England cricketers Ben Stokes and James Anderson made personal records to help the national side fight its way back into the Test series against South Africa on Sunday.
Stokes matched the world record for a fielder taking five catches in South Africa’s first innings. While Anderson scalped 5 wickets giving away 40 runs to finish off the host, which was 223 all out, and England had built a 98 run lead by lunch on day 3 of the second Test.
The visiting team were 52 for 1 in their second innings after Zak Crawley game them a good start with his 25 off 35 deliveries. He edged behinf off Kagiso Rabada but Dom Sibley and Joe Denly kept propelling towards England’s cause.
Be that as it may, Anderson’s five wicket haul was his 28th in the longest format of the game, now the most by an English cricketer after surpassing Ian Botham.
Ben Stokes grabbed all his five catches at second slip to become the 12th fielder excluding wicketkeepers to take five catches in an innings. Australian Steve Smith was the last player to do it in red ball cricket.
England cumulated 269 runs in their first innings after winning the toss, South Africa was 215 for 8 overnight and added just eight more runs.