The ICC Cricket World Cup may have only just started but England's Ben Stokes has already taken the catch of the tournament in their win over South Africa.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on May 31, 2019

English cricketer Ben Stokes has admitted he was standing in the wrong position when he took “one of the greatest catches of all time” in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Ben Stokes was fielding inside the boundary in the 50-over match against South Africa at The Oval in London when Andile Phehlukwayo swept a ball from England’s Adil Rashid and it looked to be going over the boundary for six.

Ben Stokes, standing in off the rope, ran to his right, turned his back, leapt high and wide, stuck out his right hand and miraculously claimed a catch for the ages.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain, who was commentating for Sky Sports, said: “No way! You cannot do that Ben Stokes!”

“That is remarkable. That is one of the greatest catches of all time.”

Stokes, speaking after the match which England won emphatically by 104 runs, said: “I had a little bit of a panic on, to be honest. I was a little bit further in than I should have been.

“I have the nickname the Claw so luckily it stuck. I didn’t know how to react as I shouldn’t have been there. It would have been a regulation catch had I been in the right position.”

The Twittersphere went nuts.

The next match in the Cricket World Cup is between Pakistan and the West Indies at Nottingham, UK on May 31.