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Stokes and Pope give England edge on hard-fought opening day in PE

Posted On: 16 Jan 2020   |   Posted By: Cricket365

Ben Stokes was cast in a familiar role on day one of the third Test against South Africa, charged with bailing England out of a tricky situation alongside Ollie Pope in Port Elizabeth.
Stokes, the freshly minted world player of the year following his match-winning exploits in 2019, was left to carry the can when Joe Root lost his off stump to leave England 148 four but came together with Pope to reach 224 without further loss.
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England had threatened to fritter away an opening stand of 70 between Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley, but what initially looked like a bowler's graveyard at St George's Park was slowly revealed as a trickier proposition as the Proteas gnawed away.
Stokes battled through some tough moments, and no less than three reviews, to finish 38 not out at stumps, with Pope timing his shots better than anyone in a lively 39no.
Sibley (36) and Crawley (44) had earlier become the first English openers to bat out the opening session of a Test...

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