Stokes, Roland-Jones put England in control of Oval Test

"The fact is that he has been able to offer some control to this South Africa side and allowed the quicks to rotate at the other end".

And Westley felt he could not have had a better partner for his maiden Test.

On the performance of Philander, who removed Keaton Jennings for a nine-ball duck and returned to have Root caught behind on 29, Rabada added: "He's skilful and makes it look so simple - for me it's just trying to find a way to master the things he does". It wasn't the most fluent innings, but it's surely one of the most effective. Philander had a night to recuperate from the stomach bug, which is often a 24-hour affair. So it was not until drinks in the second session that Philander was called on again. He bowled only five overs and could not bat, with his availability for Saturday in doubt. The periods either side of his departure were like day and night for South Africa. Cook had only added six runs when he was trapped leg before by Morne Morkel.

England rattled up another 73 at almost five an over as Bairstow gave Stokes enterprising support, making excellent use of the hour leading up to the second new ball. "Flaky" and "unpredictable" are two of them.

The initial diagnosis was that he was "unable to keep anything down" was "dehydrated" would play no further part on the day which was why England hunted so hard for the ninth last night. In his place, Rabada struck with his fourth delivery, removing Bairstow.

Having him in this mindset can only be positive for South Africa's attack. England will resume on 171-4, with only 59 overs possible on the opening day due to rain.

That is essentially what happened after lunch. Morkel had Moeen Ali (16) caught behind on review.

"As I say, the wicket is doing a bit, so if we can get as many runs as possible tomorrow, we'll be in a good position".

Like at Trent Bridge, when he got bowled through the gate by Vernon Philander, his technique let him down.

A total of 353 had looked par in the morning when the sun was shining, but as the day wore on it appeared increasingly inflated.

Over 79: England 255-5 (Stokes 62, Bairstow 34) Just a single from this Morris over to Stokes. It was dark, cold - not quite two-jersey weather, but not far off either - and the ball was moving prodigiously.

However, hopes it was just passing through his system proved premature, with Philander again suffering on Friday, and eventually it was decided that he had to be taken to hospital for tests to ascertain what is hampering him.

Paceman Kagiso Rabada returns for South Africa after being suspended for the second Test.

Euan, a left-handed batsman and spin bowler, has been playing cricket since he was little and lives next to the village cricket ground with his parents, Martin and Michelle.

Stokes then took over the senior role, going past 2,000 Test runs in his 62nd innings with a four crunched through mid wicket and soon afterwards he crashed a wayward Chris Morris for three boundaries in an over.

  • Stacy Allen