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Duanne Olivier keeps South Africa in fourth Test hunt

Duanne Olivier keeps South Africa in fourth Test hunt
Duanne Olivier took the prize wickets of England captain Joe Root and Ben Stokes as South Africa continued to fight back in the fourth cricket Test at Old Trafford, here on Sunday.
England were 138 for six in their second innings, a lead of 274 runs, at tea on the
third day.
Jonny Bairstow, fresh from his first-innings 99, was nought not out after 23 balls faced, with Moeen Ali unbeaten on four.
Pace bowler Olivier, only called up for this match after back injuries ruled out both Vernon Philander and Chris Morris, had taken two wickets for 13 runs in eight overs.
But it remained to be seen if South Africa's struggling batsmen could mount a successful chase in the fourth innings on a wearing pitch.
England were bidding for a first home Test series win over South Africa since 1998 at 2-1 up with one to finish in this four-match contest.
Root was also in search of a victory in his first Test series as England skipper.
But after establishing a healthy first-innings lead of 136, England lost three wickets either side of lunch.
After Keaton Jennings had been dropped on nought by diving third slip Dean Elgar off Kagiso Rabada, fast bowler Morne Morkel removed Alastair Cook and Tom Westley.
Former captain Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, had made 10 when he edged Morkel to Theunis de Bruyn in the gully.
Cook's Essex team-mate Westley then managed just nine in his fourth innings at this level before he too was caught in the gully.
The towering Morkel, who'd so often bowled well this series without reward, had taken two for eight in 18 balls.
At lunch, England were 53 for two, with Jennings 17 not out and Root 13 not out.
But South Africa-born Jennings was unable to cash in on his reprieve.
The Durham left-hander had added just one to his interval score when, trying to cut a Rabada ball that was too close to him, he edged to first slip Hashim Amla.
Prior to today's innings, there had been widespread speculation that the 25-year-old would be dropped for the start of England's upcoming three-Test series at home to the West Indies, which precedes an Ashes tour of Australia. And Jennings -- the 11th batsman chosen as an England opening partner for Cook since former captain Andrew Strauss retired in 2012 -- moved close to being axed after totalling just 127 runs in four Tests this series at an average of 15.88.


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