. There’s been a time where I think he’s got 94‚ 96 or 95 not out or something. One big hit and he’s over the line. He was unfortunate.” He said

“There have been times where he got 70‚ he got 80. People tend to forget the situation he has come in for the Proteas. They have been challenging and he was able to take the team and put them in a much healthier position.”

Bavuma as a new captain:

Now is also confident Bavuma will come back stronger and captain SA.

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Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe confident Bavuma will captain SA in the future

“He’s going to do everything in his power that when the next opportunity comes that he’s ready for it‚,” he said.

“He wants to be in this environment. Hopefully, in the future, he performs well enough and he can lead the team. Having worked with him‚ he’s a strong leader‚ very smart and he’s able to lead a massive group of people to greater heights.”

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Kagiso Rabada has some impressive stats at Port Elizabeth

Kagiso Rabada could pass the 200-wicket mark in Test cricket when South Africa and England square off in Port Elizabeth in the third Test this week.

The pace ace has already claimed 195 scalps and he would become just the seventh South African Test cricketer to cross the 200-wicket milestone should he bag five in Port Elizabeth.

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Kagiso Rabada has some impressive stats at Port Elizabeth

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South African bowlers who have taken 200 Test wickets. Photo: Extra Time Media

Pre-empting such milestones might seem a bit frivolous, but as the great Vernon Philander once said: “stats don’t lie”.

And Kagiso Rabada has some stats at St. George’s Park. It’s easy to forget he is just 24 years old, but the quickie hasn’t needed much time to pile on the records.

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Kagiso Rabada has some impressive stats at Port Elizabeth

Rabada has played just four Tests at Port Elizabeth, but he is already the third-leading wicket-taker at the ground for the Proteas. While he’s a little way off leapfrogging Allan Donald for the most wickets by a South African at St. George’s Park, there’s every chance he could snaffle the record in the coming years.

Most wickets at Port Elizabeth

Rabada will have fond memories of the 2018 Test against Australia, where he took six for 54 – the eighth-best figures for any bowler at the ground.

The Port Elizabeth pitch has yielded somewhat mixed results in recent years. In 2018, it was fast and furious in the early stages of the game, before it began cracking up and bringing the spinners into play.

Against Sri Lanka in 2019, though, it was low and slow with only the first innings yielding more than 200 runs for a team and the visitors winning by eight wickets inside three days.

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Kagiso Rabada has some impressive stats at Port Elizabeth

The four-match Test series between South Africa and England is level at one-all. The Proteas secured a convincing 107-run win in the first Test in Centurion, but England bounced back, winning by 189 runs at Newlands.

The large margin belies the tense finish, though. The nail-biting fixture went deep into the fifth day, with South Africa coming agonizingly close to grinding out a heroic draw. The third Test will begin in Port Elizabeth on 16 January 2020.

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Cricket’s most notorious Test: How it felt to play in the match fixed by Hansie Cronje

The Centurion Test of 2000 was a big game for me. I had done reasonably well on my first England tour but had not contributed that much by changing a match or making a hundred. It is a story of match fixing.

The weather in Pretoria was awful and we spent most of the week being told there would be no play. It had been a long, hard tour against a strong South African side. We were staying in Sandton in Johannesburg and commuting each day to Pretoria. 

We were told not to go to the ground because of the weather so quite a few of us had a good time enjoying the bars and long lunches on offer in Sandton. There was no play on days two, three and four so we spent the week on the beer.

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Cricket’s most notorious Test: How it felt to play in the match fixed by Hansie Cronje

Last day of match:

Then on that final day, we realized there was a chance of play. There were many talks going on about forfeiting innings and setting a target. As a junior member of the side I was not involved in any of those discussions but knew there was something unusual going on. 

We started the last day bowling and realised the pitch had flattened out. Hansie Cronje agreed to 245 in 75 overs but they hit a four off the last ball to make it 249. Still, we could chase down this target.

We lost early wickets and felt we could lose the game so started bedding in for a while. Then I remember they brought on Pieter Strydom, a part-time left-arm spinner. Hansie bowled himself and lobbed up a few outside off stump for me. The intensity had dropped. They wanted a result. 

I made 69 and we won the game with Goughie belting the winning runs. It was a great feeling. My first Test win. I had made a score and was named man of the match. It meant I ended the series believing I could perform at Test level and that I belonged in international cricket. It was a big step forward in my career.

