South Africa under pressure after Bairstow's crucial 99

South Africa under pressure after Bairstow's crucial 99

South Africa under pressure after Bairstow's crucial 99

England has the momentum going into the final Test which starts at Manchester on Friday as they eye their first home series win over South Africa since 1998.

One day after his name was inked into the fabric of Old Trafford, James Anderson stamped his mark on his new end and added a piece of folklore to it. Bowling from the James Anderson End, the fast bowler ripped through the South African middle order to take England closer to series victory.

Hampshire left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, who did not play at The Oval after featuring in the first two Tests of this series, was retained in the squad.

An absorbing day of Test-match cut and thrust finished with honours more or less even but with South Africa over-flowing with belief, thanks to a searing yorker from the final ball of Kagiso Rabada's day that burst through the defences of England's top-scorer and most potent threat, Ben Stokes.

Anderson, England's evergreen strike bowler, was the man of the moment, though, his best figures in a Test innings at Old Trafford - all from the newly christened James Anderson End - leaving Morne Morkel (18 not out) and Duanne Olivier to await their inevitable fate on Sunday.

Bairstow became the first England batsman since Kevin Pietersen against Bangladesh in 2010 to be dismissed for 99 in a Test match and only the second in history to be out lbw. "We spoke about creating pressure.and getting as many balls (as possible) in the right area".

South Africa will have to win this Test to ensure they have not lost the series. South Africa had recovered with Hashim Amla sublime off both front and back foot on his way to 30 from 35 balls, and Heino Kuhn digging in for more than two hours for his 24.

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Bavuma narrowly made his ground on 26 after a mix-up over a single to mid-off and Moeen's failure to break the stumps at the first attempt from Alastair Cook's throw.

Bavuma battled hard for 46 before becoming the latest Proteas batsman to be out playing no shot this series, leaving an Anderson delivery that clipped the top of off stump. At the crease is Jonny Bairstow, looking solid at 33 and he has been joined by all-rounder Toby Roland-Jones, who made a dream debut at The Oval. On four he edged a ball on to his pad off Maharaj and it ended up in Dean Elgar's hands at slip (after an initial appeal for lbw).

Despite winning the toss and opting to bat, the hosts struggled to score in blustery conditions against a visiting eleven that was missing the injured pace duo of Vernon Philander and Chris Morris.

But he should have gone for 53 only for de Kock to drop a low diving chance off Rabada.

While England might go unchanged for this test match, the Proteas might make a few changes.

The morning session was a classic example of Test cricket.

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