Ben Stokes ready to welcome back kindred spirit Kagiso Rabada at Oval Test

Rabada missed South Africa's series-levelling 340-run victory over England at Trent Bridge last week, disciplined for swearing after dismissing Stokes in the first Test at Lord's.

He will bolster the tourists' already formidable attack in the Oval's 100th Test, and the hosts' charismatic all-rounder expects him to return unbowed - if wary of minding his Ps and Qs this time.

"I have no bad blood with him or any grudges - if anything it just shows he cares about how he performs," said Stokes.

"Unfortunately with stump mics - if you are going to say something loudly - it can't be a swear word, as I know personally.

"I would be very surprised if he calms anything down.

"That is what makes him the bowler he is - it is part of his repertoire, quick and aggressive."

Stokes is already on the International Cricket Council's demerit register, the same totting-up procedure which resulted in Rabada's one-match suspension.

He added: "It is part of the game ... you just need to be careful with what you say and where you say it.

"We need to understand that sometimes when you get caught up in the moment you sort of forget that there are stump mics and cameras about everywhere.

"We need to know there's people watching at home, kids watching - and if we get heard using language like that it's not going to be good for the game."

Stokes has been stung by criticism of England's performance at Trent Bridge, some of which he sensed was questioning the "fight" and "desire" of Joe Root's team.

Irrespective of that, he is promising they will put things right in pursuit of a series lead to take to Old Trafford next week.

"It was pretty obvious where it went wrong, especially in the last innings," he said of a match in which England lost all 20 wickets in under 100 overs.

"But it is all about how we bounce back this week.

"We weren't very happy with how it went last week - but we hope we can be better than we were, because we know we are."

Adaptability, he insists, is the key which was missing in Nottingham.

"I just think we didn't really know how to approach it, or were quick enough to adapt to what was in front of us.

"We went out there and expected to play how we all play, and didn't adapt to it.

"But looking back if we had batted out those two days with all those overs we would have won the game.

"It was just all about adapting, and on day four we didn't manage to do it.

"Adapting will be the word we use in our meetings and in the future if we ever get stuck in that position again.

"Rather than just hoping that it is going to happen, it is about having a clear mind and a clear approach to how we are going to play as a team."

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