Ben Stokes’s fifth Test century gave England a strong total of 353 in their first innings before South Africa lost Dean Elgar to go into Tea at 18 for 1, on Day 2 of the third Test at the Kennington Oval in London. Stokes, unbeaten on 21 overnight, led the way as the home side added 182 runs to their Day 1 score in under two sessions to nullify the South African pace threat.
Brief scores: England 353 (Ben Stokes 112, Alastair Cook 88; Morne Morkel 3-70, Kagiso Rabada 3-85) lead South Africa 18/1 (Heino Kuhn 10*; Toby Roland-Jones 1-5) by 335 runs.
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Stokes, who earlier in the day completed 2000 Test runs, followed it up with his 10th half-century, off 71 balls but went into hiding soon after. With the new ball taken as soon as it was made available, it was Kagiso Rabada who limited the damage by prising out Bairstow.