South Africa 313 (Elgar 46, Stokes 3-53) v England
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Haysman: South Africa failed to twist the knife
South Africa were dismissed for 313 on the second morning in Johannesburg as a compelling Test continued to revel in cut and thrust. England were frustrated as South Africa’s late order continued their escapade of the previous evening, adding a further 46 before the innings came to a close.
From a precarious 225 for 7, South Africa’s last three wickets amassed another 88 runs in 25 overs as the morning proved to be a continuation of the night before. James Anderson was removed from the attack by umpire Aleem Dar for running on the pitch – one infringement the previous night, two this morning – but his replacement Ben Stokes immediately brought the innings to a halt when he had Morne Morkel caught at slip.
England’s fightback on the first day had reduced South Africa to 235 for 7 by the advent of the second new ball, but Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada had added 32 runs in the final eight overs to take the lustre off by the close.
A night’s rest, though, had put a zip in England’s step. Broad and Anderson were restored as England’s go-to pair – Steven Finn had taken the second new ball, in recognition of his own good day and Broad’s fatigue – but the runs kept flowing.
England could hardly afford further merriment. They broke through in the third over of the day, Morris beaten on the drive by Broad and Jonny Bairstow holding the edge. Rabada followed to Anderson in the following over in identical fashion, a relief for the bowler who has yet to make an impression on the series after missing the first Test in Cape Town because of injury. Another 32 runs, though, spilled from the last pair.
Bairstow equalled the record for catches in a Test innings at The Wanderers, a sizeable list also including another former England keeper Jack Russell. A share of the world record eluded him, though, when he failed to hold a fast but takeable catch above his head when Morkel slashed at Anderson.
David Hopps is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo