England's James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Kagiso Rabada with the first ball of the day. Photo: Halden Krog/AP
England's James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Kagiso Rabada with the first ball of the day. Photo: Halden Krog/AP

SA vs Eng: Plays of the Day, 2nd Test, Day 3

By ZAAHIER ADAMS AT NEWLANDS Time of article published Jan 5, 2020

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Plays of the day

Ball of the day – James Anderson remains England’s talisman in the twilight of his career, and without the injured Jofra Archer, the veteran knew he needed to shoulder much of the responsibility. 

He fulfilled this task with aplomb and got England off to the perfect start on Day 3 by producing textbook out-swinger with the first ball of the day to remove Kagiso Rabada.

Contest of the day – With precious little action in the middle raising the blood pressure on droopy Sunday at Newlands, the confrontation between Kagiso Rabada and Zak Crawley roused the crowd for a few moments. 

Crawley landed the first punch by taking a couple of boundaries off Rabada before the big fast bowler hit on the helmet and ribs. Rabada had the last laugh when he dismissed Crawley.

Shot of the Day – England were renowned for the attacking style of cricket under former coach Trevor Bayliss. It was hugely successful in white-ball cricket, but it seemed that England’s Test side was deteriorating. 

Under new coach Chris Silverwood, there has been a return to traditional batting in Test cricket and Dom Sibley represented it best with his ability to block and blunt the Proteas attack with a solid forward defence. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was effective.

@ZaahierAdams

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