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  1. Stokes 258 off 198 balls
  2. Second fastest Test double century
  3. Bairstow 150* - maiden Test century
  4. Highest Test sixth-wicket stand (399)
  5. Amla 64*, De Villiers 25*
  6. England lead 1-0 in four-match series

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By Marc Higginson and Justin Goulding

All times stated are UK

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Ben Stokes

Well, it's time for me to sign off after what has been a sensational day of cricket.

There's going to be plenty more reaction over here and I'll be back in the morning.

Until then... night!

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I think if they could get these two (Amla and De Villiers) out reasonably early, there's enough players in that line-up that are not great players, that England could get them out. There's guys who are not in great form, and the tail end is poor. De Villiers can be cruel - we've seen him in one-day cricket, he can play like Ben Stokes. The first half of the day is crucial." 

What about tomorrow? England will have a second crack at South Africa, who still need 289 runs to avoid the follow on tomorrow.

I know what you're thinking... 289 runs? Ben Stokes could get them before breakfast...

Herculean Stokes


Nice, Jeanna. Nice.

@bbctms @englandcricket @TheBarmyArmy @benstokes38 #bbccricket #SAvENG #GingerGod A HERCULEAN KNOCK!

@bbctms @englandcricket @TheBarmyArmy @benstokes38 #bbccricket #SAvENG #GingerGod A HERCULEAN KNOCK!

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Elgar played well - a nice big stride forward to the ball. He plays very straight, he drives the ball off the front of the bat.

"Once you've done it in Test cricket, it only takes 20 or 30 runs. A batsman like Amla, who caresses it, he could easily get 200 tomorrow."

Hashim Amla in bat for South Africa
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Any praise for a chastened South Africa from Geoffrey? Of course...

'Best day of my life'

England's Jonny Bairstow on Sky Sports: "It's the best day of my life. There's been ups and down along the way. It's not just special for me, but all the people who have helped me along the way. I'm over the moon.

"It's a special day for all the family, both here and not here.

"There's been lots of things over the last few years. My grandpa passed away last year and my dad's anniversary is coming up.

"It's great to play Test cricket and to come out and score 150 in a new year's Test, it's the start of what will hopefully be a long career.

"It was absolutely not a plan to play second fiddle to Ben, but he was going like a steam train. He was unbelievable and it was a special knock."

Jonny's father David, who played four Tests for England and had a glittering Yorkshire career, died aged 46 on 5 January 1998.

Jonny Bairstow
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'Ginger ninjas'

One of the best partnerships you could wish to see!!! The ginger ninjas @benstokes38 and @jbairstow21 were UNBELIEVABLE today 🙌💪👏 #SAvENG

'I let him have his moment'

Jonny Bairstow
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More from Ben Stokes: "People won't speak of Jonny's knock, but the way he played his natural game was amazing. 

"Jonny has worked really hard on how to play quick bowling. In the first Test he showed what form he is in. I'm buzzing for him. 

"I was conscious of getting out of the way when he got his first hundred. You want that 10 or 15 seconds all to your self. You want to salute your team-mates and the Barmy Army. 

"I let him have his moment then told him how proud I was of him."

'Cookie asked if I wanted to go for 300'

More from Ben Stokes: "It's nice when you get a flat wicket. You can hit through the line and you don't have to worry about your feet because I was just using my hands by the end of it. 

"Cookie sent a message out when we were on 600 saying '630, or do you want to go for 300?'. I said it didn't matter because I was just trying to hit every ball."

Ben Stokes

How's stat?!

Here's that Stokes innings in numbers...

  • Fastest Test double century by an England batsman
  • Highest score by an England batsman at Newlands, beating Jack Hobbs' 187 in 1910
  • Most sixes by an England batsman (11), beating Wally Hammond in 1933
  • Fastest ever 250 in Test cricket, from 196 balls
  • Highest score by an England number six, surpassing Graeme Hick's 178 against India in Mumbai in 1993
  • Stokes and Bairstow set the fastest 300 partnership, beating India's Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid
  • Stokes and Bairstow set the highest Test partnership for the sixth wicket

'I wanted to take the shine off the ball'

More from Ben Stokes: "I wasn't intentionally going to play like that last night, I just got myself in on a good wicket.

"Once the new ball came, it pinged off the bat a bit faster.

"I was just trying to get the shine off it as quickly as possible."

Less is more from Nasser

Former England captain Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports: "Class knock, absolutely class knock."

'He who dares... scores 250'

England's Ben Stokes on Sky Sports: "I can't really believe what I did. It hasn't sunk in yet. It was just one of them days. Everything went my way. I don't really know how to explain it.

"He who dares is probably the best way to describe it.

"When I looked at the board, we had a lot runs and I thought we were in good position anyway. So I just tried to chance my arm because I thought me slogging one up in the air wouldn't hurt too much."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Jonny Bairstow
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"Bairstow's mature, he didn't try to compete with Stokes. Bairstow carried on playing, took his singles, played his shots when he could, and after he got 100 he played expressively."

