Ben Stokes hit the fastest double century in England’s history on Saturday, as England declared with 692 runs for just 6 wickets on day two of the second test with South Africa in Cape Town. Stokes raced to 200 runs in just 163 balls to beat Sir Ian Botham’s 220-ball record.
Stokes made 258 as England added 312 within 39 overs, South Africa are currently chasing the mammoth total set by England on day three of the second test. Jonny Bairstow earned his maiden test century as he hit 150* whilst he and Stokes finished with a partnership of 399, a sixth-wicket world record. Only New Zealand’s Nathan Astle has reached a test double hundred quicker than Stokes, as he accomplished it within 153 balls against England in 2002.
The Durham all-rounder drove the ball in a fluent manner when given the width outside of the off stump and unforgivingly pulled anything short. Stokes hit 5 fours in the opening two overs of day two and smashed spinner Dane Piedt for 16 in just three balls.
England will be hoping to secure a win in Cape Town after producing such an advantageous start, however it will be difficult on a wicket that quite clearly favours the batsman.
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