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Cricket’s most notorious Test: How it felt to play in the match fixed by Hansie Cronje

Match fixing:

I never suspected match fixing. Why would you as a young player? However, the one thing that struck me as strange was why that South Africa team had decided to give us a sniff. They were a hard bunch and very tough competitors. They were a bit like Australia in that regard, and yet they agreed to a deal. I remember thinking a few days later, that it was odd.

However, I was still stunned when it broke a few months later that Cronje was doing anything to get a result as part of his deal with a bookie.

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England makes surprise decision to recall Mark Wood ahead of Jofra Archer

England is set to make the shock decision to select Mark Wood over Jofra Archer in the team for the third Test against South Africa starting on Thursday.

England wants extra pace on the traditionally slow St George’s Park pitch, and while Archer has been showing something of his form of last summer in the nets, Wood has been replicating a human catapult in doing everything asked of him and more.

And that has propelled the Durham fast bowler, who turned 30 last week, ahead of Archer in the race to replace the injured James Anderson in the side.

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England makes surprise decision to recall Mark Wood ahead of Jofra Archer
England makes surprise decision to recall Mark Wood ahead of Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer:

The likely selection will be a blow to Archer, who has struggled this winter after an electrifying start to his England Test career in last summer’s Ashes.

The 24-year-old took two for 207 in two Tests against New Zealand, and although he took six wickets in the opening Test against South Africa at Centurion. They were expensive and also came at the cost of an injured right elbow, which ruled him out of the win in Cape Town.

Archer has now recovered but Wood’s extra pace when bowling at top speed he clocked 95 mph during the World Cup will counter that of Anrich Nortje, the fastest bowler in this series to date, whose home town is Port Elizabeth. 

Indeed, Steve Harmison the former Durham and England fast bowler who is Wood’s mentor and comes from the same village of Ashington, said Wood was “always penciled in to play the PE Test because of his reverse-swing” during a Q and A session with Telegraph readers during the second Test in Cape Town.

Wood has not played a competitive game since the World Cup final when he limped off after a hostile ten-over spell but has built up his speed and stamina in South Africa over the last month. England’s coaching staff is understood to have been highly impressed by Wood’s attitude, particularly in the last two net-sessions at St George’s Park.

England makes surprise decision to recall Mark Wood ahead of Jofra Archer
England makes surprise decision to recall Mark Wood ahead of Jofra Archer

Wood has therefore leapfrogged over Archer who played in the first Test at Centurion and took six expensive wickets, before injuring his right elbow. According to Paul Collingwood, England’s assistant coach, the management has tried to find Wood a game to play in on this tour but it has not been possible.

Collingwood:

“Ideally you’d love Woody to go out and get some competitive games in,” Collingwood said. “But I’ve got no qualms he could come in this week and be successful because of what he’s done in the past 36 wickets at 37 runs each in 13 Tests, what he can draw upon. He’s got the skills to go out there and make an impact.”

Chris Woakes is another pace bowler in contention for Anderson’s place and is the closest to a like-for-like replacement as an outswing bowler, but local conditions are working against him.

“The Windy City” is another name by which Port Elizabeth is known, and St George’s Park is exposed to the sea-breezes at the top of a hill only a mile from the Indian Ocean. As the wind blew when England practiced at the nets adjoining the ground yesterday afternoon, it would have favored Sam Curran’s inswinger from the pavilion end and Stuart Broad’s outswinger from what is known as the Duckpond end.

If these conditions applied in the Test, Woakes and Broad would be unsuited to opening the bowling together because both would want the same end. Curran, as a left-arm swing bowler, is suited to bowl opposite Broad with Wood as third seamer from either end.

England makes surprise decision to recall Mark Wood ahead of Jofra Archer
England makes surprise decision to recall Mark Wood ahead of Jofra Archer

When Ben Stokes bowled his knock-out final spell on the last afternoon at Cape Town, he also made the ball reverse-swing, so it makes sense for England to increase their fire-power in a department where they have so far surpassed South Africa.

Collingwood’s Thoughts:

Collingwood took what is becoming the England party line on Archer when a slow pitch is coming up, which happened in both Tests in New Zealand when Archer took two wickets. “He’s very early on in his international career. He hasn’t bowled a lot with the Kookaburra ball, which requires a completely different skill set to the Duke’s ball.

