Botham, Smith lead praise for stunning Stokes


Ben Stokes produced a devastating batting display in Cape Town on Sunday as England racked up the runs against South Africa.

As records tumbled Stokes and Jonny Bairstow saw England to 629-6 when Alastair Cook declared, both men scything the Proteas bowling to all areas of the Newlands ground.

Stokes eventually fell for 258, while Bairstow finished unbeaten on 150.

Here we take a look at how the cricket world reacted to Stokes' stunning display.


"This is a 'I was there moment'.... Thank you @benstokes38," - Michael Vaughan lauds Stokes' display.

"Special from @benstokes38. Pure entertainment," - England ODI captain Morgan full of praise for his colleague.

"Didn't know T20 was now been played in white [clothes]. @benstokes38 u should be arrested for such an onslaught," - former West Indies Test captain Darren Sammy suggests one way of stopping Stokes.

"This is a battering of the highest order. No solid plan to Stokes or Bairstow all day. Stokes outstanding wow!!" - South Africa legend Allan Donald not impressed by his side's display.

"Take a bow @benstokes38 he could write the book on taking the game away from opposition. All men on fence and still backing himself," - Tim Bresnan hails Stokes' onslaught.

"Even as a South African you have to enjoy this. It's been both gut-wrenching and electric to watch," - Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith struggles with his emotions on BBC Test Match Special.

"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," - Ian Botham, on Sky Sports, not surprised by Stokes' play.

"All those thousands of England supporters who've come out here for a bit of a holiday, a bit of sunshine, see some cricket - you've seen something special. You don't get 200s like that very often - very rare," - BBC Test Match Special summariser Geoffrey Boycott hopes the fans enjoyed it.