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CAPE TOWN (Web Desk) – Ben Stokes hit the fastest double century for England and the second quickest in history on day two of the second Test against South Africa on Sunday.

The all-rounder, 74 overnight, raced to 200 in 163 balls in Cape Town to beat Ian Botham’s 220-ball England record.

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Only New Zealand’s Nathan Astle has reached the landmark more quickly, off 153 balls against England in 2002.

Stokes, 24, was unbeaten on 204 and Jonny Bairstow 95 as England took lunch on 513-5, with the stand worth 290.

England, 1-0 up in the four-match series and resuming on 317-5 on Sunday, added 196 in 25 overs in a thrilling morning session, the BBC Sports reported.

Stokes hit five fours in the opening two overs of the day and smashed spinner Dane Piedt for 16 in three balls, moving from 150 to his double century in just 28 deliveries.

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Fastest Test double centuries

153 balls: Nathan Astle, New Zealand v England, Christchurch, 2002

163 balls: Ben Stokes, England v South Africa, Cape Town, 2016

168 balls: Virender Sehwag, India v Sri Lanka, Mumbai, 2009

182 balls: Virender Sehwag, India v Pakistan, Lahore, 2006

186 balls: Brendon McCullum, New Zealand v Pakistan, Sharjah, 2014