PLAYS OF THE MATCH
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.