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'It's the best format of the game': Ben Stokes calls for five-day Tests to remain after helping England secure stunning victory over South Africa England secured stunning win over South Africa after tense final day of play  Match came as debate intensified over introducing four-day Test matches  Ben Stokes took the last three wickets and called for five-day Tests to remain 

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Published: 17:17 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 17:17 GMT, 7 January 2020

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Ben Stokes called for five-day Test cricket to 'always be around' after producing another stunning display in England's second-Test victory over South Africa.

Stokes claimed the last three wickets in the space of 14 deliveries deep into the concluding session of the match as England wrapped up a series-levelling 189-run win in Cape Town.

The remarkable triumph was a timely advert for Test cricket - the future of which has been the subject of much debate lately - and Stokes reckons it has to stay.

Ben Stokes dismissed the last three South Africa batsmen to help England level the series

Ben Stokes dismissed the last three South Africa batsmen to help England level the series

Asked how good the tourists' win was for the current series, the 28-year-old man said: 'Brilliant. When you have results in the first two games, it makes things very interesting.

'We will all remember this for a long time and I'm sure South Africa will remember it for a long time. It will go down as one of the greats.

'(This is) why five-day cricket should always be around. It's the best format of the game and it makes cricket and games like these just unforgettable.'

The all-rounder also called for five-day Tests to continue amid talk over a four-day format

The all-rounder also called for five-day Tests to continue amid talk over a four-day format

Allied to his six catches at second slip - a joint England record among non-wicketkeepers - and the swashbuckling 72 which bought England time in the second innings, Stokes' final rally completed yet another remarkable chapter for the sport's hero of the hour.

England captain Joe Root feels the Durham man deserves all the praise coming his way.

'You can throw the ball

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