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View Poll Results: Who is the 3rd Test MotM
Ben Stokes (Century and wickets) 13 76.47%
Toby Roland-Jones (8 wickets on debut and 5fer) 2 11.76%
Alastair Cook (88 to set up the game) 1 5.88%
Dean Elgar (Brilliant 2nd innings 100) 0 0%
Faf du Padssis (For setting the tone with the no bat leave. Twice) 1 5.88%
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Old 31st July 2017, 14:52   #1
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England v South Africa 3rd Test MotM

Come one , come all and let me know who you would pick
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Old 31st July 2017, 15:07   #2
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Come one , come all and let me know who you would pick
As Mo isn't an option I went for TRJ. Although you could argue other contributions may have been bigger, it was his burst on Friday that turned the game as it meant the Saffers were unlikely to get near England's total. From then on it was one way traffic.
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Old 31st July 2017, 15:41   #3
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143 runs 3 wickets and 4 catches
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The Faf punny option is attractive. Especially as he was going to be the saviour after Lord's.
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Got to be Stokes. All round excellence in the Flintoff/Botham league. Really pleased for TRJ whose prize will be a trip down under.
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Old 31st July 2017, 16:03   #6
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Really think Cook's 88 was the thing that made the win possible. Reckon he's unlucky Joe didn't chuck him the ball coz then he could've taken some wickets to pad his stats like Stokes.
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Old 31st July 2017, 16:14   #7
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If he'd got 12 more he'd have probably got it. Arbitrary metrics innit
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Pretty good cases to be made for Cook's excellent stage setting 88 and TRJ's all round contribution, obviously leaning more on the 8 wickets than the runs. I think Stokes' runs when it was tough on day one were pretty huge though. He finished the day not out and then played day 2 really well too, plus he outscored Cook second innings too and yep, three wickets without going for too many runs (including blasting out two of their best three batsmen in two balls) also help. I wouldn't object to any of the three of them but Stokes for me. England could easily have been all out for under 200 first dig without him.
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If he'd got 12 more he'd have probably got it. Arbitrary metrics innit
Stokes would still have out-scored, out-caught and out-bowled him though.
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Old 31st July 2017, 18:43   #10
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Jones of course. Stokes played a good hand and picked up a couple of quick wickets but without Jones' 5 for England would not have been in the commanding position they found themselves in.
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Stokes would still have out-scored, out-caught and out-bowled him though.
Still think Cook would have got it had he got the ton. Is taking regulation slip catches a consideration in determining MOTM now btw?
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Old 3rd August 2017, 08:04   #12
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Cook - set the 1st innings total up, battled through even when it was 120/4

Stokes - came in at 120/4 and when Cook had gone made the difference and England added 170 for the last 5 wickets on a pitch where South Africa only just passed 250 once. Also chipped in with 3 wickets.

Roland-Jones - knocked over Elgar, Kuhn, Amla and De Kock to leave South Africa 47/4

I guess the crunch as to whether he or Stokes is/was MOTM is if you feel Stokes took the score enough above par to leave South Africa behind the 8 ball, or Roland-Jones because South Africa would have been more in the game but for him leaving them 47/4

I assume mentions of Ali not being an option are just jealousy at Faf getting on there, I'd argue TRJ's brace on the last morning took the stuffing out of South Africa's rearguard, and even just the single wicket on the brink of lunch by Ali was more important to the win than his hat-trick.



Actually this is a toughie, before I'd leaned towards Stokes but you can easily underestimate the importance of taking those early wickets even in helpful conditions. That said, South Africa were 47/4 1st innings then 52/4 2nd innings so maybe I'm overstating TRJ's case.

Stokes it is, I'll call it close or maybe even for a joint award.
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