Sibley, Denly builds England's advantage against South Africa

Cape Town, January 5 (AFP) Dom Sibley and Joe Denly extended England's lead in a third afternoon of the second Test against South Africa in Newlands on Sunday after James Anderson had eliminated the first innings of the home team in the morning .

England had 109 for two in their second inning in tea, a general advantage of 155 races.

Sibley and Denly got 73 for the second wicket before Denly went for 31 when he hit a short pitch ball from Anrich Nortje and was caught by Dwaine Pretorius in the thin leg.

It was slow, with the association assuming 33 overs, but it consolidated England's advantage in a field where batters have struggled to bat fluently.

Denly he faced 111 balls while Sibley was unbeaten in 44 of 127 deliveries in tea.

Anderson completed a five-wicket tour and Ben Stokes set an England capture record at the start of the day, when South Africa was eliminated by 223, giving England an advantage of 46 innings in the first inning.

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 Nortje batter of Anderson's bowling.

Zak Crawley made a quick 25 before being caught behind Kagiso Rabada, but Sibley and Denly settled and batted for most of the afternoon with South African bowlers unable to find as much help from the field as England did on Saturday.

Only 57 runs of 28 envelopes were scored between lunch and tea for the loss of Denly's wicket.

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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 finishing 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 1,020 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) AH AH

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