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Ben Stokes delighted to smash fastest Test century at Lord's

Cricket: Ben Stokes was "pretty chuffed" to make the fastest Test century ever recorded at Lord's as he and Alastair Cook put England in a strong position to strike for victory over New Zealand.

In their second innings England reached 429 for six at the end of day four, for a lead of 295 runs to take into today.

Stokes hit 15 fours and three sixes in his 85-ball century, making up for the disappointment of being dismissed for 92 in his first innings.

"We finished off really well. We're 430 for six now, quite far ahead of the game, and everyone upstairs is in a really, really good mood," Stokes said.

"I rode my luck with a couple of top edges but you need a bit of luck to succeed. Things just went my way all day.

"I was pretty nervous when I was in the nineties again, but to get that one away was a pretty special feeling and to do it at the home of cricket as well was fantastic and it's something I'll never forget. I'm pretty chuffed."

Cook plundered an undefeated 153 at a more circumspect pace, enjoying the sight of Stokes cutting loose before the Durham player fell for 101.

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