Stokes Has Crack At Astle's Record During SA Obliteration

Publish Date
Monday, 4 January 2016, 8:42AM
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England's Ben Stokes has had a fair crack at trying to beat Nathan Astle's record for the fastest test double century, as he obliterated South Africa in their second test in Cape Town.

The allrounder plundered the second-fastest 200-run innings on day two, motoring to a double ton in 163 balls, 10 balls shy of former Black Cap Astle's record.

Ben Stokes finished on 258 off of 198 balls and was surprised that he scored at such a high rate.

He says he didn't intentionally want to play more aggressive, but the wicket was a good one and the ball was coming onto the bat nice and fast.

An unbeaten 150 from Jonny Bairstow also helped England to 629/6 declared.

South Africa are 141/2 in reply at stumps on day two.

Meanwhile, the West Indies are once again going to have to try find and find some lower order resilience, slumping to 207/six on the opening day of the third test against Australia in Sydney.

Nathan Lyon was pick of the Australian bowlers with two for 68, including that of Kraigg Brathwaite who scored 85.

Play gets underway at the earlier time of midday.

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