England vs South Africa LIVE: Cricket score and third Test updates as England take lead but lose quick wickets

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England vs South Africa LIVE: Cricket score and third Test updates as England take lead but lose quick wickets

England bowled out South Africa for 118 as Ollie Robinson collected a five-wicket haul at the Oval. Stuart Broad picked up four wickets and James Anderson got the other as the tourists toiled in the deciding Test of the three-match series.

No play was possible at all on day one as rain washed out Harry Brook’s hopes of a debut, while on Friday the decision was taken that no play would occur as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II, who died the day previous. The ECB did however confirm that the action would resume on Saturday, and the players and fans at the Oval paid tribute to the Queen on Saturday morning with a minute’s silence.

South Africa won the first Test by an innings and 12 runs after a real batting collapse, but England thrashed their rivals to take the second Test and level the series at the end of August.

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Follow all the action on day three of the third Test below:

England vs South Africa

  • Wicket! Pope 67 (77) c. Verreynne b. Rabada, England 133-6 (27.4)

  • Wicket! Stokes 6 (9) c. Erwee b, Nortje, England 129-5 (26.5)

  • Wicket! Brook 12 (20) c. Rabada b. Jansen, England 107-4 (22.5)

  • Wicket! Root 23 (25) c. Petersen b. Jansen, England 84-3 (16.5)

  • Wicket! Crawley 5 (34) LBW b. Jansen, England 43-2 (9.1)

  • Wicket! Lees 13 (6) b. Jansen, England 17-1 (3.1)

  • Wicket! Nortje 7 (8) c. Stokes b. Broad, South Africa 118 all out (36.2)

  • Wicket! Maharaj 18 (32) b. Broad, South Africa 110-9 (34.5)

  • Wicket! Jansen 30 (59) c. Root b. Robinson, South Africa 99-8 (33.2)

  • Wicket! Zondo 23 (57) c. Lees b. Broad, South Africa 72-7 (25)

  • Wicket! Mulder 3 (13) c. Foakes b. Robinson, South Africa 36-6 (11.5)

  • Wicket! Verreynne 0 (2) c. Foakes b. Robinson, South Africa 32-5 (9.3)

  • Wicket! Rickelton 11 (20) c. Foakes b. Broad, South Africa 31-4 (9)

  • Wicket! Petersen 12 (14 ) b. Robinson, South Africa 21-3 (5.4)

  • Wicket! Erwee 0 (4) c. Foakes, b. Anderson, South Africa 7-2 (2.2)

  • Wicket! Elgar 1 (7) b. Robinson, South Africa 2-1 (1.4)

England vs South Africa: Lunch report

13:35 , Jack Rathborn

Left-arm seamer Marco Jansen took a career best 5-35 as South Africa bowled England out for 158 early on day four of the third and final test at The Oval on Sunday, before moving into the lead on 70 for one at lunch in their second innings.

Captain Dean Elgar was 35 not out and Keegan Petersen on seven with the touring side 30 runs ahead having seen off the new ball in difficult batting conditions.

The game has moved forward at pace with 20 wickets falling in four sessions after day one was washed out by rain and the second was cancelled as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

Both teams’ first innings lasted 36.2 overs as the seamers made hay on a helpful wicket, but England were frustrated in their search for a breakthrough, not helped by wayward lines that gave the visitors regular scoring opportunities.

There is still plenty in the wicket, and Elgar and fellow opener Erwee (26) rode their luck before the latter edged England captain Ben Stokes to Joe Root at first slip with the score on 58.

England had resumed the day on 154 for seven, but lost their last three wickets in 13 minutes for the addition of four runs.

Kagiso Rabada (4-81) had Ollie Robinson (3) caught by Elgar at short mid-off, before Jack Leach played the ball onto his stumps off the speedster.

Jansen wrapped up the innings when he claimed a first five- wicket haul in test cricket when Ben Foakes (14) edged a delivery to Petersen at third slip.

The series is poised at 1-1 after both teams won by an innings inside three days in the two previous games.


LUNCH: South Africa 70/1 (19.0), Elgar 35, Petersen 7

13:20 , Jack Rathborn

Elgar and Petersen avoid another breakthrough.

They get to lunch and have a lead of 30 runs.

Advantage Proteas.

WICKET! Erwee 26 (53) c. Root b. Stokes, South Africa 58/1 (15.3)

12:46 , Jack Rathborn

Stokes gets the breakthrough, magic from the captain!

It’s a fuller length and Erwee comes at it and is deceived by the swing.

It’s low, but Root gets low and grasps it, smart catch. The lead is 18 runs.

South Africa 57/0 (14.0), Elgar 30, Erwee 26

12:36 , Jack Rathborn

The lead is up to 17, England having conversations over a new ball?

The Proteas look to have the momentum here.

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South Africa 45/0 (11.0), Elgar 25, Erwee 19

12:24 , Jack Rathborn

Erwee sends Broad to the boundary, South Africa lead by five runs.

England bowling a little short and need a change of plan here.

Anderson back on, will Stokes bowl soon? Breakthrough needed to set up a manageable chase.

