Home » Sport

Joe Root shows class as South Africa come out fighting

06 August, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Carla Brady
  • England claimed the win by 239 runs to go 2-1 up with one more Test to play in the series

Jonny Bairstow made a dashing 99 before James Anderson struck from the newly-named James Anderson End to leave England well-placed in the fourth Test against South Africa at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Morne Morkel was 18 not out after Kagiso Rabada (23) was brilliantly caught by a diving Ben Stokes in the gully off Stuart Broad in what became the last ball of the day.

Earlier, Bairstow, resuming on 33 and with England looking to build on an overnight score of 260-6, thrilled the crowd and tormented South Africa with an irresistible combination of judgement, shot selection and execution.

A Root and Stokes partnership is always a threat for England and the pair were laying the foundations for a fruitful collaboration, putting on 43, before Olivier trapped the England skipper leg before.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis wants his batsmen to raise their game as they look to finish their lengthy tour of England with a flourish in the fourth Test cricket at Old Trafford today.

England also still has Moeen Ali, a handy batsman, to come as it seeks a second straight series win over South Africa, but its first at home over the Proteas since 1998.

In the end he went for 17, suicidally prodding at one from Duanne Olivier which seamed away and was easily taken by keeper Quinton de Kock. Yet with only seven balls remaining, the England all-rounder was beaten for pace by Rabada as he delivered a devilish yorker to clatter Stoke's stumps and send him packing for 58 from 96 balls.

Rabada collected 2-52 and Olivier 2-72.




England had laboured to bowl out the South Africans in the morning as Elgar continued his gutsy knock, although Toby Roland-Jones continued his fine debut by dismissing Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander with successive balls. When Roland-Jones destroyed South Africa's order on the second afternoon, there looked to be no way back for the Proteas. Westley will be disappointed not go on from a start of 29 runs from 88 balls as wicketkeeper de Kock picked up his 100th dismissal in just his 23rd Test match.

England lead this four-match series 2-1.

For Root, his 5000 test runs have come at a fabulous rate: 57 tests and 105 innings, putting him among some outstanding names.

De Bruyn edged and Keaton Jennings could not hang onto a leaping effort in the gully off Anderson and then de Kock was spilled at slip by Stokes off Moeen.

The game proved just as one-sided as the previous two, with England winning at Lord's by 211 runs before losing at Trent Bridge by 340 runs.

The pacer, who has 10 wickets in the series, spent the second night of the Oval Test in hospital on a drip and was unable to bowl as he had to make back time he had spent off the pitch ill.

He scored all but four of the runs added with Anderson, and did so at better than a run a ball, as South Africa lost their heads in the field.

Recommended:

  • Fox News' Eric Bolling Suspended Amid Sexting Investigation

    Fox News' Eric Bolling Suspended Amid Sexting Investigation

    Numerous current and former Fox News hosts have accused Ailes of harassment since he was forced out of the company. Bolling can often be seen aggressively defending Trump on the network, and his loyalty has been repaid.

    Sessions vows crackdown on leaks of classified information

    The attorney general said four people are already being prosecuted to allegedly leaking, though he did not provide any details. Only this week transcripts of rancorous calls between President Trump and foreign leaders surfaced in the Washington Post .
    Occupied Kashmir shut-down as protest against killing of Kashmiri youth

    Occupied Kashmir shut-down as protest against killing of Kashmiri youth

    Three protesters were admitted to hospitals with bullet injuries and several others sustained pellet injuries in the clashes. Meanwhile, clashes broke out between the security forces and stone-pelting protesters as news of Dujana's death spread.
  • Two Martin Shkrelis meet same judge in same Brooklyn courthouse

    Two Martin Shkrelis meet same judge in same Brooklyn courthouse

    Shkreli faces eight counts of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The decision rendered Friday ends five days of jury deliberations after a five-week trial in federal court in Brooklyn .
    Vijender Singh to take on Zulipikar Maimaitiali in `Battleground Asia`

    Vijender Singh to take on Zulipikar Maimaitiali in `Battleground Asia`

    Zulpikar turned towards professional boxing in April 2015. "[Maimaitiali] has had just eight fights so far". Vijender started the fight on the back foot but managed to get his momentum back after the third round.
    In Australia : Airport security loophole fears after plane plot

