Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope both managed to score centuries as they pushed England forward to 440-8 against South Africa at the end of day 2 of the third Test in the series.
With the series currently leveled at 1-1 England are looking as though they are on their way to setting quite the challenge for the Proteas so catch up with.
Ben Stokes reached 120 before being caught out by Dean Elgar off Dane Paterson’s delivery.
During his session, Ben Stokes made history by joining the elite “4000 Test runs and 100+ wickets” club.
His name now features alongside the likes of Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Daniel Vettori, Carl Hooper and Jacques Kallis who are all part of this elite club.
Pope who was named ICC Player of the Year teamed up with Ollie Pope to give England a huge advantage leading into this Test.
Ollie became one of the youngest batsmen for England to score a Test century doing so aged 22 years and 15 days. The last time this achievement was reached was in 2006 by Alastair Cook.
Pope is currently sitting on 132 not out at the end of day 2.
England’s combined score of 400+ runs is the first time they have achieved this score batting first in a Test since the Perth Ashes in 2017.
Zak Crawley and Sam Curran both came close to scoring half-centuries as they both managed to post 44 runs before being dismissed.
England have set a high tally for the Proteas to catch. South Africa started the series strong winning the first test match but put up a poor performance in the second test match that allowed England to draw the series 1-1.