Rain mars day but England on top

Keaton Jennings England

England further established their dominance on day three of the third Test against South Africa despite rain causing numerous delays.

South Africa started the day with the goal of avoiding the follow on and they needed thirty runs to do so.

Temba Bavuma stood out as his solid defence occasionally gave way to glorious cover-drives.

Bavuma would reach a hard earned fifty, batting first with Morne Morkel who added a valuable 16 and then with the ill Vernon Philander who was not himself but nonetheless ended ten not out as South Africa reached 175 all out.

Toby Roland-Jones deservedly claimed Bavuma’s wicket to complete a brilliant debut five-fer that has many asking where he has been all this time.

Philander bowled a few overs as England resumed but he looked off colour and left the field.

Morne Morkel nabbed the wicket of Alastair Cook again though castling the opener for seven but Keaton Jennings dug in for a knock of 34 not out aided by Tom Westley (28*) as England reached 74 for 1 to lead by 252 runs when the rain settled in for good before tea.

The loss of overs may not perturb England too much with two full days still left to force a result on a sporting wicket.