Cricket rating and updates from second Check as we speak as England strike early

Jimmy Anderson struck early on day three at Previous Trafford (ECB through Getty Pictures)

England put themselves in agency management of the second Check in opposition to South Africa after centuries by England skipper Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes left them with a commanding first-innings lead on the shut of the second day of the second Check.

Stokes declared at 415-9, with South Africa trailing by 241 runs on the shut after surviving a difficult nine-over spell earlier than stumps. The vacationers, who lead the three-match sequence 1-0, reached 23 with out loss of their second innings with Sarel Erwee on 12 and Dean Elgar on 11 however they now face an actual battle in opposition to England’s assault as we speak.

Foakes’ first ton had come on his debut in opposition to Sri Lanka in Galle in November 2018 and he was delighted to seize his second in opposition to a South Africa assault that had ripped England aside within the first take a look at at Lords. “It was a little bit of reduction. I used to be overjoyed getting a Check hundred. I’ve had a little bit of a wait and I realised how onerous they’re to return by, so I believe I celebrated this one a bit extra,” he mentioned.

Who will win the second Check in Manchester? Comply with all the newest rating updates and stay commentary from Previous Trafford beneath.

England vs South Africa – Day three

  • OUT! Sarel Erwee ct Foakes b Robinson 25 (59); South Africa 39-2 (18)

  • OUT! Dean Elgar b Anderson 11 (38); South Africa 33-1 (12.5)

  • England took management on day two lastly declaring on 415-9, 264 runs forward

  • South Africa reached 23 with out loss of their second innings at stumps on day two

South Africa 43-2 (20); A Markram 0, Ok Petersen 6

11:52 , Luke Baker

Robinson plugging away effectively right here. He was unfortunate to not get a wicket within the first innings and has bowled superbly once more right here – getting his reward with the Erwee dismissal at the very least.

He bowls an attacking, full size outdoors off and Markram jabs and pokes. A courageous go away on size from Markram because the ball zips again and flies excessive of center and leg stump… One other maiden however Markram survives.

NOT OUT! South Africa 43-2 (19); A Markram 0, Ok Petersen 6

11:48 , Luke Baker

Aiden Markram the subsequent man in and he’s off form however South Africa desperately want him to go massive. They’re in all types of bother right here…

Petersen is the person on strike although and he backs up earlier than pinging one down the bottom for 2. Odd shot however efficient sufficient.

A extra typical two dabbed to 3rd man however then an enormous attraction from England and it’s a WICKET! Performs at one outdoors off by Anderson, Foakes takes the catch behind. Petersen REVIEWS although and ultra-edge reveals no contact, so it’s NOT OUT! A let-off for South Africa however one other beaut of a ball.

OUT! Sarel Erwee ct Foakes b Robinson 25 (59); South Africa 39-2 (18)

11:42 , Luke Baker

This has been good, tight bowling from England. Robinson with one other over that’s on the cash, limiting South Africa’s alternatives to attain.

And he’s rewarded off the ultimate ball with a WICKET! A little bit little bit of motion outdoors off stump, Erwee prods at it and feathers by means of to Ben Foakes. Excellent bowling!

South Africa 39-1 (17); S Erwee 25, Ok Petersen 2

11:36 , Luke Baker

Anderson has been on the cash this morning – merely world-class Check bowling. Petersen is extremely watchful throughout this probing over from the veteran and defends solidly sufficient.

WATCH: Anderson setting Elgar up

11:32 , Luke Baker

A pleasant video put out on Twitter by England Cricket exhibiting simply how Jimmy Anderson set Dean Elgar up this morning after which ruthlessly cleaned out his off stump…

South Africa 39-1 (16); S Erwee 25, Ok Petersen 2

11:31 , Luke Baker

Robinson continues and that’s EDGED! A gem, shaping away from Erwee takes a real edge and fall millimetres in need of second slip. Really, on re-examination, Zak Crawley will get fingers to it lunging ahead – unbelievable effort simply to get that shut because it got here so quick. Could be ridiculously harsh to name it a drop.

Erwee steers yet another intentionally by means of the slip cordon however Lees and Bairstow mix on the boundary to restrict SA to simply three. A run effectively saved. Single for Petersen off the ultimate ball

South Africa 35-1 (15); S Erwee 22, Ok Petersen 1

11:26 , Luke Baker

Anderson clearly fancies this right here. A gem pushes Erwee again on to his stumps and if you happen to’re being charitable, you’d say he intentionally performed inside the road of that one.

