England 260-6 (Stokes 58) v South Africa
Fourth Test, Old Trafford, day one
Duanne Olivier and Kagiso Rabada picked two wickets apiece as South Africa restricted England to 260 for six at stumps on day one of the final Test at Old Trafford.
Earlier, England captain Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat first with an unchanged line up. South Africa drafted Theunis de Bruyn and Duanne Olivier in the place of Chris Morris and injured Vernon Philander respectively.
Alastair Cook (46) and Keaton Jennings (17) provided a solid opening stand of 35 runs in 12 overs, negating the South Africa's pace attack but Olivier (2-72) struck in his third over to have the latter caught behind.
Tom Westley (29) went into a shell as he scored only two runs in his first 26 deliveries and the England fifty came in the 22nd over. Westley opened up with two boundaries in successive while Cook was solid at the other end as England went into lunch at 67 for one.
Cook came out with some positivity in the second session after hitting two boundaries in the 32nd over before edging a Keshav Maharaj (1-54) delivery behind the stumps and two overs later Westley was taken by Quinton de Kock brilliantly to give Rabada (2-52) his second wicket. England were reduced to 92 for two at that stage.
Root (52) and Dawid Malan (18) consolidated the innings with a 52 run stand but once again South Africa bounced back after Morne Morkel (1-58) castled the latter at the stroke of tea during which England were positioned 147 for four.
Root and Ben Stokes (58) struck three boundaries combined in the 59th over to gather some momentum with the England captain crossing 5,000 runs in Test cricket, few overs later. Root also recorded his 10th half-century in a row but fell soon after Olivier trapping him LBW. Even a review could not save him there.
Stokes and Jonny Bairstow (33 not out) kept the South African attack at bay with their 65 run stand for the sixth wicket with the Durham all-rounder completing another fine half century.
Just as England looked to end the day decent, Rabada came up with a brilliant delivery to castle Stokes in the penultimate over to limit England to 260 for six at stumps.
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