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Stokes tons up as Proteas process Rabada suspension

England climbed to 335-4 at lunch on day two of the third Test against the Proteas at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. Rain ensured a late start to Friday’s proceedings, as the tourists resumed on 224-4 overnight.

All-rounder Ben Stokes aggressive shot selection continued and eventually ensured a fine century. It marked the ninth of Stokes Test career and third against South Africa. He also welcomed 4,000 runs in the longest format of the international game.

Sidekick Ollie Pope, meanwhile, won an lbw review to remain on course for a maiden Test ton. Seamer Dane Paterson’s appeal was initially obliged by umpire Bruce Oxenford.

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Stokes tons up as Proteas process Rabada suspension

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A prompt referral from Pope, after consultation with Stokes, saw the decision overturned. Stokes and Pope’s unbroken 187-run alliance will resume for Friday’s second session.

Kagiso Rabada and Joe Root

Earlier, South Africa was jolted by fast bowler Kagiso Rabada’s suspension. He is still bowling in this match but has been banned from the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg later this month.

Rabada’s suspension came after Thursday’s overzealous celebration of England captain Joe Root’s dismissal. The Proteas have won 13 and lost 12 Tests at St George’s Park. They’ve also shared five draws.

The last Test at the Port Elizabeth venue was in February 2019, when Sri Lanka beat South Africa inside three days. This four-Test series is locked 1-1. The Proteas won the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion inside four days.

England triumphed late on the fifth day in the second Test at Newlands in Cape Town. The Wanderers in Johannesburg will host the fourth and final Test later this month.

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Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope looks to build on solid England start:

England will look to capitalize on good work from Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope when play resumes on day two of the third Test against South Africa.

Stokes and Pope combined in an unbroken stand of 76 in the evening session, guiding the tourists away from a potentially tricky position to a promising stumps score of 224 for four on day one.

Stokes’ ability to take command of a match, with bat or ball, needs no re-stating and Ollie Pope looked in wonderful touch as he cashed in against a tiring attack. Together they will look to push England towards 400, leaving their bowlers the safety net they might need on a sluggish pitch in Port Elizabeth.

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South Africa, meanwhile, may once again lean on the twin pillars of Keshav Maharaj’s spin and Kagiso Rabada’s pace as they look to find a foothold in the game.

Stokes and Ollie before Stumps:

Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope’s unbeaten 76-run partnership helps England finish day one of the third  Test on 224/4.

What they said;

“If we can get into the late 300s that’s a very good score on this pitch. It’s only going to get worse from here.”

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England opener Zak Crawley;

“It was hard work but we stuck to our game plan of keeping the scoring at under 2.5 for a long period. We achieved what we wanted.”

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Proteas plans, hard work paid off in the 3rd test

The dismissals of Dom Sibley and Joe Root, among others, were just rewarded for the South African bowlers sticking to their plans on a day when they were made to toil.

The St George’s Park pitch proved to be a batsman’s paradise on Thursday but it took a 76 run partnership between the in-form Ben Stokes and impressive Ollie Pope to help put England slightly ahead.

While many commented on the lack of assistance provided to the bowlers, the Proteas went about their business with strict discipline and were aided by the excellent work of Keshav Maharaj.

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Proteas plans, hard work paid off in the 3rd test

Bowler’s Strike back:

England’s start they were 61-0 at lunch left South African trailing early but then the plan came together Kagiso Rabada got Zak Crawley caught by Dean Elgar down the leg side and fellow opener Dom Sibley went after flicking an Anrich Nortje delivery to leg gully which Rassie van der Dussen juggled at first before holding on. Both wickets were the culmination of the pre-game plan.

‘We spoke long and hard about Sibley after Cape Town because he did play those leg-side shots in the air a lot, so it was a conscious plan we had for him,’ said Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt.

‘In Cape Town, he worked us out; he walked into the bowler’s line and made life difficult for us, but today worked for us.’

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Langeveldt also revealed how they plan to get rid of Root was by bowling straight.

‘I suggested he go full to Joe Root and try to get him lbw or bowled and he did so, fair play to him, he celebrated,’ Langeveldt said.

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Stokes’ wicket is top priority for SA on the second day:

Claiming Ben Stokes’ wicket will be top of the list of priorities for South Africa as they look to make an impact on day two of the third Test against England at St George’s Park on Friday.

It was a slow day of Test cricket for most of the opening day as England battled their way to 224 for the loss of four wickets.

That effort‚ at a run-rate of 2.5 per over‚ came on a surface where runs proved a scarce commodity.

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The predicted Easterly breeze‚ the one that locals will tell you brings the wickets‚ failed to pitch on Thursday and that made it hard for both batsman and bowlers to garner success.

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Stokes scores on first day:

Ollie Pope (39) and Stokes (38) survived the new ball to end as the not out batsmen overnight.

