Stokes determined to kick on in Test cricket


England’s allrounder Ben Stokes is determined to kick on and improve himself as a cricketer after picking up the man of the match award against South Africa in the third Test at the Oval on Monday.

Stokes struck 112 and 31 with the bat and also took three wickets in the game as England beat the Proteas by 239 runs to go two-one up series with one match to play, starting at Old Trafford on Friday.

The Durham player says he is making an effort to get better in every aspect of the game, even his fielding.

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Stokes said after the Oval Test: “I am always looking to improve in every single area.

“Always trying to be never happy where I am at, never like to feel like I am comfortable and always trying to test myself.

“That means trying to think of different ways to make certain sessions harder, even in the field.

“I am in the slips catching now, so just working on certain ways to make practice not simple – always trying to put obstacles in front of me to make it harder, different types of batting practice, bowling practice, whatever it is.

“Just making everything a little bit harder so that when it comes to the game it can feel a little easier.”