England captain Joe Root wants Ollie Pope to get greedy for Test-match centuries after his man-of-the-match display in Port Elizabeth and believes the batsman can go on to break records.
Joe Root hailed his young England side for a mature Test match performance as they routed South Africa by an innings and 53 runs in Port Elizabeth.
England advanced towards an innings victory in the third Test against South Africa as their pacemen sent stumps flying and Joe Root played an unlikely starring role with the ball.
England’s bowlers will look to tighten the tourists’ grip on the third morning of the third Test against South Africa, building on fine hundreds from Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes.
Ollie Pope’s maiden Test century and another from the bat of the irrepressible Ben Stokes put England firmly in charge of South Africa on a dominant second day in Port Elizabeth.
South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada will miss the decisive fourth Test against England after his celebration of Joe Root’s wicket in Port Elizabeth fell foul of the match referee.
England were pleased with their efforts on day one of the third Test in Port Elizabeth, confident that a late stand between Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope had tipped the scales back in their favour against South Africa.
Mark Wood made his first England appearance since the World Cup final in the third Test against South Africa, replacing the injured James Anderson at Port Elizabeth.
England resume their tour of South Africa when the third Test gets under way in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
England are set to unleash Mark Wood in the third Test against South Africa, with Jofra Archer unable to prove his match fitness.
Captain Joe Root will keep a close eye on the fitness of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer in England’s final practice session before the third Test against South Africa.