England take lead out to 98 by lunch on day 3 at Newlands

England claimed a 46-run first innings lead when South Africa’s Proteas were bowled out for 223 on the third day of the second Test at Newlands.

Anderson wraps up the Proteas effort

James Anderson bagged the 28th five-wicket haul of his Test career by taking both South Africa’s remaining wickets. He finished with five for 40.

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 05: England fielder Ben Stokes presents bowler James Anderson with the match ball after the pair combined to give Anderson his 5th wicket during Day Three of the Second Test between South Africa and England at Newlands on January 05, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ben Stokes set an England Test record when he held his fifth catch of the innings to dismiss last batsman Anrich Nortje.

In England’s previous 1019 Test matches, there have been 23 instances of four catches in an innings, most recently by England captain Joe Root against Ireland at Lord’s last year.

England’s record-breaker Ben Stokes

Stokes equalled the world Test record of five catches, which had been achieved 11 times previously, most recently by Steve Smith of Australia in 2017/18, also at Newlands.

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 05: Kagiso Rabada of South Africa gets an edge and is caught behind during day 3 of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and England at Newlands Cricket Stadium on January 05, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Anderson struck with the first ball of the day when Kagiso Rabada was caught behind. 

It put Anderson on a hat-trick after finishing the second day with the wicket of Keshav Maharaj.

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England’s Stuart Broad (C) runs on the field to deliver a ball during the third day of the second Test cricket match between South Africa and England at the Newlands stadium in Cape Town on January 5, 2020. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP) (

Nortje survived that ball but South Africa added only eight runs to their overnight 215 for eight before he was caught by Stokes.

England reached 52 for at lunch losing Zac Crawley for 25 as he edged a drive between Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen with the keeper diving to his right to take a good catch and give Rabada the first wicket. England have a 98-run lead with nine second innings wickets still in hand.

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