England are hoping to sign off an unforgettable 2019 with another improbable chase after Rory Burns gave them a promising start pursuing a record 376 against South Africa.
England were left needing a record fourth-innings chase of 376, even bigger than Ben Stokes’ Ashes miracle at Headingley, after a torrid third day of the Boxing Day Test that saw Joe Root and Jos Buttler struck down by illness.
England endured a torrid third morning in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa, with captain Joe Root and Jos Buttler the latest players to be struck down by illness and South Africa extending their lead to exactly 300.
England captain Joe Root and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler were both sidelined after becoming the latest players to be struck down with the illness that has cast a shadow over the Boxing Day Test.
Jos Buttler has become the latest England player to go down with illness and will not keep wicket in the first session on day three of the Boxing Day Test against South Africa.
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.
Moeen Ali’s England exile will stretch into 2020 with national selector Ed Smith admitting he does not know if the all-rounder will return to the international arena.
James Anderson and Jonny Bairstow have been recalled for England’s tour of South Africa.
James Anderson and Jonny Bairstow are set to return to England’s Test squad on Saturday when the tour party to travel to South Africa is announced.
Jos Buttler has emerged as a major doubt on the eve of England’s second Test against New Zealand at Hamilton after the wicketkeeper-batsman tweaked his back during a gym session.
Jonny Bairstow will remain with England in New Zealand ahead of the two-Test series as cover for injured top-order batsman Joe Denly.