Elgar caught off guard there, it’s spat up from the wicket and pinged to fourth slip.

South Africa 32/0 (8.0), Elgar 16, Erwee 15

12:06 , Jack Rathborn

Stuart Broad now on for England, who search for a breakthrough, as the lead is about to vanish.

Still up by eight runs, the Proteas have started superbly.

Elgar is digging in, very gritty and the pressure could switch to England if he continues.

South Africa 15/0 (6.0), Elgar 10, Erwee 5

11:57 , Jack Rathborn

Dropped? Length ball and nudged to Anderson, it’s grabbed on the bounce.

A few moans from the Oval crowd.

South Africa 15/0 (5.0), Elgar 10, Erwee 5

11:46 , Jack Rathborn

Robinson thinks he’s got a catch here, Erwee nicks it to fifth slip!

The crowd aren’t sure, but go up with a crackle around the Oval.

The soft signal from Nitin Menon is not out, Chris Gaffaney could overrule but the replay shows a little brush of the turf before Anderson snaffled it.

England vs South Africa

11:25 , Jack Rathborn

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WICKET! Foakes 14 (35) c. Petersen b. Jansen, England 158 (36.2)

11:20 , Jack Rathborn

Foakes flicks to third slip, Jansen with a beauty, England all out for 158, a lead of 40 runs.

A big applause from the Oval crowd as the players come off the pitch, Jansen has his five-for.

This game is alive!

WICKET! Leach 0 (3) b. Rabada, England 158/9 (35.4)

11:11 , Jack Rathborn


Leach chops on, Rabada making light work early this morning at the Oval. England nine down...

England 156-8 (35.0), Leach 0, Foakes 13

11:08 , Jack Rathborn

Marco Jansen brings the fire from the Pavilion End.

Jack Leach starts at the non-striker’s end, Foakes fends off three balls before a single, then Leach negotiates a couple without fuss.

WICKET! Robinson 3 (3) c. Elgar b. Rabada, England 155/8 (33.6)

11:04 , Jack Rathborn

Foakes tickles Rabada away for a single, but South Africa start superbly with the next ball.

Robinson, gone! It’s chipped up to cover and caught by Elgar, that’s a poor way to lose your wicket, especially so soon.

England vs South Africa

10:53 , Jack Rathborn

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England’s Stuart Broad reacts to Day 3

10:30 , Jack Rathborn

“It was very special looking around the stadium and seeing a lot of faces in here, and it felt right to be in a cricket stadium,” Broad told Test Match Special.

“ It was a really good day, it felt like everyone was showing a lot of respect to the Queen and celebrating her life with playing a sporting game.”

England seam bowler Ollie Robinson reacts to Day 3

10:19 , Jack Rathborn

“It felt like a really special morning to be a part of. To show our respects in the way we did was a huge honour for us. The silence when we walked down the steps was something none of us had ever experienced.

“The message was clear from Ben, to be positive to try to force a result, to play brave cricket. I think we did that today.”

England lead by 36 at end of day three

Saturday 10 September 2022 19:04 , Michael Jones

At the start of the day’s play England captain Ben Stokes promised exciting action as the test match resumed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and he delivered.

After a somber and respectful tribute to the departed monarch, play started with South Africa asked to bat first. England were on top from the get-go and ripped through the top order thanks to an exceptional spell from Ollie Robinson. He ended with five wickets as England dismissed the Proteas for 118.

In reply Ollie Pope scored 67 but wickets continued to fall around him until bad light stopped play just after half past six. England managed to sneak ahead and with Ben Foakes and Robinson at the crease they lead by 36 runs.

17 wickets and close to 300 runs in the day, what will tomorrow bring?

Just us in the morning as England look to press ahead before bowling South Africa out cheaply once more. As Ben Stokes says ‘it’ll be exciting’ at the very least.

South Africa’s bowling figures

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:56 , Michael Jones

Kagiso Rabada 11.4-1-78-2

Marco Jansen 11-2-34-4

Wiaan Mulder 2-0-11-0

Anrich Nortje 9-0-29-1

England batting scorecard

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:54 , Michael Jones

England 154-7, lead by 36

Alex Lees b. Jansen 13(6)

Zak Crawley lbw b. Jansen 5(34)

Ollie Pope c. Verreynne b. Rabada 67(77)

Joe Root c. Petersen b. Jansen 23(25)

Harry Brook c. Rabada b. Jansen 12(20)

Ben Stokes c. Erwee b. Nortje 6(9)

Ben Foakes not out 11(24)

Stuart Broad c. Verreynne b. Rabada 6(11)

Ollie Robinson not out 3(2)

Jack Leach DNB

James Anderson DNB

Stumps: England 154-7, lead by 36

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:49 , Michael Jones

That’s it for the day. The umpires have called stumps on Day 3 with England leading by 36. They had a fantastic morning and early afternoon by skittling South Africa for just 118.

Ben Stokes’ men were well set to take a comprehensive grip on this game but the batting line-up floundered and the lead is only 36.

