South Africa would love Jennings to keep place, says Smith

Players leave the pitch as rain forces an early lunch on the third day of the third test match between England and South Africa at The Oval cricket ground in London Saturday

Roland-Jones then ripped through the South Africa top order as the Proteas slumped to 61-7 before closing on 126-8, still 28 runs shy of the follow-on target.

Roland-Jones struck first when Dean Elgar was caught behind to the last ball before tea, but admitted he was far from sure of the dismissal until it was confirmed on DRS.

All-rounder Vernon Philander was discharged from the hospital on Saturday morning will bat on day three of the third test against England at the Oval, Cricket South Africa said.

Bavuma also had praise for Roland-Jones.

But the rain that started to fall during the lunch break suggested that novice skipper Root might have to declare earlier than he would like if he wants to give his bowlers enough time to force a win that would put England an unbeatable 2-1 up in this four-match series with just one to play.

South Africa-born and raised Jennings - England- qualified through his mother and residence - had launched his Test career with a century on debut against India in Mumbai in December.

Westley scored just nine runs from 54 balls in 85 minutes, miscuing deliveries from Morkel and Rabada as he consistently targeted the leg-side but did not offer a chance, while Root helped himself to 10 off one particular wayward over from Morris.

England's Toby Roland Jones holds up his hat to applause as he leaves the pitch after taking the wicket of South Africa's Temba Bavuma on the third day of the third test match between England and South Africa at The Oval cricket ground in London Saturday
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Stokes ensured his early hard work and former captain Alastair Cook's innings of 88 did not go to waste.

Stokes was the last man out, caught at long-off looking to launch Morkel, but only after he had delighted a noisy Oval and taken England to a strong total.

If Roland-Jones takes one more wicket in South Africa's first innings he will be the first player since Graham Onions in 2009 to take 5+ wickets in their debut bowling innings for England.

England's Toby Roland-Jones told BBC Sport: "It was a pretty special day, we wanted to push ourselves as high as possible in some testing conditions".

He said: "When I got close to a hundred Jimmy [Anderson] said "What are you going to do?' - and I think I just said 'Wallop". Stokes reached his hundred with the second of three consecutive sixes.

But Stokes got the balance right on Friday.

"It's not often you see a debutant settle as quickly as he did", Anderson said and added, "He looked very comfortable and very confident".

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