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England in South Africa 2015-16

Stokes the fulcrum for England's future

Jan 27, 2016: He was deservedly Man of the Series against South Africa and Ben Stokes' career will define the path of this England side over the next few years

George Dobell

South Africa v England, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day

Root produces his best yet

Jan 15, 2016: He was the first batsman to pass fifty in the match and looked a class above anyone else on a lively pitch that is making for terrific Test cricket

George Dobell at the Wanderers

South Africa v England, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day

Root hundred leads England recovery

Jan 15, 2016: Joe Root has been jostling for the place as the No. 1 Test batsman in the world over the last six months, but his gilded reputation can only have been further elevated by a richly enterprising hundred against South Africa

The Report by David Hopps

England in South Africa 2015-16

Stokes 'better than I was at 24' - Botham

Jan 8, 2016: Ian Botham has hailed Ben Stokes' "enormous potential" and suggested he may be a better player than he was at the same age

George Dobell

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 5th day

Cook rues misses which led to nervous final day

Jan 6, 2016: Alastair Cook admitted that missed chances cost England dear in the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

George Dobell at Newlands

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town

The No.6 doubles before Stokes

Jan 4, 2016: A list of the nine players who made double-centuries at No. 6 before Ben Stokes, including one from a limping Don Bradman

Andrew McGlashan

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Ben Stokes' 258 - as it happened

Jan 3, 2016: Tonked, walloped, steam-engined... A record-breaking innings as described by our commentators

Andrew Miller and Andrew McGlashan

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Bairstow's emotional coming of age

Jan 3, 2016: He was overshadowed by Ben Stokes' feats, but Jonny Bairstow's maiden Test was a special moment for a multitude of reasons

David Hopps

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Onslaught exposes South Africa's depleted stocks

Jan 3, 2016: When South Africa needed strike power at the crucial moments of England's innings, they found they had nowhere to turn

Firdose Moonda at Newlands

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 1st day

Stokes only thought sixes, not a triple

Jan 3, 2016: Alastair Cook gave Ben Stokes the chance to reach a triple century on the second day at Newlands, but Stokes only had one thought in his mind: keep hitting every ball for six

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Brutal Stokes writes his own script

Jan 3, 2016: The raw brutality of Ben Stokes' third and finest Test century is a sign that, at the age of 24, this might yet be his era

George Dobell in Cape Town

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

One session, 130 runs

Jan 3, 2016: Stats highlights from an incredible day in Cape Town, as Ben Stokes waded into South Africa's bowlers on the way to a stunning double-century

S Rajesh

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Stokes and Bairstow batter South Africa

Jan 3, 2016:

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Stokes record and Bairstow's ton tramples South Africa

Jan 3, 2016: This was joy, utter joy, no matter where your loyalties lie: a feat to stir the youthful, cheer the sick and bring reveries from the old. Ben Stokes bludgeoned one of the great attacking Test innings - the second fastest double century in Test history

The Report by David Hopps

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 1st day

Reckless driving could yet cost England

Jan 2, 2016: England reached a respectable first-day total at Newlands, but a better bowling attack than South Africa's would have punished the impatience of their top five

George Dobell in Cape Town

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 1st day

Stokes assault wrests initiative after Rabada fires

Jan 2, 2016: England reached tea on 167 for 3 on the opening day at Newlands after Nick Compton fell to the final ball of the second session

The Report by David Hopps

England

Young England shrug off old baggage

Dec 28, 2015: They learned lessons from yet another World Cup debacle, and transformed themselves into a dynamic ODI side. In Tests, they won the Ashes but little else

George Dobell

South Africa v England, 1st Test, Durban, 2nd day

An early test for Woakes' self belief

Dec 27, 2015: He has returned to the Test side stronger, quicker and smarter - now he needs the results to prove it

George Dobell in Durban

England in South Africa 2015-16

Two sides with issues makes for tight tussle

Dec 23, 2015: Playing the No. 1 team on their own patch will be a huge challenge for an inconsistent England side but there are signs of weakness in South Africa to be exploited

George Dobell in Durban

England in South Africa 2015-16

Stokes returns but no white-ball comeback for Broad

Dec 23, 2015: Ben Stokes has been recalled to England's limited-overs squads for the one-day and T20 series in South Africa, but Stuart Broad will have to wait a little longer for a comeback to white-ball cricket

George Dobell
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