Joe Root heaped more praise on Ben Stokes after playing a starring role to draw England level in their Test series in South Africa yesterday.

England won the second Test at Cape Town’s beautiful Newlands ground by 189 runs late on day five – with only 8.2 overs remaining – having lost the Boxing Day opener at Centurion.

Despite Dom Sibley’s maiden Test century in the second innings of his fourth Test, Stokes claimed the man-of-the-match award for a fabulous all-round contribution to add a further chapter to a stunning last eight months.

In the second innings, as England set up a victory target of 438, Stokes hit 72 from 47 balls.

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