Roland-Jones rattles SA

Roland-Jones rattles SA

Toby Roland-Jones removed all of South Africa's top four in a sensational debut display as England seized control of the third Test at The Oval on Friday.

The Proteas collapsed to 126 for eight at stumps on the second day, with Middlesex paceman Roland-Jones taking four wickets for 39 runs in 11 overs in what is the 100th Test at The Oval.

South Africa were now 227 runs adrift after all-rounder Ben Stokes's century against an attack without the ill Vernon Philander propelled England to 353 in their first innings.

Roland-Jones struck with just his 10th ball in Test cricket after coming on as first change when Dean Elgar was caught behind to force an early tea.

After the interval, Roland-Jones had Heino Kuhn lbw and South Africa were 23 for two.

Hashim Amla exited for just six, when he could do nothing other than glove a lifting Roland-Jones ball to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. And when Quinton de Kock, aiming legside, was caught at gully by Stokes, South Africa were 47 for four with Roland-Jones having taken four for 15 in 24 balls at that stage.

James Anderson then had South Africa captain Faf du Plessis lbw for one playing no shot.

And the Proteas were 51 for six when Anderson gave himself another early birthday present when he caught and bowled Chris Morris.

One meagre consolation for South Africa came when, even with the floodlights switched on, the skies above The Oval were so dark that the only to avoid play being halted for bad light was for England to bowl spin at both ends via captain Joe Root and Moeen Ali.

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