TOP 3 BEN STOKES TEST INNINGS

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135* v Australia, 2019

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This innings at Headingley could well be the best Test innings in recent times. After his World Cup heroics, Ben Stokes took matters into his own hands during the Ashes as well. England had a forgettable start as they were knocked over for just 67 in their first innings.

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They then needed to chase 359 in the final innings to win the Test and keep the Ashes alive. England lost wickets in quick succession, but Stokes stepped up and took charge of the run chase. What followed was some of the cleanest hitting, which eventually saw England pull off a heist.

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258 v South Africa, 2016

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Ben Stokes took centre stage and absolutely flattened the South African bowling attack in Cape Town during England's tour in 2016. The left-handed all-rounder smashed 258 runs off 198 deliveries, taking England to a massive total of 629/6 before they declared.

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Hashim Amla's double hundred meant that the South Africans also put up a gigantic total and that the game ended in a draw. The Cape Town Test of 2016 will, however, always be remembered for the second-fastest double ton in Test history, one from Ben Stokes' blade.

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120 v Australia, 2013

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Ben Stokes made his Test debut with England in dire straits during the 2013-14 Ashes. It was not a good start for the all-rounder, with him scoring just 29 runs in his first two innings. His batting in the first innings of his second Test was nothing to write about either.

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However, he quickly bounced back in the second innings and stepped up, with England reduced to 121 for 4. Stokes dominated Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, and Nathan Lyon on his way to a maiden Test ton. He was dismissed for 120 after announcing himself on the international stage.

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