sport news Ben Stokes forging his own path in wake of Flintoff talk

Ben Stokes is determined to keep creating cricket history in his own right as comparisons with Andrew Flintoff inevitably surface again after his match-winning exploits at The Oval.

It was easy to see why England seamer Stuart Broad referenced dual Ashes-winner Flintoff as he reflected on Stokes' barnstorming second-innings spell as the hosts went 2-1 up on South Africa with a 239-run victory in the third Investec Test.

A searing yorker from round the wicket to bowl Quinton de Kock off his pads, and then a fast inswinger to have South Africa captain Faf du Plessis lbw first ball playing no shot, revived memories of Stokes' fellow all-rounder in his pomp.

Ben Stokes celebrates after dismissing Faf du Plessis leg before at the Oval

Ben Stokes celebrates after dismissing Faf du Plessis leg before at the Oval

Stokes' performance with bat and ball brought more comparisons to Andrew Flintoff

Stokes' performance with bat and ball brought more comparisons to Andrew Flintoff

The wicket celebrations were equally reminiscent of some of Flintoff's too.

It is nothing new to Stokes, of course, to be likened to 'that guy' - whose last England appearance came in a blaze of glory as they regained the Ashes at The Oval in 2009.

His career figures, with an upward trend fairly projected at the age of 26, are already favourable in fact - more than two above Flintoff with the bat and less than two worse with the ball, 34.19 and 34.46 respectively.

'It's always nice getting compared to that guy,' said Stokes.

'Some of the spells he produced when playing for England were amazing to watch.'

Stokes also set up England's success, a response to their landslide

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