Du Plessis delivers warning to England debutant Westley

29 July, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Cape Town - JP Duminy has been sent home from England mid-series, prompting speculation that this could be the end of the road for the 33-year-old on the Test stage.

Nevertheless, he powered through to claim figures of 2 for 32 as South Africa bowled the hosts out for 353.

Stokes' 112 from 153 balls was an innings of contrasting shades as he adjusted with considerable nous to changing circumstances.

Stokes and Bairstow looked comfortable against the remaining bowlers until the new ball was taken 20 minutes before lunch.

Yet his performance was, if anything, eclipsed by the tour de force on debut of Middlesex's late bloomer Roland-Jones.

Morkel's wicket confirmed his excellent record against Cook as he dismissed him for the 10th time in Test cricket.

Stokes made it three sixes in a row over deep mid-wicket, the first time an England batsman had achieved the feat in a test since Wally Hammond against New Zealand 84 years ago.

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That absence was a disciplinary measure for swearing following the dismissal of Ben Stokes in the opener at Lord's. It was Anderson who helped Stokes to his hundred, Roland-Jones (25) and Stuart Broad (3) having fallen to Maharaj and Rabada respectively.

Philander's stomach problems began before play but South Africa did not have the option of leaving him off the team sheet.

Stokes, however, does not take kindly to the implication he has picked up from others that England are guilty of a more general lack of commitment.

BEN STOKES has taken issue with accusations of a lack of "fight" that he believes were unfairly directed at England after their 340-run defeat against South Africa in the second Investec Test. The periods either side of his departure were like day and night for South Africa.

The dismissal brought together Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, no strangers to putting the Proteas to the sword after their epic stand of 399 in Cape Town past year, and the pair again combined sweetly in a sixth-wicket partnership of 75. Three overpitched deliveries in one over from Morris disappeared to the boundary and the left-arm spinner, Maharaj, conceded three more against Jonny Bairstow, one of them an advance to drive down the ground, a typically defiant repeat of the shot that caused his downfall at Trent Bridge.

England batted with confidence in the morning session of Day Two versus South Africa. The plan almost paid off but after taking a catch at long-on, Du Plessis fell into the boundary rope. England faces the problem of being a little too dependent on Root if things go wrong out in the middle and they must avoid putting too much pressure on him and the lower middle order.

Stokes already has points against his name as a result of offences under the International Cricket Council's code of conduct - the same cumulative procedure which led to Rabada's one-match ban.

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