Ollie Robinson returned England’s best figures of his own before returning to South Africa in the third and deciding Test at The Oval on Saturday after honoring England’s Queen Elizabeth II of cricket. Sussex seamer Robinson took 5-49 in 14 overs, his third five-wicket haul in 11 career Tests as South Africa were bowled out for just 118 runs. Veteran pacer Stuart Broad enjoyed a 4-41 comeback. Yet an extraordinary third day – but the first active in the game – ended with England leading 154-7, only 36 runs.
South African left-arm pacer Marco Jensen, who had unfortunately top-scored with 30 in the Proteas’ meager total after being ruled out of the second Test, took away England’s top four as they scored 4-34 in 11 overs. Make it
Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada then took the crucial wicket of Ollie Pope, who fell for 67 at his Surrey home ground.
Pope fenced a good length delivery outside off-stump and was caught behind – to his apparent disgust – as a brilliant innings of 77 balls ended as a boundary for 52 runs.
Surrey and England wicketkeeper Ben Fox was dismissed for 11 not out after scoring an unbeaten century in the second Test at Old Trafford. Robinson was unbeaten on three when the bad light ended just half an hour before the scheduled 1800 GMT shutdown, despite the floodlights being on.
Opening day washed out without a ball being bowled and there were no games on Friday, with three days left after the death of Britain’s longest-serving monarch on Thursday.
But South Africa defeated England by an innings and 12 runs at Lord’s three days before the hosts won the second Test in Manchester by an innings and 85 runs.
Stokes had won the toss on Thursday and elected to bowl and Saturday’s rain helped the bowlers.
After a minute’s silence in remembrance of the Queen, South Africa’s long-standing top-order problems were again apparent with the rendition of ‘God Save the King’ for the first time at a major sporting event during the reign of Charles III. Gone.
South Africa captain Dean Elgar, his team’s most experienced batsman, was bowled by Robinson for just one run between bat and pad.
England great James Anderson then caught Elgar’s opening partner Sarrell Irvy for a duck, with South Africa trailing 32-5 in the first hour.
But Khaya Zondo responded to the disappointing situation by hitting spinner Jack Leach for a six in his first Test innings.
Together with Janssen, he doubled the score from 36-6 to 72-7.
Zondo, however, was dismissed for 23 in the first over after lunch, landing on a lifting broad delivery.
Jensen was dropped twice in a broad over before Joe Root was dismissed at first slip.
England have had their own batting problems and Vishal Jensen removed the struggling opening pair of Alex Lees (13), which was thrown between bat and pad, and Jack Crawley (five), lbw to an inswinger.
The hosts’ 84-2 at tea soon turned 84-3 when Root, chasing a wide delivery from Jensen, was brilliantly caught by Keegan Pietersen at third slip for 23 – the star batsman’s first double of the series. -figure score.
Root’s teammate Brooke in Yorkshire made the impression in style by cover-driving Jensen for four before the rain stopped for 30 minutes. The 23-year-old didn’t add to his 12 when he recklessly flung Jansen off Rabada at long leg.
Stokes, after being nearly dismissed for five, fell for six when he threw paceman Enrique Nortje at first slip.
Topics mentioned in this article