Ben Stokes (Left) and Jonathan Bairstow's partnership has given England a chance of winning the Test comprehensively © Getty Images
Ben Stokes (Left) and Jonathan Bairstow’s partnership has given England a chance of winning the Test comprehensively © Getty Images

Ben Stokes and Jonathan Bairstow put on 399 runs, which is the highest sixth wicket partnership in Tests. They achieved this feat during the second Test against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town. Bairstow came into bat on Day One when the score was 223 for 5 after Joe Root was dismissed for 50. Stokes and Bairstow played aggressive cricket throughout in their partnership and as a result England declared at 629 for 6, with Stokes scoring 258 and Bairstow remaining unbeaten on 150, which are the highest individual scores for both players. Stokes’ 258 is also the highest individual score by a No. 6 batsman in Tests, surpassing Doug Walter’s 250 against New Zealand in 1977.  FULL SCORECARD: South Africa vs England, 2nd Test at Cape Town

England already lead the series after an emphatic win at Durban in the first Test. South Africa have been on the back foot ever since the series began and injuries to few of their key players has pushed them further back. England will not complain about it as they look to go 2-0 up in the series. The hosts too have some good players like AB de Villiers and skipper Hashim Amla, who can get their side out of trouble, but it is going to be an uphill task ahead of them. Live Updates: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 2nd Test, Day 2 at Cape Town

Partners R Opponents Venue Year
Jonathan Bairstow, Ben Stokes 399 South Africa Cape Town 2016
BJ Watling, Kane Williamson 365*  Sri Lanka Wellington 2015
Brendon McCullum, BJ Watling 352  India Wellington 2014
Mahela Jayawardene, Prasanna Jayawardene 351 India Ahmedabad 2009
Don Bradman, Jack Fingleton 346  England Melbourne 1937

On Day One, England had won the toss and Alastair Cook had no hesitation in batting first. England welcomed James Anderson into their playing XI in place of Chris Woakes. South Africa were forced to make a few changes of their own. Injuries to Kyle Abbott and Dale Steyn meant that Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris were called in as replacements. Quinton de Kock also made his comeback, which means that AB de Villiers will not have to keep wickets in this match, like he did in the first game.