Bayliss backs Stokes to replicate double


England coach Trevor Bayliss says all-rounder Ben Stokes has plenty of time to replicate or better the double ton he scored against South Africa in Cape Town, and backs him to do it.

After Stokes scored his 258 against the Proteas at Newlands, recording the fast Test 250 in that time, the batsman said he didn't think he'd be able to score another knock like that, but his coach has faith.

Australian Bayliss said on the BBC: "I'm not sure it was a one-off. It's quite possible he could do it again, he's that type of player.

"He's in the prime of his career and we all look forward to watching more of that."

The Test ended in a draw, thanks to Hashim Amla's double century and a ton from Temba Bavuma that saw England's 600-plus score erased. England dropped seven catches in that knock, which frustrated Bayliss.

He added: "If all the catches had been taken there would definitely have been a result. Our catching let us down badly.

"We could have been bowling for a win on the last day if we'd taken even half of our catches. That's something we'll have to continue to work on."

The third of four Tests will be played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg from 14 January. England lead the series one-nil.