England was given a reality check in its new era under Ben Stokes as the team fell to defeat by South Africa by an innings and 12 runs inside three days in the first test at Lord’s on Friday.

After taking a lead of 161 runs into the second innings, the Proteas dismissed England for 149 in 37.4 overs before tea on Day 3 and went 1-0 ahead in the three-test series.

Under new captain Stokes and new coach Brendon McCullum, England had swept a series 3-0 against New Zealand in June and also beaten India in a test in July by taking an aggressive approach to its batting.

That didn’t work against South Africa and its hostile pace attack. England lost its 20 wickets in the match in a total of 82.4 overs.

Stokes said the heavy loss hadn’t dented his confidence in England’s new style of play.

“Absolutely not,” Stokes said. “You look at captains before me, captains after me, they’re always going to get criticized at certain times about the way they want to go out and play.

“That’s just part and parcel of life. We know when we perform to how we are capable of, we can go out and put some incredible performances like everybody has seen in the four games before this.”

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