England vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 3: Rain has final say after England push lead to 252

The rain had the last laugh on the third day

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Heavy rain ruined England’s charge after they managed to accumulate a 252-run lead over South Africa on the third day of the third Test at The Oval.

Starting off the day on 126/8, Temba Bavuma and Morne Morkel converted their 12-run partnership into a 47-run stand before Morkel was dismissed by James Anderson for 17.

The Proteas were eventually bowled out for 175, which gave England a 178-run lead, when Bavuma was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Toby Roland-Jones for 52, which came off 120 balls and included eight boundaries.

Bavuma scored his eighth Test fifty

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Roland-Jones was easily the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Anderson snapped up three, and Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Roland-Jones became the first England bowler since Graham Onions in 2009 to take a five-wicket haul on debut

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With a 178-run lead in hand, South Africa benefited from a rain delay that forced an early lunch as Morkel clean bowled Alastair Cook for seven runs just a short while after the match resumed.

However, Keaton Jennings, whose place in the side is in jeopardy after a poor showing in the series thus far, and debutant Tom Westley steadied the ship with an unbeaten 44-run partnership before the heavens parted again.

With the rain refusing to relent, the umpires had no choice but to bring play to an end for the day.

Jennings finished on 34 off 61 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Westley remained undefeated on 28 off 38 deliveries, which included six boundaries.

Morkel was the only bowler to take a wicket.

England ended day three on 74/1 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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