Ben Stokes sets catching record

Ben Stokes equalled the world Test record of five catches on the third day of the second Test between England and South Africa on Sunday.

England's Ben Stokes took a fine catch in the slips to dismiss Anrich Nortje on the third day of the second Test against South Africa.   -  Getty Images

England all-rounder Ben Stokes set an England Test record when he caught Anrich Nortje off the bowling of James Anderson on the third day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Sunday.

It was his fifth catch of the innings, all held at second slip. In England’s previous 1,019 Test matches, there had been 23 instances of four catches in an innings, most recently by England captain Joe Root against Ireland at Lord’s last year.

Stokes equalled the world Test record of five catches, which had been achieved 11 times previously, most recently by Steve Smith of Australia in 2017/18, also at Newlands.

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