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Ben Stokes explains why he retains attempting to present England teammate Dom Sibley man of the match award from epic South Africa victory

Ben Stokes explains why he keeps trying to give England teammate Dom Sibley man of the match award from epic South Africa victory


Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley can’t cease bickering over which certainly one of them deserved the match-of-the-match award towards South Africa.

The 2 England heroes, who delivered match-winning contributions throughout the epic 189-run victory, each assume it belongs to the opposite.

In the long run, it went to Stokes, and who can argue with that?

Stokes took three wickets within the house of 14 balls
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England’s talisman took 5 catches within the first innings, hit 119 runs over the course of the match, and ripped by means of the South African tail with three quickfire wickets.

It was a show worthy of somebody extensively thought-about the best all-round cricketer on this planet proper now, however that’s not how he tells it.

“After they got here as much as me and mentioned you’re man of the match, I used to be like, ‘no – it’s acquired to be Sibbers’,” Stokes advised talkSPORT.

“With the bat, I got here in with a licence. If it got here off, nice, if it didn’t, then we have been in a fairly good scenario anyway. Then I got here on on the finish and cleaned the tail up.

“What Sibley did, keep in for 500 minutes, set the sport up for us and allowed us to drive it ahead once I got here in on day 4.

“He did all of the onerous yards. He’s a significantly large cause why we received this Take a look at match.”

Stokes believes Sibley is extra deserving of the accolade
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Sibley scored his maiden Take a look at century with a powerful 133 not-out when England wanted it most, laying the foundations for a series-levelling win.

Stokes added: “I hold attempting to place the person of the match factor in his place and he retains taking it out of his bag and placing it into mine.

“I mentioned, ‘you’ve shafted me as soon as not doing the interview, if this finally ends up again in my spot we’re not sitting subsequent to one another once more!’”

Whereas Stokes and Sibley have been the standout performers, there have been telling contributions all all through an unfamiliar-looking England facet.

Pope prime scored within the first innings whereas Curran took large wickets
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Their possibilities of victory at a floor the place that they had not received since 1957 had seemed slim, to say the least, after dropping Jofra Archer and Rory Burns to harm simply 24 hours earlier than the match.

However kids Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, and Sam Curran – all 22 or under – stepped up when it mattered most, be it with the bat, ball, or within the discipline.

Stokes continued: “That first Take a look at match was a bit completely different with all of the sickness that was kicking round, and the preparation that we had wasn’t very best.

“Even the character of the blokes on this sport – we’ve acquired some significantly younger youngsters with inexperience and so they’ve turned up within the large moments within the sport. Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Sam Curran.

“The longer term appears so good for England going ahead and it’s a good time to be a part of this Take a look at facet.”


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