Faf du Plessis’ South Africans will know that nipping out Stokes as early as possible will be of key importance lest they run the risk of him taking head coach Mark Boucher’s “wounded buffalo” by the horns.

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That lack of wicket-taking opportunities during the opening session required some innovation and Plessis came up with a plan.

The first two wickets fell to an unconventional field placing. Short backward square-leg‚ or leg gully if you will‚ is not a position every captain looks to employ.

But Du Plessis identified an opportunity and his quicks Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje targeted back-of-length in the direction of the thigh pad and it worked on both occasions.

After lunch Stats:

First‚ and just after lunch‚, Dom Sibley turned a delivery from Rabada to Dean Elgar‚ who snaffled a good catch. Sibley made 36 and contributed to a 70-run stand for the first wicket with Zak Crawley.

Next man down Crawley was a near carbon copy dismissal to Sibley’s but this time it was off Nortje with Rassie van der Dussen‚ in almost the same position‚ taking a blinding catch diving low to his right.

Crawley was skillful for his 44 that came off 137 deliveries and included nine fours.

England took the tea break on 117 for two off 58 overs with Joe Denly and Joe Root looking to continue the patience game.

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However, it was the case of them both getting in and then getting out.

South Africa Bowling:

Denly’s (25)‚ was a strange dismissal in that only wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock appealed for leg-before decision off Keshav Maharaj.

The appeal was turned down but De Kock convinced his skipper to review. Television revealed the ball had kissed the pad before hitting the middle of Denly’s bat and the decision was overturned.

He ended the day with figures of one for 55 in 32 overs and is likely to bowl considerably more on Friday.

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Ben Stokes’ World Cup and Ashes heroics bring cricketer of the year award:

Joe Root has praised the mental fortitude of Ben Stokes after the all-rounder was named the International Cricket Council’s player of the year for 2019.

Stokes became only the second England player to win the award – the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy – outright after Jonathan Trott in 2011. Andrew Flintoff shared it with South Africa’s Jacques Kallis in 2005.

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Root about Ben Stokes:

 “I think it’s hard to say any more superlatives,” Root said. “The way he’s performed all year, in all formats, it’s just been fantastic to be part of the same team. In my opinion, he’s the leading player in the world at the moment.”

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The England captain pointed to the improvement in Stokes’s attitude since his involvement in the Bristol street brawl of September 2017, an incident that led him to miss the 2017-18 Ashes tour of Australia and forced him to successfully defend a charge of affray in court the following summer.

“I think more than anything it’s his mental approach to the game,” Root said. “I think after he had a time out of the team he’s grown and grown as a senior player, as a mentor to the young guys.

“That’s testament to his character and how much he cares about playing for England and how much he cares about the group. And his desire to want to get better all the time.”

Faf du Plessis about Stokes:

Faf du Plessis was also full of praise for Stokes, who inspired England’s series-leveling victory in Cape Town last week.

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“His being named the player of the year was very well deserved,” the South Africa captain said. “He played the big moments well and I think that’s when you want to judge cricketers when it matters.

“That’s why he’s won so many games for England. Even in this series, he has played such a big role. For us, he is a guy we need to try to keep quiet because he’s the sort of player who takes games away from you.”

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Should Sam Curran take the new ball?

Injury and illness have continued to plague England to lead up to the third Test. In the fast bowling department, James Anderson has flown back home and Jofra Archer has failed to fully recover.

The key question now is whether Sam Curran can share the new ball with Stuart Broad in Port Elizabeth?

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On the latest Wisden Cricket Weekly podcast, Wisden Cricket Monthly editor-in-chief Phil Walker, WCM magazine editor Jo Harman and host Ben Gardner discussed the subject and pondered over James Anderson’s future. Here are the excerpts.

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Jo Harman: 

I am. I think he’s bowled really well on this tour. In theory, he should be most effective when the ball is at its newest and going to swing. I’d go with Broad and Curran with Wood as first change, I think.

Phil Walker on Sam Curran: 

I’m comfortable with that too. I think Jo’s rationale as ever is bang on. He’s a conventional swing bowler. I think PE, historically, has shown that the ball does a bit.

The muggy conditions will certainly help his style. And it’s good to see with Curran that there’s no real debate around his credentials. He’s not damned with faint praise anymore.

There are no more backhanded compliments with Sam Curran. He’s just a class cricketer. He does it time after time and he’s now become a mainstay of this bowling attack and all the more so with Anderson going home.

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Jo Harman: 

There’s a similarity here with Steyn who for a long time went almost completely injury-free. Anderson had his early career injuries, but for a long time, he was almost injury-free.

Same with Steyn, when he had his first quite serious injury, whenever he came back, there was always something else he picked up. And I’ve heard Anderson speak about this in the past that it’s when you’re not bowling that you’re most likely to pick up injuries.