“His main skill is bowling 90-plus mph. We have enough bowlers in and around the county circuit who can bowl at 82 to 85 mph and try to nip it around. You want the likes of Wood and Archer to give you that x-factor, and that’s what we’re looking for. It’s important we train and have that attitude to make sure you’re ready and raring to go when it comes into a Test match.”

While there is a case for playing both Wood and Archer, to exploit the increasingly low bounce for which the ground is renowned, England appear to be thinking of retaining a spinner, probably Dom Bess if only because he has played more recently than Jack Leach, who has been so ill that his last game was the Mount Maunganui Test in mid-November.

England makes surprise decision to recall Mark Wood ahead of Jofra Archer
England makes surprise decision to recall Mark Wood ahead of Jofra Archer

“I think if you look at the data as you always do turning up at a ground, then spin tends to play a bit more of a part here than the other grounds,” Collingwood said. “But we’ll gauge it.” 

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Malan’s powerful distinction between pressure and privilege

While Pieter Malan’s 288-ball, 369-minute knock of 84 came in a losing cause for the Proteas in the second Test against England at Newlands this week, it was one of the more impressive debuts you are likely to see.

Malan, at the age of 30 and with comfortably more than 10 000 first-class runs to his name, showed incredible application, concentration, and defensive resilience as he got his side agonizingly close to what would have been a famous draw.

Just as impressive as his on-field achievement, though, was how Malan handled himself in his post-match press conference, where he sat in front of a packed room of South African and English journalists.

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Malan's powerful distinction between pressure and privilege
Malan’s powerful distinction between pressure and privilege

Malan has waited a long, long time for this moment, having notched up nearly 150 first-class matches over the years, and finally, the world was taking note.

Faf on Pieter Malan:

His answers were inspiring in their honesty, while Malan provided a dose of perspective that is often forgotten when talking about playing sport at the highest level.

“Somebody asked me earlier about being out there and feeling pressure, but that does not pressure… that’s privilege,” he said, providing easily the quote of the series so far.

“Pressure is playing in a semi-professional game with nobody watching, fighting for your career.”

For Malan, it looked as if the opportunity to play international cricket had come and gone.

“Definitely,” he said, frankly, when asked if he thought this moment would never come.

“I probably thought that when I was way younger than I am now, that it was never going to happen.

“Life works in funny ways and I reached a point in my life where I decided that if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen and that it’s not something for me to worry about.”

Malan's powerful distinction between pressure and privilege
Malan’s powerful distinction between pressure and privilege

The advantage of fielding someone of Malan’s experience on debut is that he enters the international arena a complete player and one who understands his own game in and out.

Malan’s account of his past also speaks to a maturity that comes with trying and then failing and then doing it over and over again.

“I don’t think I did myself any favors when I was younger,” he added.

“I took a lot of stuff for granted and I didn’t really put in the hard work that, in hindsight, I needed to put in.

“It’s also a matter of opportunities and them being limited and then not taking them when I did get them.

Malan’s ability:

Malan’s character and ability to roll up the sleeves is exactly what the new Proteas leadership is looking for and he is now a shoo-in for the Tests in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

It was such a refreshing reminder that, sometimes, hard work pays off and the cream rises to the top.

“Being out there in front of the Barmy Army, with Jimmy Anderson running in … it felt like a video game at one stage,” he said.

“It was unbelievable and I felt very privileged to be in a position where I could fight for the team.

“I’ve walked down these stairs a lot of times playing for WP and I’ve even played a club game here. I always take a second or two to look up at the mountain and appreciate where we play. It’s very special for me.”

Then, around 10 minutes later as the journalists were bashing away furiously at their laptops, Malan returned to the room.

Malan's powerful distinction between pressure and privilege
Malan’s powerful distinction between pressure and privilege

He had forgotten his pair of sunglasses on the press conference table, alongside all of the microphones and recording devices.

“Sorry, I forgot these here. I don’t get them for free,” he said to laughter, picking them up and scurrying off.

Malan, before this past week, was a regular Joe who did regular things. That is all about to change, and it is so fully deserved.

