England wins toss and bats in final test vs. South Africa

England wins toss and bats in final test vs. South Africa

England's leading all-time wicket-taker took just three deliveries to strike at the newly-christened James Anderson End, trapping Dean Elgar lbw.

England captain Joe Root won the toss and batted in initially overcast conditions, just as he´d done in a 239-run win in the third Test at The Oval.

Going into the final test, England lead the series 2-1 and will be hopeful of sealing a first home series win over the South Africans since 1998.

The Manchester weather could still play a part over the final three days.

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Bairstow then on 53, with just last man Anderson for company, cashed in. He will hope Root throws him the ball in the morning so he can finally have a crack at achieving that feat.

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Bairstow batted brilliantly with the tail to reach the brink of his fourth Test century.

Root made 52 of the hosts' 260 for six day one at Emirates Old Trafford, inking his name into the annals as the third youngest batsman to pass 5,000 Test runs and equalling John Edrich's English record of 10 successive games with a half-century score.

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All the England bowlers, in fact, chipped in with Moeen Ali taking the two wickets he needed to complete 20 for the series. Not bad for England's No2 spinner.

England, who'd won the toss, resumed on 6-260 after Kagiso Rabada had yorked the unsafe Ben Stokes for 58 late on Friday.

De Bruyn edged and Keaton Jennings could not hang onto a leaping effort in the gully off Anderson and then de Kock was spilled at slip by Stokes off Moeen.

Stuart Broad then had a brain fade when he was bowled playing an expansive shot to Morne Morkel.

His was a pretty good day, even so, but nothing on Anderson's.

The in-form Ben Stokes was bowled for 58 by Kagiso Rabada an over before the close at Old Trafford, giving South Africa a late boost after the tourists twice had England in a hole early in the series-deciding test, and twice saw the home team fight its way out.

Anderson had done well to see out an over from Keshav Maharaj when his team-mate was in the 90s.

However, aided by some poor South Africa bowling and tactics of dropping the majority of their fielders to the boundary, Bairstow took 46 runs from the next 40 balls he faced, while at the same time only exposing Anderson to 15 deliveries. South Africa batsman Hashim Amla: "The wicket has deteriorated a little bit, but Jimmy bowled very well". Any fluency gradually evaporated so that it was nearly a relief when he was neatly caught at slip by Ben Stokes for a painstaking 24.

Bavuma might have been run out on 23, but Moeen failed in his attempt to take the stumps, while two hard chances were dropped in successive balls. He could, and perhaps should, have been dismissed by his fourth ball of the match, a lollipopping inside-edge onto the pad flap that Rabada couldn't gather in his followthrough but that short leg would have swallowed, but was instead lured forward by a sharp lifter outside off by Olivier, for Quinton de Kock to take the catch that ended an opening stand of 35.

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