Ageless James Anderson helps England beat South Africa by a set

Evergreen James Anderson claimed three wickets as the English tailors led their side to victory over South Africa by one innings and 85 runs just before the close of day three of the second Test at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Tourists were knocked out for 179 in their second innings with Anderson taking 3-30 as he became the leading wicket taker among pace bowlers in any format by overtaking Australian Glenn McGrath’s tally of 949 with his second scalp.

The Tourists had resumed their second leg on the 23rd unbeaten after England’s mammoth 415-9 on Friday, but Anderson and compatriot Ollie Robinson (4-43) were excellent with their line and length to tie the three-game series to 1 -1. .

The third test will take place at The Oval from September 8. South Africa won the first game by one set and 12 runs at Lord’s. “It’s amazing to come back from last week’s disappointment at Lord’s to deliver the performance we put in. It gives us a lot of confidence and sets up the series well,” England captain Ben Stokes said during the post-game presentation.

“It was one of those wickets where you didn’t think you could hit across the line (as a batsman), some balls were bouncing and some were skidding. “The progression on our part (as a team) has been if you have that clear mindset and the positivity to score, it makes things a lot easier.”

England had struggled through the middle session without taking a wicket. But once they removed Keegan Petersen (42) and Rassie van der Dussen (41), who were hitting with a broken finger and will no longer play a role on the show, they ran through the tail, helped by the new ball.

Anderson, from the end of the field that bears his name, showed none of his 40 years, as he played with vigor and precision to eliminate visiting captain Dean Elgar (11), Simon Harmer (16) and Kagiso Rabat (2).

Robinson was drafted to the side after missing the Lord’s test and was also excellent with his pace and throbbing line. Elgar may well regret winning the coin toss and opting to bat first under overcast skies on day one, which now seems like a bad decision, but England also exposed the visitors’ vulnerable top six on a useful wicket after knocking them out in the first innings for 151 .

It wasn’t quite the ‘Bazball’ style of the start of the summer, but England captain Ben Stokes’ 103 and Ben Foakes’ unbeaten 113 on Friday took the game away from the visitors and they finished the job in three days.

Van der Dussen will be replaced in the squad by the all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, which could give batsman Aiden Markram a reprieve, who failed again on Saturday with a score of six and is in poor form.

“England were much better than us all three days,” Elgar said. “We had a plan to come here, but the first innings are important in Test cricket.

“We have a lot of learning and quite a few days until the next test, so we’ll go back to the drawing board.”

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