Excellent line and size from Jimmy, England effectively on prime. Simply a few singles off that over

WATCH: Anderson removes Elgar with a ripper

11:24 , Luke Baker

Right here’s how Jimmy Anderson bought the primary wicket of the morning. A jaffa to do away with Dean Elgar

South Africa 33-1 (14); S Erwee 21, Ok Petersen 0

11:23 , Luke Baker

Ollie Robinson on to interchange Joe Root. He seems fired up and bowls a really good maiden. It was virtually higher because the fifth supply of the over rose into Erwee’s pads after which rolled in direction of the off stump however the opener was alert sufficient to knock it away.

South Africa 33-1 (13); S Erwee 20, Ok Petersen 0

11:19 , Luke Baker

That was a gem of a ball from Anderson and he will get Elgar out for a sixth time in his Check profession. Keegan Petersen the subsequent man in and he sees off the ultimate ball of the over

OUT! Dean Elgar b Anderson 11 (38); South Africa 33-1 (12.5)

11:17 , Luke Baker

If South African wickets fall, will probably be fascinating to see if Rassie van der Dussen can bat. He picked up a finger harm earlier within the Check- and is noticed on the pavilion balcony with a finger splint.

Anderson will get one to nip again and Erwee shapes it off the pads effectively for a single. He then beats Elgar all finally ends up with one which goes by means of to Foakes earlier than a WICKET! A gem from Jimmy! He sends off-stump cartwheeling with a magnificence that pitches simply outdoors and beats the South Africa captain’s defence. England are rolling!

South Africa 32-0 (12); S Erwee 20*, D Elgar 11*

11:10 , Luke Baker

It’s really Root to proceed and he will get lots of flip off the primary supply as he lands the ball in an enormous patch of tough outdoors off stump (for the left-handers).

Elgar pressured into defensive mode, particularly when the penultimate supply rears up at him and he evades. Tidy maiden for the ex-England skipper with a few balls simply to get the Proteas pondering.

South Africa 32-0 (11); S Erwee 20*, D Elgar 11*

11:08 , Luke Baker

Extra typical from the opposite finish as Jimmy Anderson opens up from the James Anderson finish. Becoming… That Root over might have been to modify Jack Leach’s ends – we’ll see.

Erwee shoulders arms a pair earlier than a pleasant cowl drive runs away for 3, with Leach giving chase and simply stopping the boundary with a dive. A single off the pads is then Dean Elgar’s first run of the morning.

South Africa 28-0 (10); S Erwee 17*, D Elgar 11*

11:03 , Luke Baker

Erm… It’s Joe Root to open the bowling… Turning the ball away from the lefties – honest sufficient I suppose. First ball of the day, Erwee misses the ball and an enormous APPEAL! Pitching outdoors leg although and the umpire is unmoved.

Erwee extra watchful on the subsequent couple earlier than crunching an over-pitched supply by means of the covers for FOUR!

England vs South Africa – day three

10:56 , Luke Baker

We’re about 5 minutes away from the beginning of play. England’s bowlers will wish to make early inroads into South Africa’s batting line-up.

Can the Proteas keep alive on this Check match?

Saturday climate forecast

10:53 , Luke Baker

Nice information at Previous Trafford in that the climate is about honest as we speak. There must be no rain breaks and England can actually make hay whereas the solar shines.

May they even end the sport as we speak?



WATCH: Day two highlights

10:47 , Luke Baker

Missed any of the motion on day two? Catch up by watching highlights right here.

Stokes closing in on his boss

10:42 , Luke Baker

A captain’s innings balancing goal and poise from Ben Stokes lifted England firmly into the ascendancy on day two.

Three sixes through the innings took him on to 103 for his Check profession – shifting him above Adam Gilchrist and as much as second within the all-time listing.

Solely present England Check head coach Brendon McCullum, with 107, is now forward of Stokes, who might fancy his possibilities of overhauling the Kiwi earlier than this summer season is out.

  1. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) – 107

  2. Ben Stokes (England) – 103

  3. Adam Gilchrist (Australia) – 100

  4. Chris Gayle (West Indies) – 98

  5. Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 97

Ben Foakes makes second century to match Jos Buttler

10:37 , Luke Baker

Foakes got here into this Check with a median of 20.9 in 13 innings since his recall earlier this yr. Possibly as a result of he has been a dependable presence behind the stumps or there’s higher scrutiny on these up the order, however Foakes’ drought with the bat has flown below the radar.

On day two, he was a helpful foil in a 173-run union with Stokes earlier than marshalling the tail en path to his first Check hundred at residence.

