Jonny Bairstow 'desperately disappointed' not to score century

Rosalie Stanley
August 6, 2017

This was fairytale stuff and, for a day at least, Jimmy should have been called "Hans Christian" Anderson.

Hampshire left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, who did not play at The Oval after featuring in the first two Tests of this series, was retained in the squad.

If buildings could talk, the old Victorian pavilion and two ultra-modern giant red boxes that make up the James Anderson End would be saying: "Good on you, lad".

He now has 17 wickets in the series at a ludicrously low average of 15.35 and his Test career aggregate stands at 484.

James Anderson, wreaking havoc from the end that now bears his name, effectively administered the last rites on South Africa's series hopes with a devastating exhibition of swing bowling that put England inexorably on the path to victory in this final Test.

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

Cook was looking solid after the break and runs were beginning to flow in an easier fashion as he picked off Olivier at the start of the afternoon session.

In his first over he produced the ideal in-swinger to a left-hander and Dean Elgar, who instinctively recognised that a review was futile, was the lbw victim.

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Heino Kuhn struggled desperately with his timing, technique and a tight hamstring. Amla at first slip, expecting the keeper to complete a simple catch, made no attempt of his own, the two men helplessly watching the ball sail between them.

The sun was out, the pitch was becoming flat, the ball was 38 overs old and the South Africans looked steady on 123 for 3 when Anderson arrived for his second spell.

Captain Faf du Plessis said the absence of a fully-fit Philander was a "killer blow". There was no end to his dreams.

Harnessing the breeze across the ground, Maharaj drifted the ball past an urgent drive for de Kock to gather a thin edge behind the stumps. Few overs later, Kagiso Rabada removed Wesley (29) as he was caught behind to leave the home side tottering at 92/3.

De Bruyn, who had got off the mark with an unexpectedly emphatic reverse sweep off Moeen, eventually dented Anderson's figures a touch with a firm clip for four through midwicket. But neither turned out to be costly.

But for the third time in as many innings, he fell to Toby Roland-Jones after the Middlesex paceman had twice removed him cheaply on his Test debut at The Oval.

Bairstow had a let-off when he was given out for four, caught at slip by Dean Elgar off Maharaj though replays indicated the ball had bounced before Elgar claimed the catch and Bairstow was duly reprieved. He hit 46 of the 50 runs this pair added and the hard work in terms of registering his fourth Test century had been done when he failed to make contact with the sweep that was created to take him to three figures.

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