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Wet weather at The Oval gives South Africa some respite

Toby Roland-Jones (left) completed a five-wicket haul on debut
Toby Roland-Jones (left) completed a five-wicket haul on debut

England 353 & 74-1 (Jennings 34no) v
South Africa 175 (Roland-Jones 5-57)
Third Test, The Oval, day three

Toby Roland-Jones capped off a fantastic five-wicket haul on his debut game as England dismissed South Africa for 175 runs in their first innings and stretched the lead to 252 runs with nine wickets in hand before rain played spoilsport washing out almost 59 overs of play on day three of the third Test at The Oval.

South Africa resumed their innings at 126 for eight. Temba Bavuma (52) was handed a reprieve when he was put down by Ben Stokes (1-26) at backward point, though it was a difficult chance.

The 47 run stand for the ninth wicket finally ended when James Anderson (3-25) had Morne Morkel (17) caught at first slip. Vernon Philander (10 not out) came to bat despite he was hospitalised the entire Friday night due a to virus infection.

Bavuma completed his fifty with a boundary to third man but soon became Roland-Jones' (5-57) fifth victim, when was caught behind as South Africa were bowled out for 175 in 58.4 overs as England claimed a 178 run first innings lead.

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In their second innings, England lost Alastair Cook (7) early but Keaton Jennings (34 not out) and Tom Westley (28 not out) with their unbeaten 44 run stand for the second wicket, took the hosts to 74 for one, thereby increasing the lead to 252 runs when rain arrived during the second session allowing no further play.

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