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Superhero Ben Stokes shows innate ability to tilt Test England’s way | Barney Ronay

Against South Africa, Ben Stokes hit possibly the best of his five Test centuries, an innings of real craft in attack and defence, to put England in a strong position

For Ben Stokes the demands of international sport have always been specific and rarefied. Your everyday Test cricketer faces a fairly simple two-stage examination. First up is: am I good enough? All being well this is followed pretty quickly by: how long can I keep doing this? Repeat, fingernails scraping against the door frame, for as long as humanly possible.

Stokes belongs to a more elevated caste of cricketer, those for …read more

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