Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes hit hundreds; England dominate South Africa on day two at Emirates Old Trafford | Cricket News


Ben Stokes (103 off 163) and Ben Foakes (113no off 217) deflate South Africa with 173-run stand as England dominate at Emirates Old Trafford Test, lead by 241 after day two – watch day three on Sky Sports on Saturday (10.15am on air, 11am begin)

Last Updated: 26/08/22 7:09pm

Highlights from Emirates Old Trafford where England dominated day two of the second Test against South Africa

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Highlights from Emirates Old Trafford the place England dominated day two of the second Test towards South Africa

Highlights from Emirates Old Trafford the place England dominated day two of the second Test towards South Africa

Ben Stokes scored a superbly-paced twelfth Test century and Ben Foakes his first at house as England seized full management of the second Test towards South Africa on a dominant day two at Emirates Old Trafford.

Stokes (103 off 163) notched his first ton since changing into skipper, sharing a 173-run stand with Foakes (113no off 217) for England’s sixth wicket because the hosts turned a four-run deficit at 147-5 right into a lead of 264 by the point Stokes declared with the rating on 415-9 an hour earlier than stumps.

South Africa openers Dean Elgar (11no) and Sarel Erwee (12no) got here by a difficult nine-over spell earlier than the shut in entrance of an more and more vocal crowd, with the Proteas ending on 23-0 and their arrears minimize to 241.

Ben Stokes' hundred - his first since becoming England Test captain - featured three sixes and six fours

Ben Stokes’ hundred – his first since changing into England Test captain – featured three sixes and six fours

Stokes was noticeably extra restrained after taking part in some frenetic, gung-ho knocks earlier in the summertime, reaching 50 from 101 deliveries earlier than accelerating to his century from 158 within the Manchester sunshine.

Stokes was lastly dismissed after a uncommon swipe towards Kagiso Rabada (2-110) with England main by 169, however that benefit swelled approach past 200 as Stuart Broad (21 off 14), Ollie Robinson (17 off 22) and Jack Leach (11 off 17) performed dashing late-order cameos and Foakes accomplished his second Test century – virtually 4 years after his first, in Sri Lanka – from 206 balls.

Foakes performed a terrific hand, having come to the crease with South Africa buoyed by the dismissals of Jonny Bairstow (49 off 63) and Zak Crawley (38 off 101) throughout a searing five-over spell of tempo and reverse swing from Anrich Nortje (3-82) after England had resumed on 111-3, trailing by 40.

However, Nortje was bizarrely not introduced again into the assault till over half-hour into the afternoon session, by which period England had been 239-5, a wholesome 88 runs to the nice and with Stokes and Foakes firmly settled.

England at the moment are in pole place to stage up the three-match collection and could even fancy inflicting a three-day, innings defeat on South Africa having suffered a kind of themselves at Lord’s final week within the collection opener.

Ben Foakes clinched his second Test hundred and first on home soil from 206 deliveries with a boundary off Anrich Nortje

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Ben Foakes clinched his second Test hundred and first on house soil from 206 deliveries with a boundary off Anrich Nortje

Ben Foakes clinched his second Test hundred and first on house soil from 206 deliveries with a boundary off Anrich Nortje

Nortje strikes twice earlier than England take cost

Nortje’s wicket of Bairstow snapped a 91-run stand with Crawley for England’s fourth wicket with the batters having joined forces at 43-3 on Thursday afternoon following the exits of Alex Lees (4), Ollie Pope (23) and Joe Root (9) because the hosts replied to South Africa’s lowly 151 all out.

Crawley, so dogged final night as he floor his option to 17 from 77 balls, was extra dynamic within the morning, placing three fours earlier than falling to a magnificence from Nortje and following Bairstow in being caught behind.

England were five down and still trailing by four runs when South Africa speedster Nortje dismissed Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow in the morning session

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England had been 5 down and nonetheless trailing by 4 runs when South Africa speedster Nortje dismissed Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow within the morning session

England had been 5 down and nonetheless trailing by 4 runs when South Africa speedster Nortje dismissed Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow within the morning session

Stokes and Foakes quickly guided England into the lead and it was not lengthy earlier than Stokes smoked South Africa off-spinner Simon Harmer (1-73) for six over the leg-side – a feat he repeated within the second session to nail his fifty.

Stokes appeared to tweak his knee shortly earlier than morning drinks, however after some remedy carried on and and didn’t look troubled by that niggle for the reminder of his innings, which contained three sixes and six fours.

A specific spotlight was an impressive straight-driven 4 off Lungi Ngidi (1-61), one of many few events the left-hander danced down the pitch to a seam bowler, one thing he had finished with abandon in current Tests.

Check out one of the three sixes Stokes struck during his 12th Test hundred - this one clubbed off Simon Harmer

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Check out one of many three sixes Stokes struck throughout his twelfth Test hundred – this one clubbed off Simon Harmer

Check out one of many three sixes Stokes struck throughout his twelfth Test hundred – this one clubbed off Simon Harmer

Stokes overturned an lbw dismissal on 72 with Ngidi’s glorious slower ball proven to have been inside-edged onto his pad, whereas he was dropped on 92 off the identical man as Aiden Markram shelled a troublesome probability at further cowl.

Foakes was given out on 28 near lunch, however the choice was altered on evaluation with Keshav Maharaj’s supply having pitched exterior leg stump.

Foakes – the quieter accomplice in that monster stand with Stokes – performed serenely as he turned a 3rd Test fifty, from 116 balls, right into a second Test ton and first since making 107 on debut at Galle in November 2018.

England went on to win that match towards Sri Lanka by 211 runs and may have eyes on a equally convincing win in Manchester earlier than the ultimate Test towards South Africa at The Kia Oval from September 8.

‘Stokes blended aggression and duty’

Sky Sports Cricket’s Shaun Pollock: “This innings showed Stokes was able to adjust. He wants to set an aggressive mindset as captain and show there will never be a backward step, but I think he tempered it here. The responsibility of being the leader tempered with still wanting to be aggressive was what he mixed perfectly. It was a superb performance.”

Foakes ‘overjoyed’ by second Test ton

Foakes said his second Test century was 'special' after previously going through a 'lean patch'

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Foakes mentioned his second Test century was ‘particular’ after beforehand going by a ‘lean patch’

Foakes mentioned his second Test century was ‘particular’ after beforehand going by a ‘lean patch’

England’s Ben Foakes, talking to Sky Sports: “It was a bit of relief. I was overjoyed getting a Test hundred. I’ve had a bit of a wait and I realised how hard they are to come by, so I think I celebrated this one a bit more.

“It’s clearly an excellent alternative taking part in for England and you need to contribute as a lot as potential. When you undergo a lean patch, it makes it much more particular.”

Watch day three of the second LV= Insurance Test between England and South Africa, from Emirates Old Trafford, stay on Sky Sports The Hundred on Saturday. Build-up begins at 10.15am forward of the primary ball at 11am.

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