Ben Stokes equals cricket world record in 'superhuman' moment

Ben Stokes has equalled the world record for catches in an innings by a fielder on day three of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands, while James Anderson tops England's list for most five-wicket hauls.

Stokes' hands helped the tourists to dismiss the Proteas for 223 in Sunday's morning session, giving them a 46-run first-innings lead.

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Stokes took all his five catches at second slip to become the 12th player - not including wicketkeepers - to snare five. Australia's Steve Smith was the last player to do it in Test cricket. His five catches also came at the Cape Town ground in 2018.

Anderson had Kagiso Rabada caught behind for a first-ball duck off the first ball of the day to finish with 5-40, his 28th five-wicket haul in Tests.

England's Ben Stokes took this diving catch to equal the record for the most catches by a player in a Test innings, with five. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

That takes him past India's Ravichandran Ashwin and England great Ian Botham and into seventh place for the most 'five-fors'. The 37-year-old Anderson has moved to the top of the list for most five-wicket hauls by an England player in Tests.

Anderson wrapped it up when Anrich Nortje sliced a thick edge to give Stokes his record-equalling fifth catch.

The diving catch left some cricket fans absolutely gobsmacked.

Cricket broadcasters under fire over 'disgraceful' stunt

The broadcaster of the match between England and South Africa has stirred controversy with a selective choice of shots of Jonny Bairstow and various female fans in attendance.

The broadcast showed Bairstow looking out from the team’s balcony, before repeatedly cutting to female fans in the crowd.

“What’s he looking at Jonny Bairstow?” one commentator asked as laughter could be heard in the box.

The prank was clearly designed to stitch up Bairstow and make it look like he was checking out the women, and while many fans found it funny there was also some anger.

Lorna Leach - Strategic Relationship Manager for London Sport - labelled Super Sport a ‘disgrace’ over the ‘embarrassing’ stunt.

“TV director is a disgrace it’s not beautiful or clever,” she wrote on Twitter.

“It’s embarrassing and objectifying women. Women who had every right to be at the test to enjoy the game not be ‘hot’ enough for the director and camera crew to pick them out.”

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