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Ben Stokes: Tests should be five days forever

Ben Stokes made an emphatic case for five-day Test cricket this week by inspiring England to a series-leveling win against South Africa in the final over’s of the match.

His match-winning performance in Cape Town on Tuesday came at a time of intense debate over the future of the longest form of the game, which has been played since 1877.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) now wants to reduce Tests to four days as part of structuring the global calendar beyond 2023. The proposal, part of an effort to tackle the crowded international cricket calendar and save on costs. But it has divided players, many of whom consider Test cricket the gold standard of the game.

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Ben Stokes: Tests should be five days forever
Ben Stokes: Tests should be five days forever

ICC Rules for Test matches:

The ICC allowed four-day Tests in 2017 and they have been tried in one-off games between South Africa and Zimbabwe and England against Ireland. But they are not allowed in the Test world championship.

The Cricinfo website said mandatory four-day Tests during the current cycle from 2015 to 2023 would have freed up a total of 335 days of cricket over the period.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has offered “cautious” backing to the proposal and Australia and New Zealand have said four-day Tests deserve serious consideration.

Several top cricketers are against the idea and the global players’ representative body has warned of “significant player resistance”. Others such as Shane Warne have voiced support for a change.

England all-rounder Stokes claimed the last three South Africa wickets at Newlands to earn a 189-run victory for England, who leveled the four-match series at 1-1 on Tuesday.

Ben Stokes: Tests should be five days forever
Ben Stokes: Tests should be five days forever

Afterward, he and England captain Joe Root spoke out in favor of the longer format, which allows the drama and nuances of the game time to play out.

“It’s why five-day cricket should always be around. It’s the best form of the game,” said Stokes, England’s man of the match.

Root’s opposite number, Faf du Plessis, also said he did not support a move towards four-day Test matches, despite a statement by Cricket South Africa that it was official policy to back a reduced format.

England director of men’s cricket Ashley Giles said on Wednesday that five-day Tests were “precious”.

“If we played four-day cricket, I fear we would miss out on a lot of matches like yesterday (England’s win),” Giles told the BBC.

Virat Kohli’s view:

Ben Stokes: Tests should be five days forever
Ben Stokes: Tests should be five days forever

India’s Virat Kohli spoke earlier this month about his opposition to any move to cut a day from Tests, questioning where it would ultimately lead.   With four-day Tests “you are purely only talking about getting numbers in and entertainment, and I think the intent will not be right,” said the India skipper.

“Then you will speak of three-day Tests. I mean, where do you end?

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Ben Stokes passes on Player of the Match award to Dom Sibley

At the end of England’s dramatic Newlands victory over South Africa, Ben Stokes refuted the television media’s assertion that he should be awarded the player of the match award. Instead, when his name was announced he tried to bring maiden centurion Dominic Sibley with him to collect the award.

Sibley though, whether out of humility, shyness or some combination of the two, refused to join Stokes in front of the cameras. But the attempt did not go unnoticed and the all-rounder was asked about it as he gathered the award.

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Ben Stokes passes on Player of the Match award to Dom Sibley
Ben Stokes passes on Player of the Match award to Dom Sibley

Ben Stokes on Sibley:

Asked why he tried to bring Sibley with him, he answered, “I came in situations where it was done or die really and I thought Dom put all the hard yards in to get us in the position of winning. He’s the man of the match; he should be the one up here. But he’s unfortunately slid away, but I won’t be taking that, he’s trying to run away as fast as he can. Full credit’s got to go to Dom and how he played.”

Stokes was given the award for his superb all-round performance. He became only the third player to complete the trio of 100 or more runs, six catches and three wickets in a single Test, alongside Frank Wooley and Jacques Kallis. Sibley meanwhile scored a gritty unbeaten 133 to provide the backbone to England’s second innings.

Stokes later said that the two were battling for who was going to take the trophy with them, each trying to sneak it into the other’s belongings in the changing room until Stokes issued an ultimatum.

Ben Stokes passes on Player of the Match award to Dom Sibley
Ben Stokes passes on Player of the Match award to Dom Sibley

“We are sitting next to each other in the dressing room and I walked in, gave it to him and he put it in my place. I went ‘no’ and put it in his bag, walked back in and it was back in my bag. I said: ‘You’ve shafted me once by making me do the interviews if it ends up back in my spot we are never sitting next to each other again.’ He has got it now.”

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