I'm sure there'll be a few of Jonny Bairstow's best bits in there too...

If you listen to Test Match Special now - you can do so via this page - they are replaying the highlights of that astonishing Ben Stokes innings.

Beefy salutes Stokes

Former all-rounder Ian Botham, whose record for fastest England double century Stokes broke today, on Sky Sports: "The next three days he's not going to sleep. He's going to run in and bowl 100mph and dive through picket fences. You've got to make the most of it and enjoy it."

Ben Stokes
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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"If anything South Africa got sucked in to bowling Stokes out. If they had played like a 50-over match they would have tried more yorkers.

"I'm not blaming Amla this time - I don't think you could have done much. Stokes may have hit those one-day variations, it was just his day!"

Could South Africa have done anything to stop Storm Stokes? Geoffrey doesn't think so.

@amlahash @OfficialCSA @ECB_cricket @benstokes38 @jbairstow21 SA fighting hard, but what a performance from Bairstow and Stokes #hattsoff

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Kapil Dev
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"Stokes doesn't bat the same style but remember Kapil Dev? He plays in that free uninhibited way. They are just cleanly hit. They sailed over the boundary by a long way.

"Everybody that has come today will go home and say they've seen something really rare. Rare, special, enjoyable, memorable."

The BEAST! What a freak. Best knock I've ever seen. Well played ledge @benstokes38!! #superstar #entertainer

Awesome from @jbairstow21 too. Congratulations on your Maiden Test Hundred! Amazing innings. What a days cricket

The day was all about Ben Stokes, however, with the all-rounder adding to his batting exploits with the wicket of stubborn opener Dean Elgar.

England, by the way, scored 312 runs in 39 overs with the bat today. Wow.

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"South Africa feel to be a team in decline but they have shown some steel."

Stiaan van Zyl is stumped

When South Africa were put out of their fielding misery, their day appeared to be going from bad to worse as opener Stiaan van Zyl fell to a run out with less than 10 on the board.

However, Dean Elgar (44), Hashim Amla (64*) and AB De Villiers (25*) all batted sensibly to give South Africa a fighting chance. The hosts ended the day 141-2.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was an extraordinary day, an extraordinary batting performance. Stokes teed off right from the first over. Amla opened with Morris and he seemed to fancy him from the off. Nobody saw this coming. We all know that Stokes is a rough diamond, a free spirit."

Thank you @benstokes38 and @jbairstow21 for a brilliant start to 2016 #SAvENG

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow
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At the other end, Jonny Bairstow played a fine supporting role and reached his maiden Test century after lunch before going through the gears himself.

Jos Buttler will have to go some to get back into the side now.

Bairstow finished with 150 not out, his innings only being ended when England declared on 629-6.

As Geoffrey says, Stokes was smashing everything. It was like a closing down sale at a shop - everything had to go. And it did.

Morne Morkel, with more than 200 Test wickets to his name, was bowling length balls and watching them disappear back over his head.

It really was sensational stuff.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Ben Stokes
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"It's been a memorable day. That was phenomenal. You won't see many innings like Ben Stokes'. They are very special moments.

"Jonny Bairstow played well at second fiddle, but some of the strokes by Stokes... he kept smashing the bowlers back over their head.

"It was an outstanding innings - I'm very pleased for the young man - a marvellous performance."

Ben Stokes started the day on 74 not out, but the best was yet to come.

He plundered runs left, right and centre. Poor Chris Morris, on his debut, went for 81 runs in 57 balls.

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"It happened from the first over of the day, when Stokes smashed two fours. It gave us a sense of what was to come."

Review of the day

Let's recap on what happened today then.

To put it bluntly, Ben Stokes marmalised South Africa.

It was raining fours and sixes as the all-rounder produced an innings as imposing as Table Mountain which overlooks Newlands.

Alison Mitchell

BBC Test Match Special

"It's been a remarkable, remarkable day for English cricket. It will stick long in the memory of everyone who saw it, particularly the thousands who have travelled over to Cape Town."

'We thought Stokes might make it as a county player'

Ben Stokes
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Ben Stokes' heroics with the bat have taken even his former team-mates by surprise.

The all-rounder's 258 off 198 balls was the fastest double century by an England player, and the second quickest of all time.

But Geoff Minshaw, club secretary at Cockermouth in Cumbria, the club where Stokes played as a junior, told Press Association Sport: "We thought he could possibly make it as a county cricketer.

"I don't think anybody would have thought he would go on and dominate the world stage.

"He's got the potential to be the best all-rounder England have ever had and maybe the best all-rounder the world has ever seen."

Forget Sunday, this was Stokesday.

A sensational day of Test cricket ends with England 488 runs in front. Not bad, I suppose.