On-Song Anderson hands England stranglehold on second day

Beth Cruz
August 6, 2017

On the face of it 260-6 at the close on a hard day for batting was not a disaster for Root's men as they looked to seal a 3-1 series win with victory for all the margin call went South Africa's way.

Monday's announcement means Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan is set to be given another chance to prove his worth at Test level after managing scores of just one and 10 on debut at The Oval.

Jennings has averaged just 15.33 in the current series with South Africa, which resumes on Friday at Old Trafford, but reminded selectors of his qualities with 48 in the second innings of England's third-Test win at the Kia Oval earlier this week.

This was an exemplary Test innings - executed to perfection from first ball to last - and it showed just how mature a player Stokes has become.

Anderson, England's evergreen strike bowler, was the man of the moment, though, his best figures in a Test innings at Old Trafford - all from the newly christened James Anderson End - leaving Morne Morkel (18 not out) and Duanne Olivier to await their inevitable fate on Sunday.

Moeen completed his hat-trick with the first ball of his next over, although he had to wait for a review to confirm he had trapped Morkel lbw. Skipper Joe Root and his deputy Ben Stokes scored individual half-centuries before both were dismissed. Dean Elgar, South Africa's anchorman, lasted just three balls before being pinned on the shin by a trademark Anderson inswinger to the left-hander.

Yet it would have been so much worse had it not been for three gritty knocks from Cook, Root and particularly Stokes, whose battling effort, latterly in company with Jonny Bairstow, very almost saw off the second new ball as the sun stretched across Old Trafford.

Then after Toby Roland-Jones had bagged Hashim Amla for the third time in succession, caught behind off an innocuous delivery down the leg side, and Moeen Ali equalled his best of 19 wickets in a series when Heino Kuhn edged low to slip in an often dour afternoon, it was back to Anderson after tea.

Bairstow batted brilliantly with the tail to reach the brink of his fourth Test century.

"It raises questions about whether he is fit enough to be picked in the first place".

Dhawan received tremendous support from Cheteshwar Pujara (153), Ajinkya Rahane (57), Ravi Ashwin (47) and Hardik Pandya (50). He conceded a solitary run from his next three overs, and that off a yorker to de Kock that all but wriggled through his defences. England were reduced to 92 for two at that stage.

The Fourth Test starts on 4 August.

"It's a massive headache but I guess a good one, " admitted Kohli.

"I knew what I needed to do", he said of his attitude after the big over. We let ourselves down with the bat in the first innings, and we have been brutally honest about it. He will be replaced by Lahiru Thirimanne.

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