Ollie Pope scored a more than respectable 67 and Joe Root cameoed with 23 but none of the other batters chipped in with a significant score.

Bad light stops play!

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:35 , Michael Jones

With the umpires taking a light reading play can’t resume until it gets brighter which looks unlikely at this time of year. There have been 17 wickets fall today and England are marginally ahead.

The lead by 36 runs with three wickets left.

The umpires will keep the players off until seven and if the light doesn’t get better they’ll probably call time on the day’s play.

England 154-7 (33.4), Robinson 3, Foakes 11, Rabada 2-78 (11.4)

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:30 , Michael Jones

Ollie Robinson is the new batter and gets off the mark with a nice controlled on-drive past mid-on for three runs. With two deliveries left in Rabada’s 12th over the umpires take a light reading and take the players off.

Bad light stops play! That could be it for the day now.

Wicket! Broad 6 (11) c. Verreynne b. Rabada, England 151-7 (33.1)

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:26 , Michael Jones

Broad is caught behind!

Rabada has had enough of pitching the ball up to Broad and bangs a short ball into his body. Broad tries to hook it away to the leg side but gets a slight edge on the ball and nicks it through to Kyle Verreynne who clings onto the catch.

England 151-6 (33), Broad 6, Foakes 11, Nortje 1-29 (9)

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:23 , Michael Jones

It’s getting quite gloomy out there now as Nortje finishes another over and possibly his spell. Play can continue until 7.30pm but the light will become a factor as the day goes on.

England 150-6 (32.2), Broad 5, Foakes 11, Nortje 1-28 (8.2)

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:21 , Michael Jones

150 for England! Foakes flicks Nortje off his hips for one to bring up Englands 150, their lead is up to 32 and Foakes is batting nicely. He’s going to have to marshall the tail to the end of this innings.

England 149-6 (32), Broad 5, Foakes 10, Rabada 1-75 (11)

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:19 , Michael Jones

Two runs for Foakes from Rabada’s latest over but the wicketkeeper is lucky to miss a ball that pitches and nips away from his outside edge. It’s a jaffa from seamer.

Stuart Broad meanwhile has had a sight of a few full deliveries and this time he laces his stroke through the offside for four runs!

England 142-6 (31), Broad 1, Foakes 8, Nortje 1-27 (8)

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:13 , Michael Jones

Four runs! Nortje strays too straight and Foakes tickles the ball fine to pick up his first boundary of the innings. He takes one from the next delivery and leaves Broad with two deliveries to see out.

Broad isn’t the greatest batter against quick bowling and steps outside the leg stump and looks to swipe Nortje over extra-cover.

It’s a swing and a miss. He does the same with the next ball and picks out Dean Elgar at mid-off.

England 137-6 (30), Broad 1, Foakes 3, Rabada 1-69 (10)

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:08 , Michael Jones

Stuart Broad gets off the mark with a back foot punch through cover off Kagiso Rabada to pick up a single. Foakes plays a loose shot as Rabada finds some movement away from the right-hander.

The South African quick suddenly looks like a different prospect. He’s finding some rhythm from the Vauxhall end.

England 135-6 (29), Broad 0, Foakes 2, Nortje 1-22 (7)

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:04 , Michael Jones

England lead by 17 runs but the bowlers are at the crease. Anrich Nortje seems to have an extra spring in his step as he bowls to Ben Foakes who works him away for a couple.

Both Foakes and Stuart Broad are new to the crease and need to put a partnership together for England.

Wicket! Pope 67 (77) c. Verreynne b. Rabada, England 133-6 (27.4)

Saturday 10 September 2022 18:01 , Michael Jones

Rabada has his first wicket! It’s a little tentative push from Ollie Pope - something he hasn’t done all day - and he feathers the ball through to Kyle Verreynne behind the stumps.

England’s number three has to go and this is a brilliant fight back from South Africa who are right in the game now.

England 133-5 (27.2), Pope 67, Foakes 0, Rabada 0-67 (9.2)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:58 , Michael Jones

Ollie Pope collects England four more runs from Kagiso Rabada with another fine stroke through the leg side. The Surrey man has been the only batter to make a significant score today.

Wicket! Stokes 6 (9) c. Erwee b, Nortje, England 129-5 (26.5)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:54 , Michael Jones

Stokes is gone! A rather hectic innings from the England captain comes to an end as he attempts to bomb Nortje through the covers and edges the ball to Sarel Erwee at first slip.

England are five down with a lead of just 11.

England 128-4 (26.2), Pope 63, Stokes 6, Nortje 0-20 (5.2)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:52 , Michael Jones

Dropped! It’s harsh to call this a drop as Dean Elgar didn’t even get to the ball. Anrich Nortje replaces Marco Jansen and Ben Stokes tries to smack him out of the attack.

The bottom hand comes off the bat as Stokes skies it over to mid-off. Elgar is slow getting to the ball and has to dive full length to take the catch.

The ball flies through his outstretched arms and hits the turf. The England captain gets a reprieve.

