An innings victory to overturn an innings loss. England put on an absolutely outstanding performance, dominating from the outset to win their fourth out of five Test matches this summer. England after going down against South Africa in the first Test roared back into winning ways courtesy of great team performance at Manchester.
England were battered and wounded following their innings defeat at Lord’s, and many suspicions were raised over the ‘Bazball’ hypothesis, all of which should have dissipated today, due to skipper Stokes, who led from the front with bat and ball.
The series is level, and we’re all set for a nail-biter at The Oval. England’s attack put up a fantastic performance on the third day, with every member of the team performing admirably, including Jack Leach, who finished wicketless but gave just 26 runs in 23 overs.
Updated ICC World Test Championship Points Table
Robinson took four wickets, Anderson three, and Stokes two important blows following a tenacious stand between Petersen and van der Dussen, who battled through a wicketless post-lunch session. Those wickets laid the groundwork for wickets with the new ball as Anderson and Robinson did not take long to remove the lower-order batters.
Elgar’s choice to bat in the overcast conditions will be questioned a lot, and South Africa’s bowling strategies also at times seemed quite inconsistent. After England declared their first innings, South Africa fought valiantly in the second-day evening session to reach 23 for 0 at the end. But as soon as play resumed on the third day, that fortitude was abruptly broken, with their pivotal captain Dean Elgar dismissed only 15 minutes into the game.
Interestingly, In this Test series, there have been no fourth innings or fourth-day play till now.
With this loss South Africa have moved to the 2nd spot in the World Test Championship points table and Australia have gone to the top.