Ben Stokes has grow to be solely the seventh participant – and second Englishman – to scored 4,000 runs and take 100 wickets in Test cricket.
England all-rounder Stokes scored his ninth Test century as England recovered from 148-Four to succeed in 335-Four by lunch on day two of the third Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.
After successful the toss in Port Elizabeth, England openers Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley placed on 70 on day one however each fell after making begins.
England have been threatening to throw away a powerful begin to the Test after dropping three wickets for 45 runs however Stokes and Ollie Pope have placed on nearly 200 to frustrate the hosts.
Scored 4,000 runs and taken 100 wickets in Test cricket
Sir Garfield Sobers (West Indies)
Sir Ian Botham (England)
Kapil Dev (India)
Carl Hooper (West Indies)
Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)
Ben Stokes (England)*
Stokes reached lunch on day two on 108 not out whereas Pope was simply 25 runs away from a maiden Test century.
Speaking at lunch, former England batsman Rob Key stated: ‘That was a implausible morning for England. It couldn’t have gone any higher.
‘All the hard work England put in yesterday has paid off today. Stokes works so hard and that hard work is paying off this year. He is an unbelievable cricketer.’
England are hoping to take a 2-1 lead in this four-match sequence forward of the ultimate Test which begins in Johannesburg on January 24.
Speaking after England’s series-levelling win in Cape Town final week, Root stated of Stokes: ‘He’s a golden nugget isn’t he?
‘He’s a born match-winner that may all the time put the crew first, give all the things to the group of gamers he’s enjoying alongside and he’s a implausible instance to a younger squad of gamers.’