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England’s ‘intimidating’ Ben Stokes draws comparisons to Andrew Flintoff

• Stuart Broad says he has not seen all-rounder bowl faster
• Against South Africa ‘he was pumped up for that spell’

Ben Stokes saw his intimidating style of fast bowling draw comparisons with one of his predecessors, Andrew Flintoff, following a electric burst of two wickets in two balls that put England on course for victory over South Africa in the third Test.

The tourists will resume the fifth day at The Kia Oval on 117 for four with Dean Elgar (76) and Temba Bavuma (16) at the crease, needing to bat out 98 overs to avoid defeat. Joe Root’s side are thus six wickets away from going 2-1 up in this topsy-turvy series and retaining the Basil D’Oliveira Trophy before the final Test next week.

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