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Ben Stokes 112: It was the mus­cu­lar all-rounder who spoke up be­fore the match that Eng­land’s bats­men were ca­pa­ble of reign­ing them­selves in and show­ing more re­spon­si­bil­ity than was the case at Trent Bridge. He then played with a great deal of cir­cum­spec­tion on Thurs­day, un­der dark skies with the flood­lights on and Phi­lan­der beat­ing the out­side edge of his bat a num­ber of times. By Fri­day morn­ing, he’d found some form and in eas­ier con­di­tions for bat­ting he smashed three con­sec­u­tive sixes to regis­ter a fifth Test cen­tury. It was a fine Test in­nings and il­lus­trated what a fine Test player Eng­land have in Stokes.

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