Ben Stokes continued his irrepressible run of form with a dominant century as he and Ollie Pope handed England full control of the third Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.
The second morning of England’s third Test against South Africa was delayed by rain in Port Elizabeth.
Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley gave England a solid foundation on the first morning of the third Test in Port Elizabeth before both fell as South Africa rallied in the afternoon to keep the score in check at 117 for two.
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.
Mark Wood has not played a competitive game since helping England to victory in the World Cup final almost six months ago but the paceman is finally ready to launch the next phase of his career.
James Anderson has been ruled out of England’s last two Tests against South Africa and faces up to eight weeks on the sidelines with a rib injury during the fifth day victory in Cape Town.
Dom Sibley spent eight-and-a-half hours at the crease as he chased down his first Test century but the opener is treating his epic innings against South Africa as the culmination of a 10-year journey.
Dom Sibley’s maiden Test century and an injection of adrenaline from Ben Stokes primed England for a fifth day victory push in Cape Town, but South Africa lost just two wickets in 56 overs to leave plenty of hard work ahead.
Dom Sibley’s maiden Test hundred and a Ben Stokes bruising cameo set England up for a victory push on day four in Cape Town but South Africa’s openers successfully stalled the charge.