England lead South Africa by 252 runs in rain-hit 3rd test

Henrietta Strickland
July 30, 2017

James Anderson believes Keaton Jennings may have turned a corner after the England opener battled his way to 34 not out on day three of the third Test against South Africa.

The pair pressed home England's advantage after debutant Toby Roland-Jones (5-57) took the one wicket he needed to become the first player since Graham Onions in 2009 to take five or more wickets in their debut bowling innings for England.

The 25-year-old Durham left-hander, England-qualified through his mother and by residence, almost fell cheaply again to another slip catch by Dean Elgar off Vernon Philander only for an edge on six to be dropped on this occasion.

Ground staff work to keep water off the covers as rain stopped play on the third day of the third test match between England and South Africa at The Oval cricket ground in London, Saturday, July 29.

With South Africa eight down by the close of play on Friday, England sensed a chance to wrap up their opponents' innings early on, especially with handy all-rounder Vernon Philander seemingly unable to bat due to being hospitalised with a stomach virus.

The weather forecast appears brighter for the final two days of action in Kennington and England will hope to be given ample time to wrap up a second victory of what continues to be a very topsy-turvy four-matches series.

It was only when Anderson enticed Morkel into gifting a catch to first slip that the stand was broken, and despite reservations Philander did then take his place in the middle. He believes the way he handled Morne Morkel - the giant quick roared in from the Pavilion End and bowled Alastair Cook with a peach of a delivery - is promising.

But his review of umpire Joel Wilson's decision showed the ball had pitched just outside the leg stump.

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