Newspaper: Rabada's return boosts Proteas as England look to Westley

Duminy has been allowed to return home before the end of South Africa’s tour to England

Duminy has been allowed to return home before the end of South Africa’s tour to England

But the new ball did the trick for the Proteas when Bairstow, on 36, edged a lifting Rabada delivery to second slip, where South Africa captain Faf du Plessis held a sharp catch to end a stand of 75.

"When I got the call when I was selected he was one of the first to call me with congratulations". "A lot of cricket has happened in between; I don't think there will be any thoughts of that".

"I remember just trying to bat as long as I can and thankfully I did".

Anderson's emergence at No. 11 with Stokes still nine short of his hundred persuaded him that it was time to crank things up.

Cook fell soon afterwards for 88 when he was lbw on the back foot to fast bowler Morne Morkel. But he only bowled five more overs in Friday's first session before leaving the field. Stokes also adds another to his total before Bairstow is nearly undone by some extra bounce; he manages to fend it off and the ball lands well short of gully. Going off the field, I asked him for a few pointers. Stokes claims anothet boundary, driving a half volley for four.

The hosts had come in for some criticism time and time again for their recklessly aggressive batting approach and the poor showing at Nottingham has only served to enforce it. England's batting card after Thursday's play will only go on to strengthen the criticism against them.

"We didn't adapt whatsoever in that innings", he said. It's always a positive sign when Cook is getting forward and driving straight.

"Unfortunately players go through a bad run of form and sometimes they stop enjoying the game".

Over 65: England 183-5 (Stokes 27, Bairstow 0) Stokes pulls aggressively but it's only a single. The umpire raised his finger in response.

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He will not be tempting fate either by recalling his past glories when the time comes to take guard again in an Oval Test. Theunis de Bruyn, Aiden Markram, Khaya Zondo. there are too many players who should be given a crack before Duminy is allowed another chance.

But he will be disappointed not to have kicked on after edging a Chris Morris outswinger to slip shortly after the interval. Soft hands saves Cook on this occasion. Cook gets off strike with a quick single.

His century secured, for good measure Stokes slog-swept the next one for a third six in a row.

With the ball swinging and Verno Philander and Morne Morkel locating the flawless line and length England never felt like they were in front. The batsman is solid in defence and it's a maiden. Philander is instantly on the money but Cook is able to turn him away for a couple. It was at The Oval in 2012 where Amla made South Africa's record individual Test score of 311 not out. Stokes' innings has been flawless till now. The periods either side of his departure were like day and night for South Africa.

1015: Good morning one and all.

With the series locked at 1-1, this is a pivotal match.

England resumed on 171 for 4, with Alastair Cook 82 not out and Stokes unbeaten on 21.

I think they'll probably load up with an extra batsman and a single spinner.

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