England's Ben Stokes fit to play in 2nd ODI against Proteas

England will have Ben Stokes available for the second one-day worldwide against South Africa after the all-rounder was passed fit on Friday.

But the one-time Cockermouth Cricket Club player, now one of England's most risky players, had scans on his injury on Thursday.

His 79-ball innings, just his second century in 55 matches at this level, featured 11 fours and three sixes.

Stokes, the Indian Premier League's record two-million-dollar-man, shared stands of 95 with skipper Eoin Morgan, himself dropped twice, and 77 with Buttler.

England and South Africa play a third ODI at Lord's on Monday, after which both participate in the Champions Trophy.

Stokes cashed in on his remarkable early fortune as his century helped England set 330 for six at the Ageas Bowl.

He took the place of Imran Tahir in one of three changes to the South African side as they rotated their squad.

Joe Root batted with great confidence but was then cut off in his prime, run-out backing up after Pretorious deflected a straight-drive on to the stumps at the non-striker's end. Stokes received reprieves off his first two deliveries.

Morgan, fresh from his hundred on Wednesday, was also given two reprieves.

Morgan lived dangerously too, escaping half-chances for caught-and-bowled by Pretorius and caught-behind off Andile Phehlukwayo on 16 and 22 while a direct hit from cover would have run him out on 24.

He had equalled his previous ODI best of 101, against Bangladesh in Dhaka in October, when he found David Miller at long-off to give Maharaj a deserved wicket.

The pair added 62 in 39 balls for the sixth wicket and looked as though they had won the game when they needed seven off the final over bowled by Wood (0-48 in 10 overs).

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

  • Rosalie Stanley