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Sport Wood stars as England dominate SA

19:30  25 january  2020
19:30  25 january  2020 Source:   skysports.com

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Mark Wood starred as England took a huge stride towards securing a series win when they dominated the second day of the fourth and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. England posted a first innings total of 400 before reducing South Africa to 88 for six by

An impressive display by Mark Wood with both the bat and ball inspired England to take complete control against South Africa in the fourth Test.

a man in a baseball game: Mark Wood starred with bat and ball on day two in Johannesburg © Getty Mark Wood starred with bat and ball on day two in Johannesburg

England are in total control of the fourth Test after Mark Wood starred with bat and ball on day two against South Africa in Johannesburg. 

England slipped from 258-4 to 318-9, only for Wood (35no off 39) and Stuart Broad (43 off 28) to hammer seven sixes between them in a record 10th-wicket stand at Wanderers of 82 from 50 deliveries as the visitors made 400.

Wood then took three wickets as South Africa tumbled to 88-6 in the final session and closed a mammoth 312 runs in arrears, with Ben Stokes - on the day he was fined 15 per cent of his match fee after clashing with a supporter on day one - Sam Curran and Chris Woakes striking once each.

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England were 192/2 overnight with Joe Root remaining unbeaten with Cook. Skipper Root scored his 35th half-century. He made 61 runs off 133 balls with 7 fours. England lost their eighth wicket for 373 runs. Broad joined Cook in the last session and made Australians toil for wickets. They put on 100

Kevin Pietersen topped the bill, among England ’s wall-to-wall run-makers, with a comeback century against a modest Haryana attack at the Sardar After Compton and Cook had set the stage, Pietersen was increasingly dominant in only his second England innings since his well-chronicled summer of

England had bossed the first hour, which began 45 minutes late due to a wet outfield, with Ollie Pope (56) sealing his third Test fifty and captain Joe Root (59) his 47th as the pair extended their fifth-wicket stand to 101.

a man wearing a white shirt: Anrich Nortje claimed his maiden Test five-wicket haul © Getty Anrich Nortje claimed his maiden Test five-wicket haul

Anrich Nortje (5-110) bowled Pope the ball after drinks and then had Root and Curran (0) caught behind from successive deliveries as England lost three wickets for 11 runs, which became 5-60, when Jos Buttler (20) and Woakes (32) fell after lunch following a brief flurry of runs.

However, Broad and Wood's blistering salvo propelled England up to 400 in their first innings for the second Test in a row and the clatter of wickets in the evening boosted their push for the win that will seal a second straight Test series victory in South Africa, after their 2-1 triumph in 2015-16.

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The England cricket team toured South Africa from 15 December 2015 to 21 February 2016. The tour consisted of four Test matches, five One Day International and two Twenty20 International matches. England won the Test series 2–1. South Africa won the ODI series 3–2 and the T20I series 2–0.

Root hit a hundred in England's seven-wicket success at Wanderers four years ago and would have been eyeing three figures again after becoming the third England batsman, after Pope and Zak Crawley (66), to reach fifty.

But after Pope chopped Nortje on looking to leave, Root then snicked the same bowler behind, having been given a lifeline two overs earlier when Faf du Plessis grassed at slip after Nortje induced the edge.

a man in a white shirt: Wood dismissed Pieter Malan, Temba Bavuma and Anrich Nortje © Getty Wood dismissed Pieter Malan, Temba Bavuma and Anrich Nortje

Curran slashed behind next delivery to leave Nortje on a hat-trick and although the paceman couldn't manage that - Woakes leaving an innocuous delivery well alone - he did complete his maiden Test five-for when Du Plessis caught Woakes in the cordon after lunch.

Buttler tried to give England impetus but skied Vernon Philander to cover early in the second session to hand the retiring seamer his 224th wicket in his 64th and final Test for the Proteas.

Wood does it with bat and ball as England dominate South Africa

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Broad and Wood then provided the fireworks with four and three maximums respectively as they punished some wayward bowling from South Africa before Broad top-edged Dane Paterson to Pieter Malan.

REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko © Reuters REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Malan was the first man out in South Africa's reply, snicking Wood behind from what according to CricViz, at 94mph, was the second-fastest wicket-taking delivery by an Englishman in Tests, behind only the 97mph thunderbolt Steve Harmison removed Glenn McGrath with in Perth in 2006.

Rassie van der Dussen (0) edged Curran behind to Stokes seventh ball; Dean Elgar (26) cracked Stokes tamely to Woakes at point and the beleaguered Du Plessis (3) failed to overturn his lbw dismissal, with Woakes' nip-backer set to clip the leg bail.

Wood then rubber-stamped a superb day for England by having the recalled Temba Bavuma (6) caught low at slip by Stokes and nightwatchman Nortje (6) snaffled by Joe Denly at gully from the final ball of the day, with Quinton de Kock unbeaten on 32 from 44 deliveries.

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