Second Test preview: England v South Africa


In helpful conditions, England were thwarted by some determined South Africa batting in the morning session before Amla and De Kock dominated the afternoon.

SOUTH AFRICA: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Duanne Olivier, Andy Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada. However, they had some positives to take away from the first test, and with the return of Du Plessis for the second one, the Proteas will be gunning to reverse their fortunes.

The Telegraph has teamed up with Brut for the Test series against South Africa to launch a contest between two of English cricket's biggest stars - captain Joe Root and leading bowler Jimmy Anderson.

Heavily beaten in the first test, where spinners Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson took 14 wickets between them, the tourists had to battle swing and seam this time. Kuhn faced 42 balls for two single-figure scores at Lord's, undone by a flawless Stuart Broad delivery in the first innings and perhaps a little unlucky to edge James Anderson down the leg side second time out. "We've played some good cricket here in the last four or five years, and we want to make sure that continues this week".

Nasser Hussain has issued a word of warning to Joe Root ahead of the second Test match against South Africa at Trent Bridge. Yet one performance is all it took for all of South Africa's familiar woes to resurface.

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Du Plessis had made only 19 when he was superbly caught behind one-handed by Jonny Bairstow from the merest touch off his glove, giving Stokes a first wicket.

Until then runs were not easy to come by, but De Kock, elevated to number four, sparkled with some wonderful strokeplay.

Amla, the top runscorer on South Africa's last tour of England in 2012 following an unbeaten 311 in the first Test at The Oval, followed six overs later. A senior player like him is expected to take on more responsibility, especially in the absence of a stalwart like De Villiers.

"When he has bowled he's been right on it and got the most out of it".

"I d have had a bowl", said Root. In this innings, he joined Morris to carry South Africa past 300 after they had lost four wickets in a span of 56 runs. I seem to be getting a lot of starts and not finishing the job, but that's cricket for you. We knew coming into this one we needed to fight, and throw the first punch for us to get somewhere. But then you see all the interviews after and think 'its alright, I can go and get my pads on!'