    In Australia : Airport security loophole fears after plane plot

    Increased airport security measures introduced after the arrests have caused delays for some air transport operators. The offences are not related to the alleged plane bomb plot.
  • Cavs 'Would Love' To Acquire Devin Booker In Kyrie Irving Trade

    Just recently, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto reported that "Irving is not about to commit to any team at this point". Denver's second and third best assets respectively are too much for even a talent like Irving.
    Syrian rebels and refugees leave Lebanese border for Idlib

    Syrian rebels and refugees leave Lebanese border for Idlib

    The Lebanese army has been primarily engaged in a fight against ISIS positions in the area of Ras Baalbek near the Syrian border. Journalists look at parked buses that will transfer Nusra Front militants in Jroud Arsal , Syria-Lebanon border, July 31, 2017.
    Injury setback for Maria Sharapova raises US Open concerns

    Injury setback for Maria Sharapova raises US Open concerns

    Despite being forced to withdraw with a left arm injury, Sharapova will receive 55 ranking points for reaching the last 16 stages.
  • Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) has industry P/E ratio of 59.13

    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) has industry P/E ratio of 59.13

    Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc.'s holdings in Time Warner were worth $3,102,000 as of its most recent SEC filing. Advisory Services Network LLC bought a new stake in shares of Time Warner during the first quarter worth about $138,000.
    Chelsea hijack Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk deal

    Chelsea hijack Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk deal

    The center back has been made to train on his own for the last three weeks, but Saints are still hopeful of ending the standoff amicably.
    IT raids an attempt to terrorise Congress MLAs, says Bharatsinh Solanki

    IT raids an attempt to terrorise Congress MLAs, says Bharatsinh Solanki

    The raid happened at a time when Shivakumar was overseeing the stay of 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat at a resort near Bengaluru . Congress leader Anand Sharma said it is now becoming a trend to blatantly misuse powers of the state.


Popular

Ellie Mae Classic: Basketball star Stephen Curry misses cut in Nevada
Former PGA champion Jason Day added: "To be honest, I think it's pretty special for a two-time MVP to be able to shoot 74 at a pro event and beat other pros".

Three shot at San Francisco park crowded with families
The gunshots rang out at around 3:00pm in Dolores Park near the statue of Miguel Hidalgo in the city's Mission District Thursday. When asked if the incident appeared to be gang-related, she said, "It does not appear that this is a random event".

Naz Baloch reacts to Imran Khan's invitation to rejoin PTI
Khan himself has refrained from commenting on the matter directly and only touched upon it through a series of recent tweets. He said Imran Khan overlooked corruption in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa because it was being committed by his own party leaders.

Andre De Grasse pulls out of World Championships days before start date
De Grasse is considered by many to be the heir to the fastest-man-in-the-world throne. "I was like, 'Who is this kid?'" Sharpe said. "I'm like, 'Sure.

What really happened during 'that' phone call
The call made headlines back in January with many wondering just what was said between the two world leaders. The document contains notes which indicate that it was reviewed and classified by retired Lt.

Stephen King film trashed by critics
Did I mention the special effects? The film , at a lean 95 minutes, has the unmistakable air of a mitigated disaster. The elaborate concoction of genres - it's King to the max - would likely humble most any filmmaker.

Trump's approval rating down to 33%
The poll's findings also mark a new high for the president's disapproval rating , which now stands at 61 percent of voters. Trump's highest Gallup approval rating was 46 percent on January 25.

IT raids on DK Shivakumar 'undemocratic': CM Siddaramaiah
The Income Tax department has recovered a total amount of Rs. 10 crore, including Rs. 2.5 crore from Bengaluru . Shivakumar in the city and a luxury room he was staying at a private resort here, an official said.

Curry asked Warriors if they wanted him to take discount on salary
The other stuff, life continues to happen and there's a lot of great things going on, a lot of great things to celebrate. With Curry in the field, it will likely be one of the most-watched events of the Web.com Tour season.

Trump, senators to unveil bill to cut legal immigration to US
Perdue said during remarks at the White House that a bill to protect USA workers like this is "why we're here". His involvement will put him at the center of efforts to make changes to the legal immigration system.