England make incredible start against South Africa but the Proteas reach 69-6 at lunch at The Oval


England make extraordinary start to deciding test against South Africa by taking six wickets for 36 – as Ollie Robinson takes four – but the Proteas begin recovery to reach 69-6 at lunch at The Oval

Ollie Robinson led the attack as England made an incredible start at the outset of the third day of the final Test as they tore apart South Africa, who managed to recover to 69 for six by lunch at the Kia Oval.

With Thursday washed out and Friday called off in a mark of respect following the death of the Queen, this LV= Insurance series decider will be a three-day affair as the tourists ruled out the prospect of extending the Test, sticking to their original plan of flying home on Tuesday.

They found themselves in some strife, having been asked to bat on Thursday – when the toss took place before several showers ruled out any prospect of play – as England struck three times in the opening 30 minutes.

Ollie Robinson led the attack as England made an incredible start against South Africa

England's cricketers observe a minute's silence in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II

England’s cricketers observe a minute’s silence in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II

Robinson, continuing to open the bowling alongside James Anderson, struck in his first over, nipping one through the gate of South Africa captain Dean Elgar.

Anderson, featuring in his 175th Test, had Elgar’s fellow opening batter Sarel Erwee caught behind while Keegan Petersen was bowled after shouldering arms to Robinson.

Broad also struck in his first over, with the recalled Ryan Rickelton nicking off, while Robinson had his third of the morning soon after as Kyle Verreynne did likewise in a woeful start for the Proteas.

Robinson celebrates with captain Ben Stokes after taking the wicket of Dean Elgar early on

Robinson celebrates with captain Ben Stokes after taking the wicket of Dean Elgar early on

It was the perfect start for England as Elgar was dismissed in Robinson's first over

It was the perfect start for England as Elgar was dismissed in Robinson’s first over

Their struggles got worse as Robinson continued a remarkable bowling spell by striking once more as Wiaan Mulder unwisely hit out at a wider delivery only to edge behind which left South Africa teetering on 36 for six. 

There were to be no more wickets before lunch as South Africa staged a recovery of sorts, as Khaya Zondo and Marco Jansen shared a partnership of 33 runs. 

Nonetheless, the visitors remain in deep trouble at 69-6 going into the afternoon’s session.  

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