Anderson and Stokes increase England's lead

Cape Town, January 5 (AFP) James Anderson completed a five-wicket course and Ben Stokes set a record for capturing England before England extended its lead on the third day of the second Test against South Africa in Newlands on Sunday.

England had 52 for a wicket in their second inning at lunch, a general advantage of 98 races.

Anderson took the remaining two terrains from South Africa, as the hosts were eliminated by 223, adding only eight runs to their nightly total.

Stokes set an England test record for a fielder when he retained his fifth capture of the innings to fire the last batter Anrich Nortje of Anderson's bowling.

Zak Crawley made a quick 25 before being caught behind Kagiso Rabada, but Dom Sibley and Joe Denly saw England for lunch.

Anderson completed the 28th course of five wicket of his test race. He hit the first ball of the day when Rabada was caught behind.

He put Anderson in a hat-trick after he finished the second day with Keshav Maharaj's wicket. Nortje survived, but four overs later surpassed an impulse to give Stokes his fifth catch, all retained in the second slide.

It was the first time in 1020 test matches that an English fielder made five catches.

There were 23 cases of four catches in one entry, most recently by England captain Joe Root against Ireland in Lord's last year. Stokes matched the five-catch world test record, which had been achieved 11 times previously, most recently by Steve Smith of Australia in 2017/18, also in Newlands. (AFP) AT AT

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