England v South Africa LIVE: cricket result and second test updates from Old Trafford today


<p>Ben Stokes plays a reverse sweep in England’s first innings</p>
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Ben Stokes plays a reverse sweep in England’s first innings

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England resume batting today on the second day of the second Test against South Africa after playing dominant cricket with bat and particularly ball to take control at Old Trafford yesterday.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad each took three wickets as England knocked out the tourists for 151. South Africa responded with the early wickets of Alex Lees, Ollie Pope and Joe Root but Zak Crawley stayed there with a dogged 17 runs from 77 balls that allowed Jonny Bairstow to break free and scored 38 points to snag England to 111-3 bring to.

Ben Stokes’ side are trying to recover from a comprehensive defeat at Lord’s. The South African bowling attack tore through England’s batting line-up, led by Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen, and England need to find a way to stem the loss of wickets at Old Trafford this week if they are to level the three Test series .

Who will win the second test in Manchester? Follow the latest score updates and live commentary from Old Trafford below.

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OUT! Ben Stokes 103 (163), ct. Dean Elgar, born Kagiso Rabada, England 320/6 (89.2)

But Ben Stokes soon falls after hitting triple digits! He’d just intercepted a sore spot from Rabada by stabbing into the body from an inside edge and Stokes couldn’t resist a big swing on the next ball.

It’s not quite there to be hit as Stokes clears the front leg, just short enough to hit a sizeable top edge and a tumbling Dean Elgar makes a sure catch in the middle.

Offside, Stokes wanders to a handshake from Rabada and a standing ovation from the crowd that put his side so firmly in the lead in the game.

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England 320/5 (89), B Stokes 103, B Foakes 68, S Harmer 0-57 (20)

Risking another walk through the wicket, Stokes adapts well when Harmer pulls his length back and blocks for too long to make a comfortable single.

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England 317/5 (88), B Stokes 101, B Foakes 67, K Rabada 1-93 (21)

Foakes then leads Rabada to the third man for four.

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100 for Ben Stokes! England 311/5 (87.2)

THERE IT IS! A crisp shot ricochets off Kagiso Rabada’s boot and away into open space, and Ben Stokes comes through to reach his 12th Test hundred and first as England captain!

He promised that after some criticism of a somewhat reckless approach he would step up the racquet this summer and this has been measured beautifully, building slowly and then accelerating once it’s set and hitting the 158 ball (6×4, 3×6) milestone reached.

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England 310-5 (87), B Stokes 99, B Foakes 62, Simon Harmer 0-54 (19)

Foakes and Stokes each take a single from the first two balls of Harmer’s Over, disappointing the crowd that their pushing doesn’t result in Stokes charging back for two.

Four points and Stokes will strike at 99.

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back out there

But the focus of the camera is on Ben Stokes, who strides into the middle alongside his partner. Two for the first hundred as England skipper.

The ball may only be six overs old but Dean Elgar is already getting back to his spinners and is hoping Simon Harmer, who occasionally takes the new ball in Essex, can get it to slide on and harass the two batsmen.

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Ben Foakes’ 50th

He had an outstanding summer with the racquet at Surrey and that inning was a useful reminder of just how organized a Ben Foakes player can be. He was almost better suited at the test level and although South Africa could have tested him more against Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, he seemed much more relaxed against the Quicks than he did with Lord.

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Tea! England (308/5) leads South Africa (151ao) with 157 runs

An excellent session for England, their rhyming couplet of Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes calmly carries on, building their partnership to 161. Stokes played superbly and compiled his highest score as Test captain, while Foakes looked calm and in total control and moved through a third Test in half a century – one he perhaps needed after raising some questions about his acumen against high pace.

The pair were rather helped by some slightly odd tactics from South Africa, which started after lunch with two spinners and waited what felt like an eternity before throwing the ball to one of their quicks, allowing Foakes and Stokes to calm down. They’re just a wicket away from another long English tail – but that’s already looking like a potentially match-winning partnership.

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Tea! England 308/5 (86), B Stokes 98, B Foakes 61, K Rabada 1-86 (20)

Angles and Stokes cut in half, biting through the middle of the belly along the way! Not yet a hundred for Stokes but he will walk away to a standing ovation from the home crowd.

Tea day two, England 157 ahead and still five wickets in hand.

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England 307/5 (85.5)

A single from the hips of Foakes, and Stokes will have a ball before the break to chase the landmark…

Rabada around the wicket and made him wait with a few field changes.

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