England forced to dig deep to draw Second Test

Wednesday 6th January 2016
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Written by Danny Painter

England recovered from a top-order collapse in order to save a draw on Day Five of the Second Test with South Africa in Cape Town.

Having resumed on 16-0, with a second innings lead of 18, the tourists lost their top four early on to leave them in a precarious position on 85-4 with still more than 80 overs left in the Test match.

A stand between Ben Stokes (26) and James Taylor (27) looked to have steered England back towards a draw until the spin of Dane Piedt accounted for them both.

It was left to Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali to hold the hosts at bay before bad light and the threat of rain showers called an early end to the day’s play – and the match – with England leading by 161 runs on 159-6.

The loss of early wickets had given South Africa hope of an unlikely victory to level the series after the tourists’ victory in the first Test in Durban.

The Third Test between England and the Proteas begins on Thursday 14 June in Johannesburg.

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