The Proteas fast bowler and the rest of his teammates looked on in awe as the 21-year-old rookie from the Eastern Cape bludgeoned 72 off just 28 balls (2×4, 8×6) in his first international innings against England at Bristol on Wednesday evening.
Stubbs kept the Proteas in the hunt to chase down England’s mammoth 234/6, but ultimately could not win the match single-handedly with only Reeza Hendricks making a worthwhile 57 off 33 balls.
Ngidi, who claimed a career-best 5/39 during England’s onslaught, was not though surprised by Stubbs pyrotechnics, especially having felt the brunt of the rookie’s power at the Proteas’ net sessions.
“We had full faith in Stubbs,” he said. “During training he has shown us what he is capable of doing, so we weren’t really surprised to see what we saw today. I have bowled to him myself and I’ve been on the receiving end of what you guys saw.