England took firm control of the second Test against South Africa after England skipper Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes gave them a commanding first-innings lead at the end of day two of the second Test.
Stokes declared at 415-9, with South Africa trailing by 241 runs at the end after surviving a tricky nine-over spell from stumps. The Tourists, who lead the three-game streak 1-0, reached 23 in their second innings with Sarel Erwee on 12 and Dean Elgar on 11 undefeated, but they face a real battle against England’s attack today.
Foakes’ first ton had come on his debut against Sri Lanka in Galle in November 2018 and he was delighted to pick up his second against a South African attack that had torn England apart in the first Test at Lords. “That was a bit of a relief. I was overjoyed to get a test hundred. I had to wait a bit and I realized how hard it is to get them, so I think I celebrated this one a little more,” he said.
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South Africa 39-1 (16); S Erwee 25, K Petersen 2
Robinson continues and that is EDGE! A jewel that forms away from Erwee takes real advantage and falls millimeter just before the second slip. In fact, on second sight, Zak Crawley gets his hands on jumping forward – an incredible effort just to get as close as it came so quickly. It would be ridiculously harsh to call it a drop.
Erwee purposely deflects another through the slip cordon, but Lees and Bairstow combine on the boundary to limit SA to just three. A well saved run. Individual for Petersen from the final ball
Luke BakerAug 27, 2022 11:31 am
South Africa 35-1 (15); S Erwee 22, K Petersen 1
Anderson clearly likes this. A gem pushes Erwee back onto his stumps and if you’re charitable you’d say he played that one inside the line on purpose.
Perfect line and length by Jimmy, England, on top. Just a few singles of it over
Luke BakerAug 27, 2022 11:26 am
WATCH: Anderson removes Elgar with a ripper
So Jimmy Anderson got the first wicket of the morning. A Jaffa to get rid of Dean Elgar
Luke BakerAug 27, 2022 11:24 am
South Africa 33-1 (14); S Erwee 21, K Petersen 0
Ollie Robinson is set to replace Joe Root. He looks turned on and bangs a very nice girl. It was almost better as the over’s fifth handover soared into Erwee’s pads and then rolled toward the off stump, but the opener was alert enough to bat it away.
Luke BakerAug 27, 2022 11:23 am
South Africa 33-1 (13); S Erwee 20, K Petersen 0
That was a jewel of a ball from Anderson and he takes out Elgar for the sixth time in his Test career. Keegan Petersen is next man and he sees the last ball of the over
Luke BakerAug 27, 2022 11:19 am
OUT! Dean Elgar b. Anderson 11 (38); South Africa 33:1 (12.5)
If South African wickets fall it will be interesting to see if Rassie can bat van der Dussen. He sustained a finger injury earlier in the test and is spotted wearing a finger splint on the pavilion’s balcony.
Anderson makes you sip back and Erwee molds it off the pads nicely for a single. Then he hits Elgar all ends with one going through to Foakes in front of you wicket! A gem by Jimmy! He cartwheels with a beauty who hits just outside, beating the South African captain’s defence. England rolls!
Luke BakerAug 27, 2022 11:17 am
South Africa 32-0 (12); S Erwee 20*, D Elgar 11*
It’s actually Root to keep going, and he gets a lot of distraction from the first delivery when he lands the ball in a huge chunk of rough outside stump (left-handed).
Elgar is forced into defensive mode, especially when the penultimate delivery comes his way and he dodges. Clean maiden for the ex-England skipper with a few balls just to get the Proteas thinking.
Luke BakerAug 27, 2022 11:10 am
South Africa 32-0 (11); S Erwee 20*, D Elgar 11*
More conventional from the other end as Jimmy Anderson opens from the James Anderson end. Appropriate… That root over might have been to swap Jack Leach’s ends – we’ll see.
Erwee shrugs a few arms before a nice cover drive for three runs away, with Leach giving chase and just avoiding the border with a dive. A single from the pads is Dean Elgar’s first run of the morning.
Luke BakerAug 27, 2022 11:08 am
South Africa 28-0 (10); S Erwee 17*, D Elgar 11*
Um… It’s Joe Root opening the bowling… Turning the ball away from the left-handers – fair enough I think. First ball of the day, Erwee misses the ball and a big one APPEAL! Pitching outside leg though and the referee is unmoved.
Erwee more vigilantly for the next pair before crunching an over-inflated delivery through the roof FOUR!
Luke BakerAug 27, 2022 11:03 am
England vs South Africa – Day Three
We’re about five minutes from the start of the game. England’s bowlers will want to get into South Africa’s batting roster early on.
Can the proteas survive in this test match?
Luke BakerAug 27, 2022 10:56 am
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