Alistair Cook’s 82 not out boosts England on Day One
Alistair Cook’s batting stood out for England during the opening day of the third test against South Africa.
The former captain’s 82 not out took England to 171/4 at the close of play.
Rain delayed much of the day’s play, with 59 overs being played in total at The Oval.
Vernon Philander’s supreme bowling (2-17) appeared to put South Africa in control early on. He took out Keaton Jennings for a duck after just three overs before forcing Joe Root to hit the ball into the hands of wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock later in the innings.
Tom Westley (25) fell victim to Chris Morris in the 24th over and debutant Dawid Malan managed just one run before being bowled by Kagiso Rabada.
An unbeaten partnership of 51 between Cook and Ben Stokes boosted England from 120/4 to 171/4 before rain stopped play once again at 6pm.
England’s innings continues tomorrow with the test series tied at 1-1.