In the second Test at Old Trafford on Saturday, England captain Ben Stokes scored a double just after tea to pave the way for his side’s series-tying innings and an 85-run victory over South Africa. .
After all-rounder Stokes removed well-set batsmen Lassie van der Duessen and Keegan Petersen, the Proteas collapsed to 179, losing five wickets for seven runs on 31 balls against new balls. .
England’s margin of victory was even greater than South Africa’s innings and 12-run success in the First Test at Lord’s.
Stokes starred with both bat and ball in the Player of the Match display in Manchester, making 103 in England’s 415-9 declaration. Test vest 113 not out.
Petersen and van der Dussen batted throughout the second session of the third day of play while battling finger injuries to tie World Test Championship leaders South Africa to a 141-3 draw.
However, Stokes, who won five of his six Tests as full-time captain, finished a stand of 43 overs and tried hard on both sides of the tea in a spell of 14 overs, leading Van der Düssen and Petersen to win. Removed by interval score. They are 41 and 42 respectively.
Just three balls after tea, Van der Dussen was out in the stumps, catching up with a delivery of Stokes that might have otherwise left him behind, and closing the delay to end an 87 stand with Petersen. I took
But when Stokes, still operating on the old ball, pulled back a length and cut off to end a valiant 159-ball inning featuring just one four, Petersen gave Fawkes an easy win. There was little you could do other than grab the catch.
South Africa are now 151-5 and all of their specialist hitters have been sacked.
– Anderson Strikes –
Stokes then handed the new ball to 40-year-old England great James Anderson and brought back seamer Ollie Robinson.
Robinson went 4-43 in his first Test in seven months and Anderson went 3-30.
Anderson’s record surpassed Australia’s Glenn McGrath to become international cricket’s most prolific fast bowler in all forms, taking his total record to a staggering 951.
South Africa restarted 23-0 on Saturday and finished the series after being dismissed for just 151 in the first innings when Proteas captain Dean Elgar chose to bat when they won the toss in bowler-friendly conditions. We faced the difficult task of maintaining the lead.
However, the Proteas lost both openers by 9 overs on Saturday’s play.
Elgar fell without adding to 11 for the overnight when he was bowled by a full-length delivery from Anderson who sent a cartwheel off the stumps.
South Africa quickly went from 33-1 to 39-2. Near his 25th on Friday he took 12 knots out of Surrell. His Arwie played neither the reeve nor his stroke defensively to hold down a shot from Robinson to Fawkes.
Struggling hitter Aiden Markrum was bowled for a duck by a spectacular delivery from Stuart Broad, but the veteran seamer was denied a wicket by a tight no-ball call.
But it made little difference. Broad caught an edgy drive by Mark Lamb for six on his second slip of Zach Crowley.