SA miss Philander as England take control

England vs South Africa Live Score 3rd Test Day 1 England play South Africa in 100th Test at The Oval

England were 74 for one in their second innings, a lead of 252 runs at stumps on a gloomy third day where rain meant only 32 overs out of scheduled 98 were bowled.

The seamer had got rid of opener Keaton Jennings and captain Joe Root in bowler-friendly conditions on the first morning as England battled against the swinging ball.

Good news for the Proteas fanatics is that all-rounder has been discharged from hospital and is available to bat.

The 25-year-old Durham left-hander, England-qualified through his mother and by residence, almost fell cheaply again to another slip catch by Dean Elgar off Vernon Philander only for an edge on six to be dropped on this occasion.

Bavuma remained defiant then and resumed in highly-skilled mode too on his way to a three-hour half-century which he eventually brought up by guiding his eighth four to third-man off Roland-Jones (five for 57) from the 111th ball he faced.




But he only bowled five more overs in Friday's first session before leaving the field and has yet to return.

Temba Bavuma (34) and Morne Morkel (2) were at the crease for the tourists at close of play on Friday, with Philander expected to bat at number 11.

He stayed there long enough for Bavuma to complete his 50 before the top-scorer was last out, caught-behind pushing forward to give Roland-Jones his fifth wicket.

Stokes came within a whisker of producing one of the catches of the year low to his left in the gully, but was just unable to keep hold of a powerful Bavuma edge.

Stokes could not quite cling on, and in Broad's next over South Africa were safely within 200 runs of England's total after a Bavuma cover-drive for four.

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