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Anderson and Bairstow shine as England bully South Africa

Anderson and Bairstow shine as England bully South Africa

The in-form Ben Stokes was bowled for 58 by Kagiso Rabada an over before the close at Old Trafford, giving South Africa a late boost after the tourists twice had England in a hole early in the series-deciding test, and twice saw the home team fight its way out.

Runs and wickets had flowed with regularity during an entertaining morning session, as the loss of nightwatchman Roland-Jones for four was followed by fleeting appearances at the crease from Moeen (14) and Broad (7).

Those additional runs were enough for Root to bring up both of his new landmarks, being older only than Sachin Tendulkar and Cook to the 5,000 mark, but a major innings eluded him as he wandered down and across the wicket to Olivier, inviting lbw.

Roland-Jones then dismissed Amla for the third time in this series, the South African playing a disgusting shot to a frightful delivery that Bairstow gathered down the legside.

England will play the same XI that won them the previous Test at The Oval.

With the wind behind him, Anderson could have made it three in nine balls as Theunis de Bruyn flinched a searing lifter into the gully off the splice, where Keaton Jennings made brilliant ground to his left but couldn't cling on with one hand.

England captain Joe Root and Dawid Malan steadied things with a 52-run stand before Malan was caught by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis at second slip off the bowling of Morne Morkel for 18.

Rabada collected 2-52 and Olivier 2-72.

A tour that started back in mid-May has already seen South Africa lose one-day worldwide and Twenty20 series to England, with the Proteas suffering a disappointing first-round exit in the Champions Trophy as well during their time in England.

The afternoon session belonged to South Africa.

Extraordinarily, this ideal start to Test cricket actually happened for the Middlesex seamer, and his heroics effectively put the game beyond South Africa by the end of day two.

Smith, the skipper of South Africa when Philander first broke into the national side, continued: "Sometimes you need to be a little bit harder on Vern". Having nearly nicked Morkel behind, the captain then followed the bad example set by his departed team-mates in offering a thick edge of his own, only for De Kock to inexplicably fail to dive.

Root was the next to go after being caught lbw by Olivier.

However, surely nothing can stand between the hosts, who went into this final Test with a 2-1 lead, and a notable triumph in Joe Root's first series as captain.

For Root, his 5000 test runs have come at a fabulous rate: 57 tests and 105 innings, putting him among some outstanding names.

The pacer, who has 10 wickets in the series, spent the second night of the Oval Test in hospital on a drip and was unable to bowl as he had to make back time he had spent off the pitch ill. All three of them edged behind.

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