Stokes assault while England dominates

Cape Town, January 6 (AFP) Ben Stokes launched a surprising assault on South African bowlers when England took office on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa in Newlands on Monday.

England had 375 for seven in their second inning at lunch, a general advantage of 421 runs. They added 157 runs for the loss of three wickets in 27 overs during the morning.

Stokes hit 72 of 47 balls to overshadow a maiden of the century of the Dom Sibley test, who continued his quiet progress while taking his night score from 85 to 125 no. He reached his hundred of 269 balls and faced another 30 deliveries before lunch.

Stokes attacked all the bowlers he faced and hit seven four and three six before being caught in the left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.

Ollie Pope fell quickly, but Jos Buttler continued the attack, hitting 23 of 18 balls when the advantage was beyond 400.

South African captain Faf du Plessis decided not to take the second new ball when he won after a Pretorius maiden at the start of the game. Perhaps he reasoned that Maharaj had the opportunity to fire Stokes early in his tickets.

However, the tactic failed, as 28 runs were added in five overs before the new ball was taken, including Stokes' six against Pretorius and Maharaj. Stokes played an attack shot on almost every ball he faced and was not discouraged by a loss in 38 when he overcame a shot against Kagiso Rabada and the wicketkeeper Quinton of Kock ran about 35 meters, but dropped the ball when He threw himself at her. AFP SSC SSC

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