When you come back and that seems to be the case with Anderson; every time he comes back, something else comes along. There’s another different niggle.

Phil Walker: 

I like the way that he’s positioning himself and his particular story. He is saying ‘I want to redefine what a fast bowler in Test cricket is capable of doing physically’ and he’s making long-term goals as realistic as possible and bringing them into the conversation.

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He wants to be bowling in the Ashes in two years’ time. So it’s not ‘I just want to get through to next Thursday and play another Test or get through that series. I want to play in two years’ time.’ It’s laudable, it’s admirable, it’s also mildly terrifying for mortals to be observing all of this.

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SA vs ENG 3rd Test Dream11 Team Prediction:

Possible dream 11 will be announced soon. With the series delicately poised at one-all, England and South Africa take the center-stage as they face each other in the third Test, starting this Thursday.

While the hosts began their cricketing season with a thumping win at the Centurion, England came back with a stunning performance of their won in the second Test.

Both teams have gotten a fair idea of their one another, which adds more spice to this Test match. Although they have momentum on their side, England will be consider slight favorites with Rory Burns and James Anderson’s injuries hurting them.

With an unassailable lead up for the taking, South Africa will hope for their stars to turn up and deal the killer blow at St. George’s Park. Here are a few tips to help you pick your Dream11 team for SA vs ENG.

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Squads to choose:

South Africa:

Faf du Plessis (C), Dean Elgar, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Dane Paterson, Kagiso Rabada, Keegan Petersen are included in dream 11.

England:

Joe Root (C), Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Matthew Parkinson, Craig Overton, Dom Bess, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Mark Wood and Jack Leach are included in dream 11.

Playing XI Updates 

South Africa:

No changes are expect from the South African camp in spite of a disappointing loss in their previous game. Their openers, Elgar and Malan showed a lot of grit and determination in Cape Town which bodes well for them although the form of Zubayr Hamza and Faf du Plessis is a cause for concern.

However, Quinton de Kock has starred with the bat with two fifties in the series and has been ably complement by Rassie van der Dussen as well. Their bowling attack has a lot of experience with Vernon Philander sharing the new ball with Kagiso Rabada. Anrich Nortje has been very impressive in this series and will be one to watch out for in this Test.

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Possible XI: Malan, Elgar, Hamza, du Plessis(C), van der Dussen, de Kock (WK), Pretorius, Philander, Rabada, Maharaj and Nortje.

England:

England has had a torrid time in this tour with several players being diagnose with illness. Although Joe Root is said to be dealing with an illness concern, he should be fit enough for this game. While the batting unit should remain unchanged, Jofra Archer is set to come into the side after missing the previous game.

With James Anderson’s injury vacating a spot, Jofra Archer should return to use the new ball alongside Stuart Broad. Sam Curran and Ben Stokes have done well with the ball with Dom Bess holding up one end nicely.

Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler are also in decent knick while Dominic Sibley’s maiden hundred should give him a lot of confidence heading into this game. With a well-rounded team in their midst, England will surely fancy their chances of a series-defining win.

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Possible XI: Sibley, Crawley, Denly, Root(C), Stokes, Buttler (WK), Pope, Curran, Broad, Archer and Bess.

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Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe confident Bavuma will captain SA in the future

Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe has called for patience when it comes to the transformation of the national cricket team‚ adding that Temba Bavuma will lead South Africa in the future.

Speaking to media ahead of the third Test against England starting here at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Thursday‚ Nkwe said interim director of cricket Graeme Smith and head coach Mark Boucher were very aware of the need to transform cricket and that planning was afoot backstage.

There has been much-heated debate among followers of the game following the omission of Temba Bavuma for the Test series against England.

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Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe confident Bavuma will captain SA in the future

Enoch Nkwe on Bavuma:

Nkwe says he understands the frustration‚ adding that transformation is on the agenda of the interim Proteas management structure.

“He is in the process of making sure that from a mental‚ emotional and skills point of view that when he gets that opportunity to come back‚ whether it’s in the next Test match or it’s in a different format‚ that he takes ownership of his position and he delivers 10 times more than what he has done.”

“We are really confident and believe in him and Boucher is the same and the rest of the team. At the moment there will always be questions around that. All I’m going to ask is that let’s be a little bit more patient. We are trying to put a few things in place so that we can shape the right direction.”

Asked if Smith and Boucher really understand transformation Nkwe said: “I think they do. In the very new future, there will be some changes. It’s not something that has been ignored.

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Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe confident Bavuma will captain SA in the future

Nkwe said Bavuma‚ who averages 31.24 in Test cricket‚ has not had much luck during his 39 Test career.

