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Root leads England's reply with a classy hundred

Root leads England's reply with a classy hundred
Joe Root scored an unbeaten 106 for England on day two of the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.
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South Africa 313 (Elgar 46) v
England 238-5 (Root 106no)
Third Test, Johannesburg, day two

Joe Root led England's charge with an unbeaten hundred to push the total to 238 for five, trailing South Africa by 75 runs at stumps after the Proteas were bowled out for 313 runs in their first innings on the second day of the third Test in Johannesburg which ended early due to bad light.

South Africa began their innings at the overnight score of 267 for seven. Three overs into the day, Chris Morris (28) nicked a Stuart Broad (2-82) delivery to the keeper.

Kagiso Rabada (24) followed suit in the next over, giving James Anderson (1-60) his first wicket. Hardus Viljoen (20 not out) struck three boundaries in the 99th over to take the total past 300.

In the next over Morne Morkel (12) was dropped by Jonny Bairstow and Anderson was taken out of the attack for running on the danger area.

Ben Stokes (3-53) took his 50th Test wicket by dismissing Morkel a few moments later. South Africa were bowled out for 313 runs in 99.3 overs.

Stokes took three wickets while Broad and Steven Finn (2-50) shared four wickets equally between them. Anderson and Moeen Ali (1-50) took a wicket apiece.

England were rattled early in their innings when Alex Hales (1) edged a Rabada (2-44) delivery to AB de Villiers at second slip.

After a steady start, Viljoen (1-57) trapped Alastair Cook (18) down the leg side, reducing England to 22 for two. Viljoen became the third South African bowler to take a wicket off his first ball in his Test career.

Root (106 not out) and Nick Compton (26) took England safely to lunch with the score at 27 for two.

Five overs into the second session, Compton was dropped by de Villiers in the slips. With a boundary through covers, Compton brought up the England 50 in the 19th over.

The 52-run stand for the third wicket was broken when Compton was caught in the slips off Rabada in the 26th over.

England slid further when James Taylor’s (7) 26-minute stay at the crease was brought to an end by Morkel with Temba Bavuma taking a catch at short leg.

Stokes (58) got going with a six over mid-wicket and followed it up with a boundary in the same over. Stokes and Root played counterattacking cricket to bring up the 50-run partnership in just 34 balls.

Root completed his fifty in 77 balls and England went into the tea break positioned at 162 for four.

Early into the final session, Stokes completed at 46-ball fifty and also brought up the 100-run stand with Root a few minutes later.

In the next over, Stokes attempted to flick a delivery but popped a catch back to Morkel who held onto a sharp chance off his own bowling.

England lost half their side with 202 runs on the board. With a crisp cover drive, Root brought up his ninth Test hundred and celebrated it with another boundary in the same over.

A few deliveries later, the umpires called the players off the field due to bad light. The umpires waited for almost 30 minutes before they called off play for the rest of the day.

England managed to score 238 for five in 52.4 overs, trailing South Africa by 75 runs.

Rabada and Morkel took two wickets apiece while Viljoen had one victim to his name. The game will have a 30-minute early start on day three to compensate for loss of play.

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