South Africa vs England 3rd Test Day 2: Root’s ton puts England on top

Root celebrates after scoring his ninth Test century

Root celebrates after scoring his ninth Test century

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England batsman Joe Root scored a spectacular unbeaten century to put his side in a commanding position over South Africa on the second day of the third Test in Johannesburg.

Starting off the day on 267/7, South Africa’s tail-enders all made decent contributions with the bat and the Proteas ultimately managed to make 313 before they were bowled out.

Ben Stokes was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Steven Finn and Stuart Broad snapped up two wickets apiece and James Anderson and Moeen Ali chipped in with one wicket each.

Trailing by 313 runs, England got off to a poor start as they lost Alex Hales and captain Alastair Cook in quick succession before Nick Compton and James Taylor were dismissed just when England seemed to rebuilding their innings.

However, Root and Stokes stemmed the bleeding with a 111-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Stokes was caught and bowled by Morne Morkel for 58 off 54 balls, which included nine boundaries and a six.

Stokes struck nine boundaries and a six during his knock of 58

Stokes struck nine boundaries and a six during his knock of 58

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Root and Jonny Bairstow kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 36-run stand, during which Root registered his ninth Test century, before the heavens parted and the players were ushered off the field.

With the rain refusing to relent, the umpires had no choice but to bring play to an end earlier than expected.

Root ended up finishing on 106 off 131 balls, which included 17 boundaries, while Bairstow remained undefeated on four.

Morkel and Kagiso Rabada took two wickets apiece, while debutant Hardus Viljoen claimed one.

England ended day two on 238/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 08:30 GMT.

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