England 162-4 in 3rd test after Root & Stokes attack SAfrica

South Africa's batsman Kagiso Rabada, left, leaves the field after dismissed by England's bowler James Anderson, middle, for 24 runs on the second day of the third test cricket match at Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) Joe Root and Ben Stokes went on the attack with a rapid half-century partnership to propel England to 162-4 against South Africa in the third test on Friday.

Root was 60 not out, and Stokes had clobbered six fours and a six in his 38 not out as England cut South Africa's first-innings lead to 151 by tea on the second day.

Their fightback took England out of trouble at 91-4 when James Taylor fell to a juggled catch by Temba Bavuma at short leg.

Debutant fast bowler Hardus Viljoen took a wicket with his first ball in test cricket for South Africa, and Kagiso Rabada had 2-31 as the Proteas struck early blows in England's reply.

But Root steadied, and Stokes came out swinging to change the momentum.