England vs South Africa 2017, third Test match, Day 3

Hope Soto
July 30, 2017

Former captain Alastair Cook was six not out and fellow left-hander Keaton Jennings unbeaten on 10.

If Philander were to play no further part in the third Test, it would be a huge blow for South Africa as he has been their best bowler by far in the Test series.

All eyes were on Jennings at the start of England's second dig, the opener in need of a substantial contribution after a first-innings duck continued his run of low scores.

But third slip Dean Elgar could not hold the sharp chance and the ball went for four.

Middlesex seamer Roland-Jones finished with figures of five for 57 in 16.4 overs to become just the sixth England cricketer to take five or more wickets in their debut bowling innings in Test match cricket.

Vernon Philander has been passed fit to bat for South Africa as they try to avoid a follow-on in the third Test against England at The Oval today.

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South Africa resumed on 126-8, some 227 runs in arrears, and avoided the follow-on thanks to a 47-run stand between Morne Morkel (17) and Temba Bavuma (52), who reached his eighth Test fifty off 111 balls.

Anderson, England's all-time leading wicket-taker, then had South Africa captain Faf du Plessis lbw for one playing no shot.

And all by Roland-Jones: two with catches behind the wicket, another in the gully and a leg-before.

But Bavuma was out soon afterwards, edging a good length Roland-Jones ball to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.

Westley, a longstanding team-mate of Cook at county side Essex, twice drove Philander for four and cover-drove Morkel for another boundary. Cook reviewed immediately, but the decision was upheld on umpire's call.

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