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England are left frustrated as visitors take the lead with a quick blow in the morning session

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Ben Stokes breaks through against South Africa with Sarel Erwee wicket…

  • England could only add four more runs to their total scored last night
  • South Africa now lead by 30 runs on runs by Sarel Erwee and Dean Elgar
  • Ben Stokes breaks through in South Africa batters with Erwee wicket

England had a frustrating morning on the penultimate day of the third Test, but Ben Stokes made a crucial breakthrough just before lunch time after South Africa took a slim lead.

The hosts added just four runs to their night total as they lost their last three wickets in 16 legal balls and were all out for 158 in 36.2 overs – the same length as the Proteas’ first innings.

While England led by 40 runs in the first innings, South African openers Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee cleared the deficit within 8.5 overs, despite a close scrutiny of James Anderson and Ollie Robinson in particular.

South Africa’s Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee scored quickly and put their team back in the lead

Both flanks were challenged and while South Africa’s openers were up to the task and scored freely when the opportunities presented themselves, Stokes winked Erwee just before lunch with his third delivery of the match.

With a rod over the left hand, Erwee’s hesitant push took the lead that just carried to Joe Root, who took a low catch forward on the first slip before the tourists lunched 70 for one – a lead of 30.

The day after swinging to 36 for six in this shortened LV=Insurance decider on a poignant Saturday, Elgar (35 not out) and Erwee (26) showed caution in bowler-friendly conditions at the Kia Oval.

The England captain put himself on the bowl and took the wicket from batter Sarel Erwee for 26 runs

The England captain put himself on the bowl and took the wicket from batter Sarel Erwee for 26 runs

Stokes celebrates the breakthrough when he sees the collaboration between Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee.  stopped

Stokes celebrates the breakthrough when he sees the collaboration between Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee. stopped

They had to be wary as the ball often hit the bat and fell painfully down a few edges, while Erwee appeared to be spared from Robinson by the ball tossing fractionally outside the leg stump – one of two reviews England in a annoying spell.

With the wickets temporarily drying up for the English frontline sailors, Stokes pulled himself together and made a fuller delivery for Erwee, although Elgar, despite being far from fluent, was still there at lunchtime.

Previously, England’s innings was wrapped up by South Africa in 13 minutes, with Marco Jansen celebrating his recall with five for 35 after Ben Foakes sent into the cordon to be the last man out.

Ben Foakes was the last man to retire for England as they added just four runs to their score today

Ben Foakes was the last man to retire for England as they added just four runs to their score today

Robinson meekly chopped the second ball of the session to briefly cover Kagiso Rabada, who also snagged Jack Leach after slashing the fast bowler on his stumps.

While England had the upper hand halfway through, they still can’t consolidate further as they were 84 for two and lost their last eight wickets for the addition of just 74 runs.

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