England 127-4 (26), Pope 63, Stokes 5, Rabada 0-63 (8)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:49 , Michael Jones

Ollie Pope ends the over with another boundary as he flicks Rabada away through midwicket. Keshav Maharaj sprints after the ball and tries to keep it in play but he makes contact with the rope as he pulls the ball back and Pope adds four to his tally.

England 123-4 (25.3), Pope 59, Stokes 1, Rabada 0-59 (7.3)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:47 , Michael Jones

Ben Stokes dinks Kagiso Rabada around the corner behind square leg for a single and England take the lead.

With Pope on strike, Rabada gets one to bounce slightly higher and hits the corner edge of Pope’s bat but the ball flies over Keegan Petersen at slip and runs away for four runs.

England 118-4 (25), Pope 55, Stokes 4, Jansen 4-34 (11)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:44 , Michael Jones

England are level! Pope clips Jansen away and collects two runs to bring the scores level at the end of Jansen’s 11th over.

England 116-4 (24.2), Pope 53, Stokes 4, Jansen 4-32 (10.2)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:42 , Michael Jones

50 for Ollie Pope! He gets a top edge on an attempted pull shot and knocks the ball over the wicketkeeper’s head where the ball runs away for four runs.

Pope’s fifty comes up in 62 balls with 10 fours.

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England 112-4 (24), Pope 49, Stokes 4, Rabada 0-54 (7)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:38 , Michael Jones

Kagiso Rabada takes the ball from the other end and almost beats Ollie Pope for pace. Pope gets an inside edge onto his pads and the ball squirts through the slips for a single.

Ben Stokes is the new man for England. The captain needs to settle and dig in for a long innings here as England need the runs. He rocks back and cuts Rabada away for four runs off the last ball of the over.

Wicket! Brook 12 (20) c. Rabada b. Jansen, England 107-4 (22.5)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:35 , Michael Jones

Harry Brook is gone! Marco Jansen drags the ball down short and Brook looks to hook him away to the legside but has to drag the ball from wide of the off stump.

He doesn’t catch it well and loops the ball straight down to deep fine leg where Kagiso Rabada catches it and gives Jansen his fourth wicket of the innings.

England 107-3 (22.3), Pope 48, Brook 12, Jansen 3-28 (9.3)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:32 , Michael Jones

Jansen has start around the wicket, angling the ball into Brook and looking to nip it away from the right-handers. Harry Brook sees out the first three days quite comfortably as Jansen targets an off-stump line.

England 107-3 (22), Pope 48, Brook 12, Jansen 3-28 (9)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:29 , Michael Jones

Marco Jansen gets play back underway after the rain break with Harry Brook on strike for England

England seamers tear through South Africa on poignant day of third Test at the Oval

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:24 , Michael Jones

England seamers Ollie Robinson and Stuart Broad scythed through South Africa’s batting order on a poignant day three of the third Test.

After stirring tributes before play to commemorate the Queen at the Kia Oval, Robinson’s Test-best five for 49 and Broad’s four for 41 left South Africa in a heap, all out for a meagre 118 in 36.2 overs.

Only five batters got into double figures and just two reached 20 as England’s fast bowlers capitalised on just enough movement under leaden skies, but out-of-form openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley failed again before Ollie Pope (38 not out) and Joe Root (23no) took England to 84 for two at tea.

England seamers tear through South Africa on poignant day of third Test at the Oval

Play to restart at 5.30pm

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:18 , Michael Jones

The umpires have come out and told the ground staff to take the covers off and they’ve said that play will restart at half past five.

Rain stops play

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:12 , Michael Jones

This won’t be a long break, it’s hardly raining anymore and shouldn’t be too long before the covers are being taken off. The crowd want to see more cricket, they’re egging on the ground staff to take the covers off and get the game back on.

Rain stops play!

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:02 , Michael Jones

The clouds have come over the ground and it’s started to drizzle. Not heavily but enough for the umpires to take the players off the ground until it stops.

Ollie Pope has been good, he’s moved up to 48* with Harry Brook 12* on debut. England trail by 11 runs.

England 107-3 (22), Pope 48, Brook 12, Nortje 0-19 (5)

Saturday 10 September 2022 17:01 , Michael Jones

Ollie Pope cuts one away for another single and Dean Elgar sends a man out to deep square-leg as the South African’s consider some short stuff to Harry Brook.

Nortje goes full and Brook steadily drives him down the ground for three. Pope then rotates the strike back to the Yorkshire with a dab into the offside and Brook returns the favour to collect one more run.

England 100-3 (21), Pope 46, Brook 8, Jansen 3-28 (9)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:55 , Michael Jones

Just the one run from Marco Jansen’s over as Harry Brook showcases his defence and how well he can leave the ball. England trail by 18 runs.

They’ll want to get a lead on the board before Ben Stokes comes in next.

England 100-3 (20.1), Pope 46, Brook 8, Jansen 3-28 (8.1)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:52 , Michael Jones

Ollie Pope brings up the hundred for England by turning Marco Jansen away to fine leg. On a personal level Pope is also closing in on what would be a well earned fifty.

