Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

England v South Africa: James Anderson & Jonny Bairstow star on second day

England v South Africa: James Anderson & Jonny Bairstow star on second day

James Anderson starred with the ball and Jonny Bairstow was out lbw for 99 to end a swashbuckling counterattack as South Africa struggled to 220-9 on day two of the fourth Test at Old Trafford, where they trail England by 142 runs.

A tour that started back in mid-May has already seen South Africa lose one-day global and Twenty20 series to England, with the Proteas suffering a disappointing first-round exit in the Champions Trophy as well during their time in England.

Du Plessis is eager to play a big part himself after a disappointing Test at the Oval where he managed just 1 run in two innings.

However, on the last ball of the penultimate over of the day, Rabada gave South Africa a major breakthrough as he clean bowled Stokes for 58, which came off 96 balls and included eight boundaries.

While he was laid low, and even spent a night in hospital on a drip mid-match, South Africa went down by 239 runs and can only draw the series at best at Old Trafford. "We spoke about creating pressure.and getting as many balls (as possible) in the right area".

South African captain Faf du Plessis would have been concerned when Keshav Maharaj was forced off for treatment early in his spell but England continued to be pegged back as they ended the morning session on 67-1 at a run rate of just 2.31. In terms of impact, De Kock has been as good as Hashim Amla or AB De Villiers. When Roland-Jones destroyed South Africa's order on the second afternoon, there looked to be no way back for the Proteas.

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Bavuma might have been run out on 23, but Moeen failed in his attempt to take the stumps, while two hard chances were dropped in successive balls.

However, Morne Morkel and Rabada set South Africa's example with the new ball, hammering out an edge-threatening line and length to England's brace of left-handed openers, before Duanne Olivier provided pace, enthusiasm and the odd unplayable delivery in a lively return to the ranks.

He went on to produce a master-class of batting with the tail alongside Anderson - who could muster only four runs on his own account, but kept out 15 deliveries while Bairstow came up with a series of increasingly inventive and powerful shots among his 14 fours in all and a six over long-off. Opting to bat first, hosts England at stumps on day one were 260/6 with Jonny Bairstow and Toby Roland-Jones unbeaten on 38 and zero respectively.

Bairstow had a let-off when he was given out for four, caught at slip by Dean Elgar off Maharaj though replays indicated the ball had bounced before Elgar claimed the catch and Bairstow was duly reprieved.

He was in fluent touch Saturday against an attack without injured pacemen Vernon Philander and Chris Morris. He could have gone in the second over of the day here only for a leading edge to loop up and fall just short of a diving Rabada in his follow through.

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