England Dominate Day 3 vs South Africa
England Dominate Day 3 vs South Africa, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
On a day when South Africa was bent on surmounting the ever-increasing stakes against them raised by the merciless English assault, the rising of the underdogs was not to be a highlight of the day's offerings.
Day 3 of the 4th test encounter between England and South Africa at Old Trafford, Manchester saw the indomitable prevalence of Moeen Ali, who blasted away 67 runs from 59 balls and topped it off by ending the day not out.
Not quite surprisingly though, Ali was not supported with enough depth this innings; a habit which the England batsmen have been displaying throughout this series, as the only other batsman that managed a score worth mention was Joe Root, with 49 runs. However, their efforts did take England to the landmark 360-run lead that they now boast, so a dull day for the other batsmen will be viewed through rose-coloured glasses for now.
Keaton Jennings' stance was telling, as he flashed his bat recklessly at several deliveries and experienced the luck of missed catches by South Africa to waylay the inevitable clipping of his wicket just a little longer.
Although England has stamped their dominance on this test and look to prance on into the sunlight with shouts of victory echoing into the horizon, much food for thought has been cooked up by the considerable chinks in their armour that have exposed themselves over the course of this series and even earlier in the year, which raises questions as to the future of the current team with the strategies that they have yet to revisit.
South Africa's bowlers, in the persons of Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel in particular, are ready to chip away at what is left of the frail England batting line-up, and are anchored by a typically reliable batting camp on their part as well.
Even if rain were to interrupt play again in tomorrow's showing, the end looks nigh for South Africa—barring some glorious uncertainty of course—and considering that two more full days of play are left. The tension only gets thicker as a weakening English side hold on for dear life to the significant total that they have put up, while South Africa do their best to pull off the ultimate come-from-behind win.