England 99-3 (20), Pope 45, Brook 8, Nortje 0-12 (4)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:51 , Michael Jones

Nicely done from Ollie Pope who drives one into the covers on the up. He doesn’t time it well but still collects a couple of runs off Anrich Nortje.

Nortje bangs a short and wide delivery into the pitch and Pope cuts the ball away in the air. Ryan Rickelton is patrolling the boundary but he doesn’t see the ball until late and it bounces safely despite cries of ‘catch!’ from his team mates.

England 96-3 (19), Pope 42, Brook 8, Jansen 3-27 (8)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:47 , Michael Jones

Four runs! Harry Brook’s first runs in test cricket come through a stonking cover drive off Marco Jansen. The bottom hand comes off his bat as he laces it across the square.

That’ll feel good for the Yorkshireman.

He repeats the result with a looser shot that heads backward of point but evades the fielder. It’s more of a square drive this time but Brook has back-to-back boundaries.

England 88-3 (18), Pope 42, Brook 0, Nortje 0-9 (3)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:42 , Michael Jones

England, and Ollie Pope, are back underway after tea as Anrich Nortje drifts into Pope’s pad allowing him to whip the ball away to the boundary for four runs.

Pope is into the 40s.

England 84-3 (17), Pope 38, Brook 0, Jansen 3-19 (7)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:40 , Michael Jones

Solid. Harry Brook strides to the crease on his test match debut and gets in behind Marco Jansen’s final delivery in the over with a confident block.

He’ll be nervous and South Africa can capitalise on that. England still trail by 34 runs.

Wicket! Root 23 (25) c. Petersen b. Jansen, England 84-3 (16.5)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:38 , Michael Jones

Yes he can! That’s a huge wicket for Marco Jansen who gets Joe Root caught in the slips. Jansen feeds the ball well wide of the off-stump and Root fancies it.

He tries to cut the ball away but only gets the toe end of the bat and swipes it straight to Keegan Petersen in the slip cordon.

England 84-2 (16), Pope 38, Root 23, Jansen 2-19 (6)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:36 , Michael Jones

It’s a change of end for Marco Jansen who opens up after tea. He’s the only South African bowler to take a wicket today after dismissing both Alex Lees and Zak Crawley.

Can he get South Africa back in this game?

Evening session: England 84-2 (16), trail by 34

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:32 , Michael Jones

The South Africans gather in a huddle as the enter the pitch as Dean Elgar gives his players some words of encouragement or instructions for the rest of the day.

Ollie Pope and Joe Root jog down the steps and follow them onto the pitch to a round of applause.

Tea: Ollie Robinson inspires England as South Africa crumble at start of third Test

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:24 , Michael Jones

Ollie Robinson boosted England’s bid for an LV= Insurance series victory as South Africa lurched to 69 for six at lunch following a moving tribute to the Queen on day three of the third Test.

A minute’s silence was followed by the national anthems of both countries, with the crowd joining in the rendition of God Save the King before bursting into spontaneous and prolonged applause as a sell-out Kia Oval poignantly commemorated the Queen, whose death was announced on Thursday evening.

The final Test has been reduced to a three-day affair following an opening-day washout and Friday being called off as a mark of respect, with the tourists ruling out the possibility of extending the decider and instead sticking to their original plan of flying back to South Africa on Tuesday.

Ollie Robinson inspires England as South Africa crumble at start of third Test

Tea: England 84-2 (16), trail by 34

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:17 , Michael Jones

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Tea: England 84-2 (16)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:14 , Michael Jones

A partnership of 41 between Ollie Pope (38*) and Joe Root (23*) has given England a firm grip on this test match as they’ve cut the deficit on South Africa’s first innings to 34.

It was a good session for England. They took the last four South African wickets cheaply to bowl the Proteas out for 118 before coming out in a positive mindset and storming up to 84.

One session left in the day and England will want to push as far ahead of South Africa as they can.

England 84-2 (16), Pope 38, Root 23, Nortje 0-5 (2)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:12 , Michael Jones

Joe Root seems content to pick up ones and leave the majority of the strike to Ollie Pope. If Pope is aware that tea is going to be taken at the end of this over it isn’t affecting him.

He goes for a booming drive and misses the ball by quite some way. The last ball is left well alone and England are safely through to tea.

England 83-2 (15), Pope 38, Root 22, Mulder 0-11 (2)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:08 , Michael Jones

Just the one run to Joe Root off Wiaan Mulder’s second over. Ollie Pope is watching the ball closely outside his off-stump and letting it go well.

He looks in good touch today as he covers his stumps and guides the ball down to fine leg for four runs!

England 78-2 (14), Pope 34, Root 21, Nortje 0-4 (1)

Saturday 10 September 2022 16:03 , Michael Jones

Anrich Nortje comes on to replace Marco Jansen. He’s been one of South Africa’s better bowlers in this series and his is quick. He can regularly get the ball over 90mph which is always tough to deal with.

Ollie Pope is well set at the crease though. He steps across and laces a drive through cover for four. The deficit is down to 40 now.

