Stokes compliments teammates for understanding the bigger picture

Ben Stokes has lauded his teammates, ex-skipper Joe Root in particular, for the smooth transition in England’s playing approach and team culture. This summer, England have won an impressive six out of their seven Tests – the latest victory being a nine-wicket thumping of South Africa that sealed the series in style.

For this third and final Test against South Africa at the Oval, England had to make do without Jonny Bairstow, undisputably England’s star performer of the summer. Stokes was glad that the team could find “different people” at different times to rise to the occasion and contribute to England’s cause.