Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Five Takeaways from England's Third Test win over South Africa

Five Takeaways from England's Third Test win over South Africa

It continues a spate of various physical ailments to have afflicted him all summer, beginning with an ankle problem which pre-dates South Africa's arrival in mid-May, taking in a badly-bruised finger in the first Investec Test at Lord's - before the tummy troubles which left him on a hospital drip overnight mid-match last week. They were patient, bowling with good plans to the likes of Keaton Jennings and Tom Westley whilst beating the bat with alarming regularity. Theunis de Bruyn and Duanne Olivier were brought in to replace them.

Smith, the skipper of South Africa when Philander first broke into the national side, continued: "Sometimes you need to be a little bit harder on Vern".

After battling through illness in the third Test at The Oval, Vernon Philander succumbed to a back spasm on the eve of the match, as did another valued member of their fast-bowling stocks, Chris Morris - whose pace and aggression had been instrumental in their second-Test fightback at Trent Bridge last month.

England batsman Alastair Cook walks off after being caught behind by Quinton de Kock as bowler Keshav Maharaj celebrates with team-mates.

England, who'd won the toss, resumed on 6-260 after Kagiso Rabada had yorked the risky Ben Stokes for 58 late on Friday.

"Test cricket is a harsh world to come into and the tough thing for him is that there is talk about players being found out at worldwide level".

But the danger is that softer runs against a weaker West Indies side in the three Tests which follow (and act as the final auditions) will be of limited value as an examination of character and temperament.

The tourists closed the day on 220 for 9 in response to England's first innings total of 362. Olivier draws first blood for the visitors.

The surface was looking increasingly placid and while England's seamers were accurate and keeping the run-rate down, they were not posing too many questions for Heino Kuhn and Bavuma.

Captain Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel were all dismissed by the first ball they faced in South Africa's second innings.

Bairstow missed an edge off Maharaj and De Kock could also have been stumped by the England wicketkeeper.

"It's great to see someone so light of experience be very mature and go about it in the right way", added Root of Jennings, qualified for England through his mother and via residence.

The evening session, therefore, was reserved for England's middle-order pairing of Stokes and Bairstow - the most prolific partnership of the Trevor Bayliss era, and architects of that 399-run stand in Cape Town 18 months ago.

Root- He remains the hottest pick as far as batsman are concerned.

Bairstow finished on 33 off 72 balls, which included four boundaries, while Roland-Jones has yet to face a single ball.

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