Ben Stokes is also the first ever South African to score a double ton in Test cricket © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Ben Stokes is also the first ever South African to score a double ton in Test cricket © Getty Images (Representational Image)

England middle-order batsman Ben Stokes smashed a brilliant 163-ball 200 as he recorded the second fastest man to score a double hundred in Test cricket, against South Africa in the second of the four-match Test series at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Sunday. He also went past India’s Virender Sehwag, who was the second fastest until Stokes’ record, as Sehwag had scored the double ton in 168 deliveries against Sri Lanka in 2009-10 at Mumbai. He is also the first ever South African to score a double ton in Test cricket. However, the fastest deoble ton record in Tests is still held by Nathan Astle, who scored in 153 deliveries against England at Christchurch in 2001-02. FULL SCORECARD: South Africa vs England, 2nd Test at Cape Town

Balls Batsman Match Location Year
153 Nathan Astle New Zealand vs England Christchurch 2001-02
163 Ben Stokes South Africa vs England Cap Town 2015-16
168 Virender Sehwag India vs Sri Lanka Mumbai 2009-10
182 Virender Sehwag India vs Pakistan Lahore 2005-06
186 Brendon McCullum Pakistan vs New Zealand Sharjah 2014-15

England started with hopes of achieving 400 run target by end of day, but Ben Stokes had different idea all together. Stokes stroked every South African bowlers off the ground to demolish any hopes of them getting back in the game. Stoke got himself in the record books getting past Virender Sehwag’s second fastest double hundred off just 168 balls, with double ton 163 off balls. Stokes brought up his 100 from 105 balls and 150 off 135 deliveries. Stokes also became the 10th batsmen in Test to get a double hundred at No.6. Coming back to the match Stokes and Jonny Bairstow also crossed their 250 run stand for sixth wicket, which is also the highest at Cape Town. England go into lunch brilliantly placed at for 5 with Stokes and Bairstow in the middle.