England take command in final Test vs Proteas

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 6, 2017

Anderson came to the fore again in the evening session, removing Temba Bavuma's bails for 46 and encouraging Faf du Plessis (27) to drag an inside edge onto his stumps, before drawing an outside edge from Theunis de Bruyn (11), taken in the slips by captain Joe Root.

While England kept the same lineup from its 239-run win at the Oval, South Africa was forced into two changes because of injuries to seam bowler Vernon Philander and allrounder Chris Morris.

In many ways, the real damage to South Africa had been done in the morning when Jonny Bairstow added 50 for the last wicket with Anderson.

However, he secured a ton with the gloves when he snaffled Hashim Amla down the leg side off Toby Roland-Jones, a 95th catch adding to five stumpings.

But further cause for South Africa celebration did arrive with the final ball of the 89th over, Stokes' exit ending a seemingly ominous innings and offering the tourists plenty of reason for hope going into day two as they bid to share the series.

Heavy rain in Manchester has hampered preparations for the final Test, into which England take a 2-1 lead, with heat lamps being used to keep the pitch dry.

After having a stand named at the Old Trafford, James Anderson stunned the visitors with a fiery four-for.

England, who'd won the toss, resumed on 6-260 after Kagiso Rabada had yorked the unsafe Ben Stokes for 58 late on Friday. While both wickets were important, the one that caught our eye was the wicket of Ben Stokes.

De Bruyn, who had got off the mark with an unexpectedly emphatic reverse sweep off Moeen, eventually dented Anderson's figures a touch with a firm clip for four through midwicket.

But half an hour after the re-start, spinner Keshav Maharaj got reward for his persistence when he tempted Cook into a drive and his edge was snaffled up by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.

But at the very least the son of Ray Jennings, South Africa's isolation era wicket-keeper and later a caretaker national coach, appears to have retained his place at Old Trafford.

It was a classic inswinger that trapped left-handed opener Dean Elgar lbw for a third-ball duck - a trademark Anderson dismissal.

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". In the end, he fell one run short, becoming the 13th England Test batsman to be dismissed for 99. Dawid Malan even entered the fray for an exploratory over of all-sorts, before Broad set the seal on a day of largely unchecked dominance, Stokes swooping brilliantly in the gully to break a determined ninth-wicket stand of 31.

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