In the third Test of the current three-match series against New Zealand on Friday, England captain Ben Stokes accomplished a rare achievement. In the longest format of the game, Stokes became the first cricketer in history to score 100 sixes and take 100 wickets. The third Test match is still going on when the England captain reached the milestone while batting for England. After hitting a six off Tim Southee’s bowling in the tenth over of the second innings.
With 100 sixes and 635 boundaries, Stokes has scored 5255 runs in 82 Test matches for England. 177 Test wickets at an average of 32.67 have also been taken by the England skipper HisBen Stokes’ 18-run knock featured two boundaries which allowed him to complete 100 sixes.
In the third Test match currently taking place, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell batted exceptionally well as New Zealand scored 329 runs in the first innings. The total for New Zealand’s first innings also included contributions from Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, and Tim Southee. For England, Jack Leach claimed five wickets, while Stuart Broad claimed three. Jamie Overton and Matthew Potts each claimed one wicket each.
Trent Boult (3/73) destroyed England’s top order, and Neil Wagner (2/53) caused enough damage in the middle to push them to 55/6 at one point. The match was ultimately won by England thanks to Jonny Bairstow’s unbeaten 130 and Jamie Overton’s 89 not out. By the end of Day 2 of play, the pair had scored an unbroken 209 runs for the sixth wicket, greatly improving England’s situation.