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Ben Stokes pleased with his performance against South Africa

Ben Stokes pleased with his performance against South Africa
Apart from the 12 wickets, Ben Stokes (left) also scored 411 runs in the series against South Africa.
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes is a pleased man after being named as the man of the series for his all-round efforts in the recently concluded Test series against South Africa.

Stokes finished the series as England's highest run scorer with 411 runs from seven innings at an average of 57.71 including a career best 258-run knock in the second Test in Cape Town.

With 12 wickets at 29.16 runs apiece, Stokes was also a crucial cog in the England bowling lineup and was also the second highest wicket-taker for his team in the series.

His all-round exploits have earned him the man of the series in England’s 2-1 victory and the 24-year-old is happy to be contributing with both bat and the ball.

“It is nice to be contributing with both (batting and bowling).

“Consistency is something that I have been lacking but it is good to come here and put in some good performances.” 

Stokes featured in two big partnerships for England in the series - a 399 run stand with Jonny Bairstow in Cape Town and a 111-run stand with Joe Root in Johannesburg.

What stands out in Stokes’ performance in the series is his strike rate of 109.01 which helped England push ahead with the game with quick runs.

With the likes of Joe Root and Alastair Cook performing well in the top order, Stokes said that he has been given a license to play his natural game.

“I really enjoy batting with Rooty (Joe Root), he keeps batting really simple, we don't really chat about much out in the middle.

“We just let each other play in our own way that we want to.

“It (the freedom to play his shots) also comes from the captain and the coaches.” 

With his bowling, Stokes was able to deliver crucial breakthroughs in the series for England and is currently enjoying the role that has been given to him by the team management.

“Accidentally the yorker comes out every now and again.

“The role I have been given is to come on and try and take some wickets.

“Going for runs isn’t something that I am too fussed about.

“It has been good to pick up some vital wickets throughout the series.”

In the just concluded series against South Africa, Stokes became the second fastest England player to score 1000 runs and take 50 wickets in Test matches slotting in behind Sir Ian Botham.

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