England win, but South Africa makes history

Aug 06, 2017, 00:29
England win, but South Africa makes history

"Vernon is going to go through a fitness test today - he's got a tight back, but he should be okay", said Du Plessis, who reasons that if Philander is even marginally inconvenienced the balance of South Africa's team may well have to change.

Before play, a presentation was made to James Anderson after the Pavilion End at Old Trafford, his Lancashire home ground, was officially renamed the James Anderson End in honour of England´s all-time leading Test wicket-taker.

Dawid Malan could be excused for the loss of his wickets at The Oval where he got a pearler in the first innings and was out as England threw the bat in the second innings.

Day 2 action of the fourth Test match between England and South Africa will be on August 5, 2017 (Saturday).

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

Click on the video above to see highlights of an enthralling day's play on which South Africa's seamers, led by Rabada (2-52) and Morne Morkel (1-57), fought hard in helpful conditions.

Jennings was out though when, getting only half forward to Duanne Olivier, he was caught behind by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock, a former team-mate in the XI at Johannesburg´s King Edward VII school.

Cook settled sufficiently as England reached 67 for one at lunch, though new man Westley endured some dicey moments.

Stokes and Jonny Bairstow (33 not out) kept the South African attack at bay with their 65 run stand for the sixth wicket with the Durham all-rounder completing another fine half century.

The latter partnership was threatening to put a downer on the fielding side's efforts until Rabada summoned one last effort and parted Stokes' stumps with a rapid yorker.

"It looks as though it's a wicket where the bowlers are always in it". That's being dismissed on the very first ball in the second innings. We'll be keeping a close eye on his (Hameed's) championship game (against Hampshire) on Sunday and we want him to make runs.

Ben Stokes made a valuable century in the middle order at The Oval and Bayliss, with an Ashes tour on the horizon, said: "I'm still of the view we don't need more than seven batters". "It's a great record for him to have and hopefully there's thousands more to come".

"We let ourselves down but there is still everything to play for".

"The one occasion where we managed to pull a miracle off was in Australia with two seamers, but normally you can't win a Test match with two bowlers". Its importance to England can not be underestimated, as he led by example, showed his teammates how to bat in testing circumstances and set them on the path to victory.

"He needs to look at that, he needs to do a lot more work in his time away from the team to make sure this doesn't keep happening".

After passing 5000 runs by driving Morkel and then bringing up 50, there was no escape for Root when Olivier had him plum in front, but the television umpire did spare Bairstow late in the day, replays appearing to show that an edge from Maharaj did not carry to Dean Elgar.

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