Alastair Cook dinner missed out on a 31st test hundred but Ben Stokes continued to consider the struggle to South Africa with an unbeaten counter-attacking 50 %-century as England solid on to 269-six at lunch on the 2nd working day of the 3rd test at The Oval on Friday.
LONDON: Alastair Cook dinner missed out on a 31st test hundred but Ben Stokes continued to consider the struggle to South Africa with an unbeaten counter-attacking 50 %-century as England solid on to 269-six at lunch on the 2nd working day of the 3rd test at The Oval on Friday.
Cook dinner, who had batted during the rain-interrupted opening working day to anchor his side’s wrestle to an overnight 171 for 4, added six runs right before staying trapped lbw for 88 by Morne Morkel.
The dismissal introduced together Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, no strangers to putting the Proteas to the sword just after their epic stand of 399 in Cape Town final 12 months, and the pair yet again combined sweetly in a sixth-wicket partnership of 75.
Stokes raced to the tenth 50 %-century of his test occupation off 72 balls right before consolidating to move additional sedately to sixty four by lunch with seven thumping boundaries.
Just after South Africa had taken the 2nd new ball, Bairstow was promptly snaffled for a 52-ball 36 by Faf du Plessis at slip off Kagiso Rabada.
The touring side were being yet again hampered in their new ball assault by not staying ready to contact on important paceman Vernon Philander, who, just as on Thursday, bowled very well early on right before owning to go away the subject for additional than an hour because of to a tummy upset.
In The Oval’s a hundredth test, it would have been fitting had a person of England’s all-time wonderful batsmen had marked the occasion with a century but Cook dinner appeared dismayed to be provided out lbw to a Morkel shipping and delivery he evidently felt would have sailed higher.
He quickly called for a critique which confirmed the ball would have clipped the bails, so umpire Joel Wilson’s contact stood, ending Cook’s 200-ball vigil.
No bowler has now claimed his wicket in tests additional typically than Morkel, who dismissed him for a tenth time.
Stokes then took above the senior function, likely earlier 2,000 test runs in his 62nd innings with a 4 crunched via midwicket and before long afterwards he crashed a wayward Chris Morris for three boundaries in an above.
(Reporting by Ian Chadband, enhancing by Ed Osmond)