Stokes confident he can thrive at five


Ben Stokes is confident he can be a threat for England coming in at number five despite dropping down to six in the opening one-day international with South Africa.

Stokes has been the centre of attention during England's tour after his sublime 258 off 198 balls in the second Test in Cape Town last month.

He finished the Test series averaging 58.71 and continued his onslaught in the first ODI in Bloemfontein with 57 off 38 deliveries - while also taking a stunning catch to dismiss AB de Villiers.

That innings came after seeing Jos Buttler promoted above him to plunder big runs at four, the move paying off as the wicketkeeper-batsman scored 105 in England's 39-run win.

While happy to allow Buttler to go in ahead of him, Stokes remains convinced five is the perfect place for his game to flourish.

"After got back into ODI team I got a chance to go in at five, that's a role I've been used to doing with Durham for a couple of years," he said ahead of Tuesday's second game in Port Elizabeth.

"It is a role comfortable playing, I know how to go about my cricket doing the job I am at the moment for England. 

"I think having the confidence and knowing I've done well in that position helps."