Published: Sun, July 30, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Philander fit to bat for South Africa

Philander fit to bat for South Africa

Electing to bat, England captain Joe Root gave his predecessor Cook the chance to impress again in the landmark Test at the south London venue which has become one of the cricket's most historic grounds over 137 years.

Morkel has now taken Cook's wicket 10 times in Tests, more than any bowler.

The 25-year-old Durham left-hander, England-qualified through his mother and by residence, almost fell cheaply again to another slip catch by Dean Elgar off Vernon Philander only for an edge on six to be dropped on this occasion.

The Proteas' ninth-wicket pair Temba Bavuma (52) and Morne Morkel (17) showed stubborn resistance early, before Morkel came unstuck edging Jimmy Anderson to Alastair Cook at first slip.

South Africa resumed Saturday on 126 for eight, still needing a further 28 runs to avoid the follow-on, after England made 353 in their first innings.

Rain held up England on day three of the third Test with South Africa at The Oval, but there were much-needed runs for Keaton Jennings before play was brought to a premature close with the hosts in command.

Stokes could not quite cling on, and in Broad's next over South Africa were safely within 200 runs of England's total after a Bavuma cover-drive for four.

Bavuma's edge to the third man boundary off Roland-Jones saw him complete a hard-earned fifty off 111 balls, including eight fours.

The worth of his more than three-hour innings was acknowledged by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who led the applause from the dressing room balcony.

This four-match series is level at 1-1 after England won the first Test at Lord's by 211 runs before South Africa bounced back to take the second at Trent Bridge by 340 runs.

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