Ben Stokes Has Already Taken The Best Catch Of The World Cup

Lance Klusener of South Africa drives hits a six during the Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and Pakistan at Trent Bridge Nottingham

South Africa opener Hashim Amla retired hurt after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer during the team's opening clash of the ICC World Cup 2019 against England at the Oval Stadium in London on Thursday.

"That is one of the greatest catches of all time".

The England players were left in disbelief as they too could not believe what they had just Kock, who was batting on 25 when the incident took place, went on to another 43 runs after surviving the scare in South Africa's mammoth chase of 312 runs.

Jofra Archer made a remarkable World Cup debut even though his performance was largely eclipsed by that of Ben Stokes.

South African middle order bat Andile Phehlukwayo looked to have hit a boundary with a full blooded lofted sweep, with the ball looking certain to drop over Stokes's head for a one bounce four.

Stokes was several yards inside the boundary rope and running backwards.

Stokes said it was a "regulation catch" if he had been in the right position. "I just tried to take it in".

"I bowled the next over and Eoin Morgan had to come to me and ask if my heart rate had gone down".

Having beaten Pakistan 4-0 in their most recent ODI series all of the smart money is on England.

"To be honest, I had a little bit of a panic, I was a little bit further in than I should have been", said Stokes.

Archer, born in Barbados to a British father, only qualified to play for England in March but the 24-year-old is such a dynamic force that he was appearing in the World Cup after just three previous one-day global appearances.

The Proteas will play their next match on Sunday against Bangladesh.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis endorsed StokesĀ“s view by saying: "Archer bowled really well with the new ball".