England 74-2 (13), Pope 30, Root 21, Mulder 0-6 (1)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:59 , Michael Jones

Kagiso Rabada is taken off by Dean Elgar and all-rounder Wiaan Mulder is brought on to replace him. Joe Root takes a couple of steps down the wicket and hooks Mulder into the legside for two runs.

Both Pope and Root are looking busy at the crease and both are scoring quickly. Right on cue Root whips the ball off his pads and collects his third boundary of the day.

England are going at over 5.50 runs an over, in a test match.

England 68-2 (12), Pope 30, Root 15, Jansen 2-19 (6)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:55 , Michael Jones

Batting is all about partnerships but so is bowling. Marco Jansen has started brilliantly nipping out both of England’s openers but at the other end Kagiso Rabada is leaking runs and letting up the pressure on England.

Jansen over-pitches outside the off-stump and Root drives him through the gap between point and cover for four runs before taking a single off the next ball.

England are flying here.

England 63-2 (11), Pope 30, Root 10, Rabada 0-49 (6)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:52 , Michael Jones

That’s not going to help Kagiso Rabada’s mood. He finds the thick edge of Ollie Pope’s bat but the ball flies over the slips and goes away for four!

Rabada sends down another no-ball and has to bowl the last ball of the over again. He targets Pope’s stumps but the batter is full of confidence and drives Rabada through mid-on for four more!

England 54-2 (10.3), Pope 22, Root 5, Rabada 0-40 (5.3)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:49 , Michael Jones

Root is quickly onto a pull shot as Rabada drags another delivery short and he picks up his first boundary. Rabada’s next ball is a no-ball that Root dabs through backward point for two more.

An overcorrection from Rabada sees him go too full and straight and Root helps himself to three with a flick through midwicket. He’s up to 10 from just seven balls.

England have also brought up their fifty.

England 44-2 (10), Pope 22, Root 1, Jansen 2-14 (5)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:46 , Michael Jones

Joe Root is welcomed to the crease to cries of ‘Roooot!’ from the England supporters and gets off the mark with a single to square leg.

After 10 overs England trail by 74 runs.

Wicket! Crawley 5 (34) LBW b. Jansen, England 43-2 (9.1)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:43 , Michael Jones

That is stone dead. Marco Jansen pushes the ball full and gets it to swing back into the legs of Zak Crawley who tries to drive it down the ground.

The swing and pace is too much for the opener and the ball thuds into his pads. South Africa appeal and the umpire raises the finger.

Crawley decides to review but ball-tracking comes up with three reds to send the opener back to the pavilion.

England 43-1 (9), Pope 22, Crawley 5, Rabada 0-30 (5)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:40 , Michael Jones

South Africa have four slips for Pope when he’s facing Rabada and the batter gets lucky when an outside edge flies wide of the fourth man allowing Pope to pick up two.

He’s quick onto the pull shot when Rabada digs the next ball in and swivels the ball over to the square leg boundary for four more runs.

Rabada oversteps for a no-ball before he finishes his fifth.

England 35-1 (8), Pope 16, Crawley 5, Jansen 1-13 (4)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:35 , Michael Jones

Pope continues his attacking mindset and guides Jansen down to fine leg with a flick off a his pads for four runs! He then knocks the ball down the ground and collects three bringing Crawley back on strike.

Pope is making batting look simple but Crawley is in a battle. He attempts to latch onto a wide one from the left-arm seamer but misses out as the ball sneaks past his inside edge.

England 28-1 (7), Pope 9, Crawley 5, Rabada 0-22 (4)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:32 , Michael Jones

Rabada did for Crawley with the ball that nipped back but two of his last three deliveries swing away from the right-hander. This batting lark is tricky.

Crawley survives the over.

England 28-1 (6.3), Pope 9, Crawley 5, Rabada 0-22 (3.3)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:31 , Michael Jones

Review! This is a close one as Rabada jags the ball back into Crawley off the pitch and he leaves it alone. The ball thuds into his pads but the batter is stood on off-stump.

The umpire turns down South Africa’s appeal so Dean Elgar sends it upstairs with a review.

Ball-tracking shows that Crawley had shuffled across his stumps and the ball didn’t move enough. It was going on to miss the wickets and missing outside the off-stump.

England 28-1 (6), Pope 9, Crawley 5, Jansen 1-6 (3)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:27 , Michael Jones

Jansen is getting the ball to nip and swing from his left-arm over the wicket angle. Crawley is leaving the ball on length when it’s near his off-stump and one delivery cuts back and flies over the top much to the excitement of the South Africans.

The England opener takes a single of the last ball of the over with a push into the leg side.

England 26-1 (5), Pope 9, Crawley 4, Rabada 0-22 (3)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:22 , Michael Jones

Ollie Pope loves batting at The Oval, he averages 88 in first class cricket at this ground.

Kagiso Rabada drags a couple of deliveries short and Pope pulls him confidently away for consecutive boundaries to end the over.

England trail by just 92 runs now.