It was his second general as he matched his predecessor within the wicketkeeping job: Jos Buttler, who was thought to have a higher ceiling as a batter.

It was a part of the explanation why Foakes was stored on ice. However whereas they’re now stage on Check centuries, Buttler performed 57 matches and Foakes is into his sixteenth.

Ben Foakes made a second Test century (PA Wire)

Ben Foakes made a second Check century (PA Wire)

Ben Foakes savours England Check ton with licence to play personal means by Ben Stokes

10:31 , Luke Baker

Ben Foakes savoured his second Check hundred after being given licence to play his personal means by England cricket workforce captain and fellow centurion Ben Stokes.

Since Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum took cost initially of the summer season, there was a transparent emphasis on taking part in thrill-a-minute cricket, significantly with the bat.

However Foakes carved out a distinct path on day two of the second Check in opposition to South Africa, making 113 not out from 217 deliveries as he occupied the crease for 5 hours at Emirates Previous Trafford.

Foakes admitted he was not the sort of participant who might depend on producing fireworks however revealed Stokes was completely satisfied to see him put on the vacationers down.

“Ben was fairly clear. He mentioned ‘we are able to take in as effectively, this can be a tough section’,” Foakes revealed, after the pair got here collectively at 147-5.

“He mentioned ‘let’s make it up and rating the place we are able to, let’s be busy, however don’t do something silly’. That’s what we went with. Attacking cricket is clearly what individuals anticipate, however as soon as the ball bought outdated, it was really fairly tough to attain.”

Ben Foakes savours England Check ton with licence to play personal means by Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes steer England to dominant place in second South Africa Check

10:25 , Luke Baker

Ben Stokes’ maiden century as England captain and a primary in 4 years for Ben Foakes left the hosts in full management after two days of the second LV= Insurance coverage Check in opposition to South Africa.

Stokes marked the discharge date of the brand new documentary about his turbulent profession with a well timed piece of ambush advertising, hitting 103 as he and Foakes powered their facet right into a commanding first-innings lead of 264 at Emirates Previous Trafford.

The wicketkeeper’s solely different hundred got here on debut in Sri Lanka in 2018 and he carved out a significant 113 not out to share the heavy lifting along with his skipper, permitting a declaration at 415 for 9.

With 9 overs to face earlier than the shut, Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee reached 23 with out loss, the beginning of a protracted battle to remain in competition.

Listed below are the speaking factors from day two:

Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes lead England to sturdy place in second South Africa Check

Day two report: England take management

10:19 , Lawrence Ostlere

Centuries from England skipper Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes gave the hosts a commanding first innings lead of 264 after they declared at 415 for 9 in opposition to South Africa on the second day of the second take a look at on Friday.

South Africa, who lead the three take a look at sequence 1-0, will now face a difficult 9 overs in opposition to Jimmy Anderson and the England assault earlier than the shut of play at Previous Trafford.

Stokes and Foakes placed on a 173 run partnership for the sixth wicket after South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje struck twice to take away England’s in a single day batsmen throughout an excellent opening spell within the morning session.

Jonny Bairstow fell one run in need of his half century, with Nortje including reverse swing to his prime tempo and the Yorkshireman edging to Sarel Erwee at first slip.

One other positive supply ended the strong contribution of 38 from under-scrutiny England opening batsman Zak Crawley, with Nortje’s good line inducing an edge to keeper Kyle Verreynne.

That meant England had been on 147-5, nonetheless 4 runs behind South Africa’s first innings complete. However Stokes and Foakes then batted positively earlier than lunch to start constructing the lead.

Stokes confirmed his intent by hitting spinner Simon Harmer over mid-wicket for six, whereas Keshav Maharaj had an lbw determination in opposition to Foakes go in his favour just for it to be overturned on evaluate.

After lunch Stokes introduced up his half-century by hitting Simon Harmer over mid-on onto the England dressing room balcony however he stored his aggression in test for many of his innings.

Stokes accelerated to his twelfth take a look at ton, reaching the landmark in 158 balls, earlier than he discovered the vanguard off Kagiso Rabada and was caught by Dean Elgar at cowl.

There have been cameos from Stuart Broad (21), Ollie Robinson (17) and Jack Leach (11) however Foakes ended unbeaten on 113 after his second profession take a look at century and his first on residence soil.

Ben Stokes hit his first century as England captain (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Wire)

Ben Stokes hit his first century as England captain (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Wire)

England vs South Africa: Second Check, day three

09:45 , Luke Baker

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