Cricket world reacts to Stokes double-ton

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England number six Ben Stokes smashed a maiden Test double-century, off just 163 balls, on day two of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town. Here are statistics and reaction from the cricketing world. 

– Stokes’ 258 off 198 deliveries was his highest Test score, surpassing the 120 he compiled against Australia in Perth in 2013.

– Stokes struck 30 fours and 11 sixes, an England record for maximums. 

– The quickest Test double-century by an England player, convincingly beating Sir Ian Botham’s 220-ball effort against India at the Oval in 1982.

– The second-fastest double-ton in Test history, 10 balls more than New Zealander Nathan Astle’s milestone against England in Christchurch in 2002.

– The highest score by a number-six batsman in Tests, the quickest English hundred against South Africa, the fastest 150 by an Englishman in Tests and the fastest 250 in Tests.

– Stokes and Jonny Bairstow’s partnership, worth 399, was the best for the sixth wicket in Test history.

– Stokes’ 130 runs in the first session were the most scored before lunch in Test history.

– The 196 runs scored in the morning session is the highest ever by an England team in Tests and the second-highest total before lunch by any team.

England number six Ben Stokes celebrates smashing his maiden Test double-ton on the second morning in Cape Town  

Source: ECB

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