England 18-1 (4), Pope 1, Crawley 4, Jansen 1-4 (2)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:18 , Michael Jones

England’s number three is Ollie Pope who pushes the ball into the offside to get off the mark immediately. Crawley watches the ball closely and gets through the rest of the over.

It’s been a good, disciplined start from Marco Jansen.

Wicket! Lees 13 (6) b. Jansen, England 17-1 (3.1)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:15 , Michael Jones

Bowled him! Marco Jansen sends down what seems to be a simple straight ball on a good length. The ball nips through Alex Lees’ gate and clips the top of middle stump.

England lose their first wicket!

England 17-0 (3), Lees 13, Crawley 4, Rabada 0-14 (2)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:13 , Michael Jones

Alex Lees is getting England off to a flyer here. He latches onto a wide one from Kagiso Rabada and punches him through the offside for four runs!

Then he flicks a full delivery off his pads into the leg side for three more to move up to 13 from five balls.

England 10-0 (2), Lees 6, Crawley 4, Jansen 0-3 (1)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:10 , Michael Jones

Alex Lees collects three runs from Marco Jansen’s first over. He guides the first ball through square leg for two before pushing one into the offside for a single.

Jansen - who is a left-arm seamer - then looks to push the ball across Zak Crawley who leaves the ball on length to see out the over.

England 7-0 (1), Lees 3, Crawley 4, Rabada 0-7 (1)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:08 , Michael Jones

Rabada angles his first ball into the pads of Lees and he flicks him away through midwicket for three runs to get off the mark. Zak Crawley - who is underpressure to get a big score - gets his first runs with a glorious drive for four!

The final ball of the over sees Crawley slip one to Keegan Petersen at point and South Africa appeal for the catch. The umpires send it upstairs and a replay shows that Crawley hit the ball into the pitch before it bounced out to Petersen.

Good start for England.

England 0-0 (0), Lees 0 Crawley 0, Rabada 0-0 (0)

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:05 , Michael Jones

The players head back out onto the ground with Alex Lees and Zak Crawley opening up for England. Kagiso Rabada will take the first over for South Africa.

The visitors need to make a good start with the ball to have any hopes of staying in this game.

England bowling figures

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:03 , Michael Jones

James Anderson 8-2-16-1

Ollie Robinson 14-3-49-5

Stuart Broad 12.2-1-41-4

Jack Leach 2-1-10-0

South Africa’s batting figures

Saturday 10 September 2022 15:01 , Michael Jones

Dean Elgar b. Robinson 1(7)

Sarel Erwee c. Foakes, b. Anderson 0(4)

Keegan Petersen b. Robinson 12(14)

Ryan Rickelton c. Foakes b. Broad 11(20)

Khaya Zondo c. Lees b. Broad 23(57)

Kyle Verreynne c. Foakes b. Robinson 0(2)

Wiaan Mulder c. Foakes b. Robinson 3(13)

Marco Jansen c. Root b. Robinson 30(59)

Keshav Maharaj b. Broad 18(32)

Kagiso Rabada not out 7*(6)

Anrich Nortje c. Stokes b. Broad 7(8)

End of innings: South Africa 118 ao

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:55 , Michael Jones

What a brilliant performance from England’s bowling attack who have dismissed South Africa for just 118 inside 40 overs.

With this test match just three days long England had to bowl the Proteas out cheaply to have any hope of pushing for a win and they’ve done just that.

Next up is to put a huge total of their own on the board but South Africa’s bowlers are equally capable of utilising these conditions.

Wicket! Nortje 7 (8) c. Stokes b. Broad, South Africa 118 all out (36.2)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:52 , Michael Jones

Stuart Broad wraps up the innings with a floaty half-volley that Anrich Nortje chips to Ben Stokes at mid-off. He goes for seven, Broad has his fourth wicket and South Africa are all out for 118.

South Africa 118-9 (36.1), Nortje 7, Rabada 7, Broad 3-41 (12.1)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:50 , Michael Jones

Nortje flashes at a slightly wider ball from Stuart Broad and gets a thick edge that fizzes past Harry Brook at third slip before running away for four runs!

Broad doesn’t look overly thrilled with that.

South Africa 114-9 (36), Nortje 3, Rabada 7, Robinson 5-49 (14)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:48 , Michael Jones

Anrich Nortje comes out as South Africa’s number 11. England need just one more wicket to complete a fantastic bowling display in this first innings.

Nortje hangs back in his crease and pushes the ball wide of Jimmy Anderson - who half stops it - to pick up three runs and get off the mark.

Wicket! Maharaj 18 (32) b. Broad, South Africa 110-9 (34.5)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:44 , Michael Jones

Gone! Keshav Maharaj looks to pull a shortish delivery away to the legside but gets an under edge on the ball and drags it onto his own stumps.

Broad collects his third wicket and it’s a deserved reward for his spell after lunch.

South Africa 110-8 (34.4), Maharaj 18, Rabada 6, Broad 2-37 (11.4)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:42 , Michael Jones

That’s nice from Kagiso Rabada who leans over to the offside before whipping the ball off his pads to collect four runs. Smartly he then gets off strike and leaves Keshav Maharaj two deliveries to see out from Broad’s over.

