The Standard Bank Proteas bowlers sense an opportunity to make an impact in favourable conditions when play resumes on Friday in the third Test match against England at The Oval. Rain curtailed an action-packed opening day, leaving the hosts at 171/4 when early stumps was called with only 59 overs bowled in the day. Kagiso Rabada, who made a return after missing the last match, says the match is in the balance, but hopes the attack can use the sporting conditions to make further inroads into England’s line-up.
Rabada was in awe of Vernon Philander’s masterful bowling spell, which went for an impressive 2/17 in 12 overs, including five testing maidens. Philander struggled with a stomach bug throughout the day, but showed signs of improving health towards the close of play. Alastair Cook (82) and Ben Stokes (21) will resume the innings, which is scheduled to start at 11h00 with extra time being made up throughout the day.

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