Stokes’ double century contained 26 fours and seven sixes
Ben Stokes hit the fastest double century for England and the second quickest in history on day two of the second Test against South Africa.
The all-rounder, 74 overnight, raced to 200 in 163 balls in Cape Town to beat Ian Botham’s 220-ball England record.
Only New Zealand’s Nathan Astle has reached the landmark more quickly, off 153 balls against England in 2002.
Stokes, 24, was unbeaten on 204 and Jonny Bairstow 95 as England took lunch on 513-5, with the stand worth 290.
England, 1-0 up in the four-match series and resuming on 317-5 on Sunday, added 196 in 25 overs in a thrilling morning session.
Stokes in numbers – the records he brokeFastest Test double century by an England batsmanScored more runs (130) than any other player in a pre-lunch Test sessionHighest score by an England batsman at Newlands, beating Jack Hobbs’ 187 in 1910Highest score by an England number six, surpassing Graeme Hick’s 178 against India in Mumbai in 1986Stokes and Bairstow now have England’s highest Test partnership for the sixth wicket, beating the 281 added by Andrew Flintoff and Graham Thorpe at Christchurch in 2002’Astonishing, magnificent, electric’ – what they said
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: “What an astonishing innings. This man has played an innings that no-one here will ever forget.
“They are all standing and applauding something that has been absolutely magnificent.”
Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott on Test Match Special: “You’ve seen something special. You don’t get 200s like that very often – very rare.”
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith: “Even as a South African you have to enjoy this. It’s been both gut-wrenching and electric to watch.
“You’ve got a appreciate this. Everyone is witnessing something special.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan was in the TM commentary box to watch the boundaries flow
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Source:: BBC UK