England will look to capitalise on good work from Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope when play resumes on day two of the third Test against South Africa.
Joe Denly might have expected his first Test hundred to come before his first Test wicket but England’s late bloomer is confident a big score is just around the corner.
England were bundled out for 181 by South Africa as they lost control of a Boxing Day Test which accelerated wildly towards a conclusion with 15 wickets on day two.
South Africa’s seamers turned the screw on England as the tourists tumbled to 157 for six on the second afternoon of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion.
Joe Denly dismissed “a mild case of man flu” after posting his first century as an England player but emergency call-ups for Craig Overton and Dom Bess are proof that symptoms have hit the bowling attack harder.
Joe Denly scored his first century for England in their final warm-up match before the Boxing Day Test in South Africa – but concerns over the ongoing illness in camp have led to SOS calls for Craig Overton and Dom Bess.
Joe Root, Joe Denly and Dom Sibley all banked unbeaten half-centuries as England got their tour of South Africa under way with a leisurely day at the crease in Benoni.
Joe Denly and Dom Sibley both banked unbeaten half-centuries as England began their Test tour of South Africa with a gentle workout against an Invitational XI in Benoni.
Rory Burns was the only victim of a leisurely morning as England began their tour of South Africa with a low-key first session at the crease against an Invitational XI.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admitted he was grateful for Joe Denly’s butter fingers after helping the Black Caps close out a series victory over England at Hamilton.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor thwarted England’s push for an unlikely victory in the second Test as New Zealand comfortably held on for a rain-affected draw at Hamilton to claim a 1-0 series triumph.