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January 26, 2020

Wood stars as England edge closer to series victory


January 26, 2020

JOHANNESBURG: Mark Wood starred as England took a huge stride towards securing a series win when they dominated the second day of the fourth and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.

England posted a first innings total of 400 before reducing South Africa to 88 for six by the close. Two century partnerships and a boisterous last-wicket stand of 82 took England to a total which almost certainly put the match beyond the reach of South Africa, who need a win to level the series.

Then it was the turn of the bowlers, led by Wood, as England pushed for a third successive win in a series which they lead 2-1. South Africa finished the day still 312 runs behind, with Quinton de Kock their only consistent batsman during the series, seeking to give the innings some respectability on Sunday.

Wood made the first breakthrough when he had Pieter Malan caught behind for 15. He followed up with the wicket of the recalled Temba Bavuma, then finished the day on a high when nightwatchman Anrich Nortje was caught at gully in the last over of the day. He had figures of three for 21.

Sam Curran, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes picked up a wicket each.

England’s total was built around three big partnerships.

The first two, 107 for the first wicket between Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley and 101 for the fifth wicket between captain Joe Root and Ollie Pope, were compiled by recognised batsmen.

Wood and Stuart Broad, batting at numbers 10 and 11, hit seven sixes between them and put on 82 off only 50 balls.

The Wood-Broad stand was devastating for South Africa as England turned a respectable total into one which by the end of the day looked too big for the hosts, who have yet to make 300 in an innings in the series.

England won toss

England 1st Innings

Z Crawley c Van der Dussen b Philander 66

D Sibley c De Kock b Hendricks 44

J Denly c Van der Dussen b Paterson 27

*J Root c De Kock b Nortje 59

B Stokes c Van der Dussen b Nortje 2

O Pope b Nortje 56

†J Buttler c Elgar b Philander 20

S Curran c De Kock b Nortje 0

C Woakes c Du Plessis b Nortje 32

M Wood not out 35

S Broad c Malan b Paterson 43

Extras (lb 9, nb 3, w 4) 16

Total (all out; 98.2 overs) 400

Fall: 1-107, 2-116, 3-150, 4-157, 5-258, 6-269, 7-269, 8-309, 9-318, 10-400

Bowling: Philander 20-2-50-2 (2 nb); Hendricks 23-3-111-1 (2 w); Nortje 24-1-110-5 (1 nb, 2 w); Paterson 20.2-3-86-2; Pretorius 11-3-34-0

South Africa 1st Innings

D Elgar c Woakes b Stokes 26

P Malan c Buttler b Wood 15

H van der Dussen c Stokes b Curran 0

*F du Plessis lbw b Woakes 3

†Q de Kock not out 32

T Bavuma c Stokes b Wood 6

A Nortje c Denly b Wood 6

Extras 0

Total (6 wickets; 41.5 overs) 88

Fall: 1-29, 2-37, 3-43, 4-60, 5-74, 6-88

Bowling: Broad 9-3-13-0; Curran 7-3-11-1; Woakes 10-5-16-1; Wood 8.5-1-21-3; Stokes 7-1-27-1

Yet to bat: V Philander, D Pretorius, D Paterson, B Hendricks

Umpires: Rod Tucker (Australia) and Joel Wilson (West Indies). TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (Australia). Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)