South Africa 105-8 (34), Maharaj 18, Rabada 1, Robinson 5-45 (13)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:37 , Michael Jones

Keshav Maharaj has decided that now is the time to play some shots. He flat bats Robinson make over his head and picks up two before hooking another delivery out to Jack Leach on the midwicket boundary for another couple.

This could get exciting and England need to make sure the runs don’t get away from them if the two batters start to unleash.

South Africa 100-8 (33.3), Maharaj 14, Rabada 1, Robinson 5-41 (12.3)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:34 , Michael Jones

100! Kagiso Rabada brings up South Africa’s hundred with a push into square-leg off his first ball at the middle. How many more can the Proteas get?

Wicket! Jansen 30 (59) c. Root b. Robinson, South Africa 99-8 (33.2)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:32 , Michael Jones

It’s a five-for for Ollie Robinson! A full and swinging delivery outside Marco Jansen’s eyeline draws him into a booming drive but the ball wobbles just enough to take the edge and fly into the safe hands of Joe Root at first slip.

What a performance from Robinson.

South Africa 99-7 (33), Maharaj 14, Jansen 30, Broad 2-32 (11)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:29 , Michael Jones

Broad sends down a maiden. His last delivery misses the outside edge of Maharaj’s bat and just trickles over the top of off-stump. That’s as close as you can get without taking a wicket.

South Africa 99-7 (32), Maharaj 14, Jansen 30, Robinson 4-39 (12)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:25 , Michael Jones

Close! Robinson finishes the over off by going back to his bread and butter - a tight line just oustside off-stump. Jansen attempts the drive and plays inside the ball which narrowly avoids the outside edge.

South Africa 99-7 (31.3), Maharaj 14, Jansen 30, Robinson 4-39 (11.3)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:23 , Michael Jones

Jansen takes a single off Robinson which brings Maharaj back on strike. The seamer then bangs in a tame short ball that allows Maharaj to rock back and hook the ball away for four runs!

Great shot from the number nine.

He does it again with the next delivery but only collects one as Jack Leach has been sent out to the fence as cover.

South Africa 93-7 (31), Maharaj 9, Jansen 29, Broad 2-32 (10)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:19 , Michael Jones

Glorious from Maharaj! Broad errs with his line allowing Maharaj to wrap his wrists over a cut short and spank the ball away for four runs!

Broad responds with one that nips back and clips Maharaj’s back pad before fizzing through to the wicketkeeper.

South Africa 89-7 (30), Maharaj 5, Jansen 29, Robinson 4-33 (11)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:15 , Michael Jones

Four runs! That’s a lovely looking shot from Marco Jansen who strides down the pitch and drives Ollie Robinson down the ground for another boundary.

After over-steppping for a no-ball Robinson digs a couple of short ones in to Jansen who deals with them easily.

South Africa 84-7 (29.3), Maharaj 5, Jansen 25, Robinson 4-28 (10.3)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:12 , Michael Jones

Two dropped catches from England in the previous over as Ollie Robinson continues and they were both off Marco Jansen who is South Africa’s last recognised batter.

Maharaj picks up another run with an edge into square leg to bring the big all-rounder back on strike.

South Africa 83-7 (28.5), Maharaj 4, Jansen 25, Broad 2-24 (8.5)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:10 , Michael Jones

Stuart Broad is fuming. Marco Jansen goes after another big drive through the covers and nicks the ball to fourth slip. It’s Ollie Pope who leaps low to his left and spills the ball.

To make matters worse it flies away to the boundary for four runs.

South Africa 79-7 (28.2), Maharaj 4, Jansen 21, Broad 2-24 (8.2)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:08 , Michael Jones

Dropped! Stuart Broad draws Marco Jansen into a big drive and finds the slightest edge through to Ben Foakes. Foakes seems to have it covered as he drops to his right but the ball moves away at the last moment missing Foakes’ gloves and dropping to the turf.

It’s a reprieve for Jansen!

South Africa 79-7 (28), Maharaj 4, Jansen 21, Robinson 4-27 (10)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:05 , Michael Jones

Oh my! Keshav Maharaj judges a delivery from Ollie Robinson perfectly as he leaves the ball just when it nips back before sailing an inch or so over the top of middle stump.

Maharaj clips a straight ball to fine leg and picks up two more runs which takes him to 1000 runs in test match cricket for South Africa.

South Africa 77-7 (27), Maharaj 2, Jansen 21, Broad 2-24 (8)

Saturday 10 September 2022 14:00 , Michael Jones

Maharaj is going to sit back in his crease and wait for the short ball. Ben Stokes has sent James Anderson to the boundary’s edge just backward of deep square leg.

It seems to be a double bluff from England as Broad continues to pitch the ball up and target the stumps. A couple of deliveries hit Maharaj on the pads but they’re going down the leg-side and England don’t bother appealling.

A thick inside edge from Maharaj squirts the ball into midwicket and he takes the single on offer.

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