3rd Test: Ollie Robinson strikes before Marco Jansen stars for South Africa on Day 3 | Cricket News

LONDON: Ollie Robinson delivered their best numbers in England before South Africa hit back in the decisive third Test at the Oval as 17 wickets fell on Saturday after cricket paid tribute to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Sussex tailor Robinson took 5-49 in 14 overs, his third career five-inning run in 11 Tests, as South Africa were dismissed for just 118.
Speedy veteran Stuart Broad enjoyed a 4-41 comeback.
Yet an extraordinary third day – but the first active one of the game – ended with England 154-7, a lead of just 36 points.
fast left arm Marc Jansenwho had top-scored for the Proteas with 30 after unfortunately being left out of the second Test, took the first four English wickets en route to 4-34 from 11 overs.
Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada then captured the key wicket of Ollie Popeout for 67 at his home ground of Surrey.
Pope closed a good ball length outside the stump and was caught – to his obvious disgust – as a sparkling 77-ball inning including 52 runs in bounds ended softly.
Surrey and England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, fresh off his unbeaten cent in the second Test at Old Trafford, was only 11 when bad light ended the game half an hour before the close planned, even if the headlights were on.
“With the weather, the wicket (field) being under the covers for three days, I felt like one of the bowlers was going to have a full sack,” Robinson told reporters. “Luckily it was me and that put the team in a great position.”
Carrying Broad meant he equaled retired Australian great Glenn McGrath’s career total of 563 Test wickets, with only England team-mate James Anderson (665) having taken more Test wickets by a fast bowler.
“He (McGrath) is a hero of mine,” Broad told Sky Sports after the stumps. “He obviously played far fewer games (124 Tests compared to Broad’s 159).
“He was one of the greatest bowlers of all time, in my opinion.”
The opening day was won without a ball being kicked and there was no play on Friday after Britain’s longest-serving monarch died on Thursday, with just three days left in that game.
But South Africa beat England by one set and 12 runs at Lord’s indoors three days before the hosts were equally quick to win the second Test in Manchester by one set and 85 runs.
Stokes had opted to bowl first after winning the coin toss on Thursday and cloudy conditions on Saturday favored the bowlers.
After a minute’s silence in memory of the Queen, with the first performance at a major sporting event in the reign of Charles III of “God Save the King”, South Africa’s long-standing problems returned to apparent.
But batting coach Justin Sammons refused to blame the unusual start to proceedings for the Proteas’ latest slump.
“On the day they (England) were better than us and throughout the tour, that has generally been the case,” he said. “We know we haven’t been good enough as a batting group, but we’re working hard to achieve the standards we need to achieve.”
South African captain Dean Elgar, the team’s most experienced batsman, was beaten between bat and pad for just one by Robinson and his outing was the catalyst for a fall to 32-5 in the only first hour.
But Khaya Zondo, in his first Test innings, responded by throwing spinner Jack Leach for six.
With Jansen, he doubled the score from 36-6 to 72-7 before falling to Broad, who also fired Jansen, for an admirable 23.
England had batting troubles of their own and the towering Jansen took down the struggling opening pair of Alex Lees (13) and Zak Crawley (five) with two convincing deliveries.
And when star batsman Root, chasing a wide Jansen delivery, was brilliantly caught by Keegan Petersen on the third slip for 23, England were 84-3.
England debutant Harry Brook scored in style as he drove Jansen into cover for four but fell for 12 when, after rain stopped play for 30 minutes, he carelessly hoisted Jansen to Rabada at the long leg.
And there was still time before the close for Stokes and Broad to go for six apiece.

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