Elgar, Bavuma lead South Africa fightback but England favourites on final day

Roland-Jones got his summons after Mark Wood withdrew from the squad with a heel injury

Roland-Jones got his summons after Mark Wood withdrew from the squad with a heel injury

The participating countries include India, China, Brazil, Australia, Jamaica, Finland, France, Germany, Sri Lanka, Sweden, South Africa and many more. Cook is rarely bowled at this level but can be vulnerable against Morkel. After yorking the risky De Kock, he trapped Du Plessis leg before as South Africa's captain shouldered arms fatally for the second time in the Test.

An abstemious maiden Test fifty by Tom Westley was the centrepiece of a heedful morning.

The hat-trick ball came at the start of Stokes's next over and, given he seems best just operating on instinct and adrenaline, the five minutes predictably saw him waste the opportunity for the hat-trick with a leg-side wide.

Roland-Jones took 5.3 overs to get to four Test wickets, the second fastest for England. They delayed the declarations, according to many, but South Africa's consecutive failure with the bat have brought them touching distance from winning the match on Monday.

After a dream debut, England pacer Toby Roland-Jones said it was great to transform his boyhood dream into reality.

"That was as quick as I've seen him bowl", said Broad, who had earlier claimed the initial breakthrough by bowling the opener Heino Kuhn in the sixth over of South Africa's rearguard.

South Africa finished the second day of the third Test on 126/8, already staring defeat in the face given that they're still 27 runs away from merely avoiding the follow-on.

Root will have sleepless nights as England skipper but fewer of them when Stokes is in this sort of form.

Westley, one of three debutants in Englands XI, demonstrated numerous grafting qualities critics of the teams top-order had said they lacked during a massive 340-run defeat in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Knowing that they won the series in New Zealand because of a rained-out day in Hamilton and a good session in Wellington and not through consistency, they felt some changes were necessary before a big summer in England.

Stokes shared the limelight with Roland-Jones after reaching his century in spectacular fashion with the second of three sixes in a row off spinner Keshav Maharaj, briefly reviving memories of his show-stealing 258 against the Proteas in January 2016.

He bowled Quinton de Kock with a yorker, and then had Faf du Plessis out lbw, offering no stroke. Stokes however had other ideas.

The one light in the dark however was Elgar, who batted gracefully and freely in a defiant manner to reach his 50.

Now, it would be rather melodramatic to compare the Proteas' collapse at The Oval on Friday to those dark times but there's no doubt their batting overall remains wobbly. At 96-4, Elgar had more than half of the runs and was providing a feint glimmer of hope which had appeared lost when De Kock was caught trapped.

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