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CAPE TOWN---Ben Stokes unleashed one
of cricket s most destructive innings for his
258 as England racked up 629-6 declared in
a morale-crushing day for South Africa in
the second Test yesterday.
Stokes powered to the second-fastest double
century in Tests in an astonishing display of
dominance over the struggling but still top-
ranked Proteas, propelling England from 317-
5 overnight to its huge first-innings total in
less than 40 overs of power hitting on the
second day at Newlands.
"I m probably not going to play like this
ever again in my life," the 24-year-old Stokes
Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, who was 150
not out, had a record partnership of 399, with
Stokes claiming the fastest 250 in test cricket
before he was run out. Their partnership was
the best for the sixth wicket in tests and Eng-
land s second best for any wicket.
South Africa, staring at a big defeat and a
2-0 series deficit, was fighting at 141-2 at
stumps, still 488 behind. England had removed
both openers: Stiaan van Zyl to a run out and
Dean Elgar for 44 to give Stokes a wicket to
go with his brilliant contribution with the bat.
Captain Hashim Amla was 64 not out and
AB de Villiers 25 not out, desperately trying
to hold England at bay.
Earlier, when England declared two balls
after Stokes dismissal, the tourists had scored
312 runs in a session-and-a-half at a scintil-
lating rate of nearly seven per over. On a day
of landmarks under Table Mountain, the bigger
picture was that England amassed its second-
highest total in more than 120 years of test
cricket in South Africa, only behind its 654-
5 in the timeless test in Durban in 1939.
That was almost entirely down to the stun-
ning Stokes-Bairstow partnership, a bound-
ary-filled stand that left South Africa utterly
dejected and way behind in the series having
already lost the first test by 241 runs.
"It was just a very intense session-and-a-
half by Ben Stokes which was quite amazing
to watch from where I was standing," South
Africa s Elgar said. "I was standing at the
boundary a lot fetching the ball."
Stokes catalog of big blows brought a series
of stats. He bludgeoned 30 fours and 11 sixes,
the most sixes for England in a test innings.
The 130 he scored in the first session was the
most by any player before lunch in a test. The
double hundred came off 163 balls, only behind
Nathan Astle s double ton off 153 deliveries
for New Zealand against England in 2001-02.
"It hasn t really all sunk in yet," Stokes said.
"Obviously out there emotions were running
high." He described his tactics as simple: "See
ball, hit ball ... I m just going to try and hit
every ball for six," he said.
In Cape Town, a large contingent of traveling
England fans cheered every thump.
Having made just his third test century, he
went to 200 with a pull through midwicket
for four, and leaped in the air with his fist
pumping. His 250 off 196 balls was quicker
than anyone else. The style of his innings was
clear: 186 runs came from crunching blows
to the boundary---or over it.
On any other day, Bairstow s 150 off 191
balls with 18 fours and two sixes would have
drawn the attention.
England scored 196 in 25 overs before lunch
and 116 in 13.5 overs in the afternoon before
Alastair Cook put the South Africans out of
their misery with the declaration.
The end result was that England, already
1-0 ahead in the series, was in complete com-
mand at one of South Africa s favorite grounds,
and where England hasn t won since 1957.
But the ground s reputation as a bastion for
South Africa came crumbling down with
Stokes assault. He finally fell to a bizarre dis-
missal when he hit a swirling catch to short
mid-on, where AB de Villiers dropped the
chance but managed to run out Stokes at the
non-striker s end with a direct hit.
For South Africa, the innings marked one
of the team s lowest points in a Test matchat
Without injured fast bowlers Dale Steyn
and Kyle Abbott, South Africa s patched up
bowling attack was completely submissive:
Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris
and spinner Dane Piedt all conceded more
than 100 runs. Rabada had 3-175 for the best
England is searching for its first series win
over South Africa in 11 years and has dominated
from the start of the four-match contest. A
series defeat will officially knock South Africa
off the top of the Test rankings, although Sun-
day suggested South Africa had already toppled
off that podium anyway.
"We re going to cop a lot of abuse," Elgar
said. "We re a strong enough unit to take it
on the chin." (AP)
WELLINGTON---New Zealand cap-
tain Brendon McCullum says con-
victed spot-fixer Mohammad Amir
should be given "the benefit of the
doubt" and allowed to play for Pak-
istan in limited-overs matches in
New Zealand this month.
Amir has been named in the Pak-
istan squad which will play three
Twenty20 and three one-day games
against New Zealand over the next
three weeks but his participation
depends on New Zealand immigra-
tion officials allowing him a visa.
The fast bowler was only 18 when
he handed a five-year ban from
cricket in 2011 for his involvement
in spot fixing. He also served three
months of a six month prison term.
His ban, imposed by the Interna-
tional Cricket Council, has now
ended and McCullum said Sunday
he should be allowed to resume his
"He was a very young man at the
time and he s gone through a sound
rehabilitation programme," McCul-
"If he gets out on the field against
us, then you play against the man
you re playing against, not a man
who may have made some mistakes
as a youngster."
New Zealand Cricket chief exec-
utive David White also supported
Amir s inclusion in the Pakistan
squad but stressed that was a per-
sonal view and not that of his organ-
"He was a very, very young man,
a boy really (when he was suspend-
ed)," White said. "He showed
remorse at the time, admitted to it.
He s gone through all the rehabil-
itation and education as prescribed
by the ICC.
"I m personally comfortable with
him coming to New Zealand and
New Zealand s immigration
department issued a statement
before Christmas saying it had not
yet received a visa application for
Amir and would consider one when
it is received. A decision is likely
Stokes punishes SA
bowling with 258
....as England racks up 629-6 declared
South Africa vs England, 2nd Test
England 1st Innings
Alastair Cook c Morris b Rabada ..............27
Alex Hales c De Villiers b Morkel .............60
Nick Compton c Bavuma b Rabada ........45
Joe Root c De Kock b Morris .......................50
James Taylor c De Kock b Rabada .............0
Ben Stokes run out De Villiers ................ 258
Jonny Bairstow not out ................................150
Moeen Ali not out ..................................................0
Extras: (12b, 6lb, 13w, 8nb) ..........................39
TOTAL: (for 6 wickets declared) ...... 629
Did not bat: Stuart Broad, James
Anderson, Steven Finn.
Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-129, 3-167, 4-167, 5-
Bowling: Morne Morkel 29-5-114-1 (1w,
1nb), Chris Morris 28-3-150-1, Kagiso
Rabada 29.5-2-175-3 (4w, 7nb), Dane Piedt
25-5-112-0, Stiaan van Zyl 10-0-43-0, Dean
South Africa 1st Innings
Dean Elgar c Compton b Stokes............... 44
Stiaan van Zyl run out Bairstow ................. 4
Hashim Amla not out ....................................... 64
A.B. de Villiers not out...................................... 25
Extras: (2lb, 2w) .....................................................4
TOTAL: (for 2 wickets) ......................... 141
Still to bat: Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma,
Quinton de Kock, Dane Piedt, Chris Morris,
Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-85.
Bowling: James Anderson 9-2-24-0, Stuart
Broad 9-2-32-0, Moeen Ali 9-1-30-0,
Steven Finn 9-1-30-0, Joe Root 1-0-3-0,
Ben Stokes 6-1-20-1 (2w).
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Bruce
TV Umpire: Rod Tucker, Australia. Match
Referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.
Toss: won by England.
Series: England leads four-match series 1-
McCullum backs Amir's return to Pakistan squad
England's Ben Stokes reacts as he makes 200 runs during the Second Test against South Africa
in Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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