“If you look at it‚ let’s be honest‚ he’s been unlucky. There’s been a time where I think he’s got 94‚ 96 or 95 not out or something. One big hit and he’s over the line. He was unfortunate.” He said

“There have been times where he got 70‚ he got 80. People tend to forget the situation he has come in for the Proteas. They have been challenging and he was able to take the team and put them in a much healthier position.”

Bavuma as a new captain:

Now is also confident Bavuma will come back stronger and captain SA.

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Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe confident Bavuma will captain SA in the future

“He’s going to do everything in his power that when the next opportunity comes that he’s ready for it‚,” he said.

“He wants to be in this environment. Hopefully, in the future, he performs well enough and he can lead the team. Having worked with him‚ he’s a strong leader‚ very smart and he’s able to lead a massive group of people to greater heights.”

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Kagiso Rabada has some impressive stats at Port Elizabeth

Kagiso Rabada could pass the 200-wicket mark in Test cricket when South Africa and England square off in Port Elizabeth in the third Test this week.

The pace ace has already claimed 195 scalps and he would become just the seventh South African Test cricketer to cross the 200-wicket milestone should he bag five in Port Elizabeth.

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South African bowlers who have taken 200 Test wickets. Photo: Extra Time Media

Pre-empting such milestones might seem a bit frivolous, but as the great Vernon Philander once said: “stats don’t lie”.

And Kagiso Rabada has some stats at St. George’s Park. It’s easy to forget he is just 24 years old, but the quickie hasn’t needed much time to pile on the records.

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Rabada has played just four Tests at Port Elizabeth, but he is already the third-leading wicket-taker at the ground for the Proteas. While he’s a little way off leapfrogging Allan Donald for the most wickets by a South African at St. George’s Park, there’s every chance he could snaffle the record in the coming years.

Most wickets at Port Elizabeth

Rabada will have fond memories of the 2018 Test against Australia, where he took six for 54 – the eighth-best figures for any bowler at the ground.

The Port Elizabeth pitch has yielded somewhat mixed results in recent years. In 2018, it was fast and furious in the early stages of the game, before it began cracking up and bringing the spinners into play.

Against Sri Lanka in 2019, though, it was low and slow with only the first innings yielding more than 200 runs for a team and the visitors winning by eight wickets inside three days.

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The four-match Test series between South Africa and England is level at one-all. The Proteas secured a convincing 107-run win in the first Test in Centurion, but England bounced back, winning by 189 runs at Newlands.

The large margin belies the tense finish, though. The nail-biting fixture went deep into the fifth day, with South Africa coming agonizingly close to grinding out a heroic draw. The third Test will begin in Port Elizabeth on 16 January 2020.

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South African bowler Anrich Nortje relishing England showdown in Third Test on his home ground

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South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje is relishing the prospect of a fast-bowling showdown in the third Test, which starts at his home ground, St.George’s Park, on Thursday.

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Anrich Nortje’s Fast Bowling:

The 26-year-old, who hails from the industrial town of Uitenhage 20 miles outside Port Elizabeth, has been his country’s most successful bowler in the series so far with 10 wickets at an average 21.8. He has also been consistently quicker than Kagiso Rabada although he does not necessarily see himself as the team’s ‘enforcer’.

‘I’m happy with any role; just to be playing is a big honour.

Containing, striking, it doesn’t matter – I’m still learning about international cricket,’ Nortje before training yesterday.

News that Mark Wood has been at full pace during training for England and may replace James Anderson on Thursday was greeted positively by Nortje: ‘It’s good to have a few quicks in the series, the more the better, it gets the boys going and lifts the energy levels,’ Nortje said with more of an eye on the final Test in Johannesburg next week.

‘St.George’s is a bit lower and slower than other pitches, it’s different for quicks, but it will be good to see us at the Wanderers with balls flying around the batsmen’s ears and the keeper taking them above his head,’ Nortje said.

Wood and Jofra Archer have both admitted to a desire to be the fastest bowler on the day but Nortje says he doesn’t pay attention to the speed gun readings – much.

Fast and Furious Anrich Nortje:

‘Not really, it’s not a competition. However, once the blood is flowing it is quite nice to see it on the big screen! I might keep an eye on it but it’s not something I set out to do.’ His fastest recorded speed. ‘Something 150ish,’ he said with a grin. It is, in fact, 155 kph (96.3 mph).

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South African bowler Anrich Nortje enjoyed England Match in Third Test on his home ground

Joe Root counts as two of Nortje’s 10 wickets but he is not about to claim bragging rights over the England captain: ‘I’m not getting ahead of myself and thinking ‘this is a guy I can get out’ or anything like that. I’m just sticking to the plans we have for him, like all the other batsmen.’

Whoever does replace Anderson will do well to heed Nortje’s ‘top tip’ for successful fast bowling on one of the country’s slower wickets: ‘Pitch it up!

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