Ben Stokes' innings was brought to an end through a run out © Getty Images
Ben Stokes’ innings was brought to an end through a run out © Getty Images

Ben Stokes on his way to a 198-ball 258 against South Africa at Newlands, Capetown registered the highest score for a batsman batting at No. 6 in Tests. Doug Walters is second on the list as he scored 250 against New Zealand at Christchurch, followed by Don Bradman, who  scored 234 against England at Sydney in 1946. Stokes and Jonathan Bairstow put on 399 runs for the sixth wicket, which is the highest sixth wicket partnership in Tests, surpassing the unbeaten 365-run stand, which Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson shared against Sri Lanka in 2015 against Sri Lanka at Christchurch. England went on to post 629 for 6, which is the second highest score at Newlands. FULL SCORECARD: South Africa vs England, 2nd Test at Cape Town

Stokes scored his double century of just 163 deliveries, which is the second fastest double ton in Tests, surpassing Virender Sehwag’s feat, which came of 168 deliveries. The quickest double century, however was scored by Nathan Astle, who did it in 153 deliveries. England legend Ian Botham had some nice things to say about Stokes’ feat. Live Updates: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 2nd Test, Day 2 at Cape Town

“It was magnificent, one of the best examples of Test cricket I’ve seen in a long time. “Ben Stokes is box office. We knew he’d got it, and this is the tip of the iceberg. He’ll get it wrong once in a while, but he is a guy that wins matches, and they don’t come along very often. You’re just king of the castle. No boundary’s big enough, no bowler’s quick enough. It really is a moment to enjoy,” he said. READ: Ben Stokes, Jonathan Bairstow break numerous records against South Africa at Cape Town: Twitter reactions

Player R Year Opponent Venue
Ben Stokes 258 2016  South Africa Cape Town
Doug Walters 250 1977  New Zealand Christchurch
Don Bradman 234 1946  England Sydney
MS Dhoni 224 2013  Australia Chennai
AB de Villiers 217* 2008  India Ahmedabad

England had won the toss on Day One and elected to bat first. England welcomed James Anderson back into the side in place of Chris Woakes. South Africa made three changes as the brought Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Quinton de Kock in place of Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn and JP Duminy.

(With inputs from AFP)