Thursday 6th May 2021

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  • England v South Africa: James Anderson & Jonny Bairstow star on second day

    Fourth Investec Test, Old Trafford, day two
    England 362 (108.4 overs): Bairstow 99, Stokes 58, Rabada 4-91
    South Africa 220-9 (68.3 overs): Bavuma 46, Anderson 4-33, Broad 2-45
    England lead by 142 runs

    James Anderson took four wickets to give England a firm grip on the final Test against South Africa on day two at Old Trafford.

    Bowling from the end bearing his name, Anderson claimed 3-6 in 24 balls to reduce the Proteas to 146-6.

    They eventually lurched to 220-9, 142 behind.

    Jonny Bairstow was earlier out for 99, adding 50 for the 10th wicket with Anderson, as England made 362 in their first innings.

    That seemed slightly over par, with Anderson ramming home an advantage that looks set to result in England’s first home series win against South Africa since 1998.

    The hosts will have the opportunity to bat the Proteas out of the game on Sunday, especially as the visitors’ task in the fourth innings is likely to be made more difficult by a surface showing some uneven bounce.

    England are looking to give captain Joe Root victory in his first series in charge, as well as winning a first series in four.

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