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Stokes, Pope lead England’s fightback in third Test after Rabada strikes for South Africa


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World cricketer of the year Ben Stokes survived three reviews by South Africa as he and Ollie Pope regained the initiative for England on the first day of the third Test at St George’s Park on Thursday.

England were 224/4 at the end of an attritional day during which South Africa had briefly claimed the advantage. England were 148/4 when Stokes and Pope came together, in danger of failing to capitalise on batting first on a placid pitch on a hot, sunny day.

But the pair added 76 without being parted and were able ...


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