WATCH: This is the Ben Stokes catch people are calling 'the best they've ever seen'
Oh my word Ben Stokes, stop that
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As a result, there's nothing we like more than a six spanked out of the stadium or an acrobatic bit of fielding to keep a ball from flying over the boundary.
On the opening day of the Cricket World Cup no less, we got exactly that in the form of this miracle take from England all-rounder Ben Stokes against South Africa.
Stokes took the absolute worldie of a catch during the Three Lions' first game of the tournament at the Oval today, picking off batsman Andile Phehlukwayo with a stunning display of athleticism and hand-eye coordination.
The South African hit England's leg spin bowler Adil Rashid with a slog sweep that looked destined to soar beyond the rope only for Stokes to rise up and just pluck it out of the air like he was catching a gently thrown frisbee.
Honestly, though, words don't do it justice. Just watch:
As you'd expect, those who saw it play out live immediately started calling it the best catch they had ever seen, including Swanny himself:
— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) May 30, 2019
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) May 30, 2019
What. A. Catch. That’s the best catch I’ve ever seen #bbccricket
— Arjun Singh (@flexiturb) May 30, 2019
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) May 30, 2019
First day of the World Cup and we might have seen the catch of the tournament! #BenStokes
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 30, 2019
Sweet mother of fuck that's the best catch I've ever seen live #CWC19
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) May 30, 2019
The catch pretty much finished off any hope of a South African fightback and England won the game comfortably by 103 runs, with Stokes also taking the final wicket.
He also starred with the bat, scoring 89 from 79 balls, whilst Morgan, Roy and Root all hit half-centuries.
It was, however, Jofra Archer who proved most decisive, producing figures of 7-1-27-3 with the ball in hand.
As it happens, we've also just sat down for a longread interview with him, too, which you can read here.
Told you we loved cricket. I wasn't lying. I just wouldn't do that to you.
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