The challenging Sibley puts England in control in Newlands
Cape Town, January 5 (AFP) A disgusting 85 who did not leave the first game Dom Sibley knocked down the bowlers of South Africa when England took control on the third day of the second Test against South Africa in Newlands.
Sibley, who played alone in his fourth test, entered during the morning session after James Anderson collected the last two South African lands to finish with 5-40 and give England a 46-inning lead in the first inning.
In the end, Sibley was still there and England had reached 218 for four, extending its overall advantage to 264.
Sibley's 85, his first half-century trial, came out of 222 minute balls in just under six hours and included 13 limits.
It was slow but consolidated England's advantage after Anderson and Ben Stokes combined to ensure a significant advantage in the first innings.
Anderson completed his 28th five-wicket test course, a record for England, and Stokes caught the last man, Anrich Nortje, to set a record for five catches of a fielder in the England Test.
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Zak Crawley had 25 streaks when England began its second inning, with Sibley making only three in an initial position of 28, before the day was set in a battle of attrition.
Sibley and Joe Denly (31) used 33 overs to add 73 for the second wicket before Denly hooked Nortje to the thin leg.
England captain Joe Root was more aggressive as he and Sibley added 116 for the third wicket.
Root made 61 of 98 balls before being caught in the Dwaine Pretorius slip shortly before closing.
The ball that Root got was an exception by deviating from a crack outside the stump that was a much more important factor in the first two days.
Dom Bess, who suffered a golden duck in the first innings, entered as a night watchman and survived until the last ball of the day, when he was credited with having gloved a Nortje goalie at Kock's wicketkeeper Quinton, thus picking up a 'pair'.
Those two late wickets marked the highlight of the day for hardworking South Africans who will distrust the potential damage Stokes and Jos Buttler could inflict on Monday.
On a cool and cloudy day, South African bowlers were unable to win any swing, whether conventional or reverse, while the application of the heavy roller before the game and after the South African innings seemed to have eliminated part of the life that the Field had shown in The first two days.
Sibley, 24, entered the game with only 71 races with an average of 14.20 in his first three tests, but the tall and strong starter showed the powers of concentration and patience that made him a great scorer for Warwickshire in The Championship 2019 county.
Despite the latest wickets, England, which needed a victory to level the four-game World Championship Championship, played in a command position with two days remaining.
South Africa may claim a second new ball after one on Monday and will seek to hit early if they want to find their way back to the game.
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Anderson took the remaining two terrains of South Africa, as the hosts added only eight runs to their nightly total.
Stokes contained his fifth capture of the innings, all taken in the second slide to fire the last Nortje batter of Anderson's bowling.
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. Anderson was ahead of Ian Botham on the list of bowling players in England with the majority of five wicket sets. (AFP) AH AH