Stokes hits 1st century as England's full-time Test captain

England led by 169 runs at the time of Stokes' dismissal.
England's captain Ben Stokes walks back to the players pavilion after being dismissed by South Africa's Kagiso Rabada for 103 runs during the second day of the 2nd test cricket match.
England's captain Ben Stokes walks back to the players pavilion after being dismissed by South Africa's Kagiso Rabada for 103 runs during the second day of the 2nd test cricket match.AP

MACHESTER: Ben Stokes hit his first century as England's full-time Test captain to push his team into a commanding position against South Africa in the final session of Day 2 of the second Test at Old Trafford on Friday.

Stokes made 103, for his 12th Test hundred for England, before getting out just after tea to leave the team on 320-6 in reply to South Africa's 151 all out.

Stokes put on a sixth-wicket partnership of 173 with wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, who reached tea on 61 and was also moving in sight of a century in the final session.

England led by 169 runs at the time of Stokes' dismissal.

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