Ben Stokes urges England to keep the heat on South Africa

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England are out to pile the pressure on South Africa in the second one-day international at St George's Park on Saturday.

Ben Stokes, whose all-round skill was memorable in the tourists' high-scoring Duckworth-Lewis win in Bloemfontein two days ago, senses an opportunity to put South Africa in more trouble.

England bowled their hosts out for just 119 on their last tour here six winters ago, on the way to a quickfire seven-wicket success which completed a series victory.

Stokes was not around then, of course b ut England's brilliant batting on Wednesday - he contributed 57 off 38 balls, to consolidate Jos Buttler's century - has put a 2-0 lead on their agenda, in this five-match series.

Stokes said: "If we can play the way we did the other day and emulate the way we went about everything, we should have a chance of going 2-0 up.

"In the longer scheme of the series, if we can do that, then we'll put South Africa right under the pump."

A Port Elizabeth run-fest is statistically less likely than at the other scheduled venues.

But it seems England will stick to the brand of aggressive cricket, which has served them so well since their embarrassing World Cup exit last year - unless they are forced at some point to do otherwise.

Stokes credits the coaching of Trevor Bayliss and assistant Paul Farbrace for giving him and his team-mates the confidence to stay on the front foot, as they did on the way to 399 for nine in the series opener - their highest overseas ODI total.

He said: "They've had a big influence on the way we're playing - and since [last summer's series against] New Zealand started, we've played exactly the same way and always wanted to post big totals and be aggressive.

"When you've got coaches backing you to play this attacking brand of cricket it's a big help."

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