England collapse as South Africa consolidate in 2nd Test


South Africa then extended their lead to 205 with a stumps total of 75 for one, as a curiously serene late passage of play broke the mould and yielded a solitary wicket in a daily tally of 15. "They only bowled a handful of overs in the second innings last week".

"England lost eight Tests previous year".

"We were probably one shy".

Joe Root was pretty much the difference between the two sides in the first test.

South Africa were considered the wrong price before a ball was bowled and when they had reduced the hosts to 76 for four they looked like proving that the gulf was unfair.

"That was a very untypical English wicket and I thought we adapted to it well".

One-nil down in the Investec Series, the tourists must revive their fortunes at a ground where England have not been defeated in Test cricket since 2007, winning six of the seven played there since India achieved victory in July that year. On another day, South Africa would have lost them both but this time they survived.

Everything went Root's way at Lord's in the first Test when he notched 190 and won the match by 211 runs.

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The next ball Morris launched into a massive appeal after striking Stuart Broad on the pads, the umpires were unmoved but South Africa reviewed and had the decision overturned.

It is no coincidence that South Africa's resurgence this match has come following the return of their captain, Faf du Plessis.

Transformation is created to cope with the legacy of apartheid, when largely only white players such as Pollock, one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, were allowed to play for official South Africa sides. His bowling abilities make him an ideal pick for the second test.

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South Africa's opening stands at Lord's were 10 and 12, and it would be no surprise to see Hashim Amla striding to the crease early in the first innings here.

The seamer reached the milestone when he dismissed the visiting captain with score at 18-0 in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Du Plessis (19) and Temba Bavuma (20) steadied the ship briefly but the collapse looked to be on after they each fell to Stokes. But England made fewer inroads than they wanted because they tended to bowl too short and the surface lacked pace.

England squad: Joe Root (capt, Yorkshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Keaton Jennings (Durham), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Jonny Bairstow (wkt) (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Mark Wood (Durham), James Anderson (Lancashire), Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex).