England take charge to leave South Africa reeling in third Test

Doug Mendoza
July 30, 2017

The tourists had resumed on a highly vulnerable 126 for eight, having been 61 for seven at one stage on Friday following Roland-Jones' memorable four-wicket burst which accounted for South Africa's top order.

All-rounder Vernon Philander was discharged from the hospital on Saturday morning will bat on day three of the third test against England at the Oval, Cricket South Africa said.

Earlier Roland Jones had hailed the influence of the seniors in the team and said, "It's very helpful when you've got guys at the end of your mark with the experience of Jimmy and Stuart".

Johnson took six for 33 against Zimbabwe at Chester-le-Street in 2003.

Middlesex seamer Roland-Jones finished with figures of five for 57 in 16.4 overs to become just the sixth England cricketer to take five or more wickets in their debut bowling innings in Test match cricket.

South Africa-born and raised Jennings - England- qualified through his mother and residence - had launched his Test career with a century on debut against India in Mumbai in December.

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England gradually accelerated with Stokes (31) and Roland-Jones (23 not out) joining Bairstow in some lusty blows as England's lead extended way beyond the test record for a successful final innings run chase of 418.

The diminutive Bavuma had a reprieve on 40 when an edged drive off Broad flew low to gully where a diving Ben Stokes could not hold what would have been a stunning catch.

Alastair Cook was the only batsman out after lunch, bowled by Morne Morkel for 7.

Stokes made 112 and Cook 88 in a competitive first-innings total after England were twice dismissed cheaply in a thumping 340-run second Test defeat at Trent Bridge.

The worth of his more than three-hour innings was acknowledged by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who led the applause from the dressing room balcony.

Looking nerveless and with a big smile both while he was batting and when in the field, Roland-Jones looked determined to enjoy his big day from the start when he scored a blistering run-a-ball 25.

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