Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

South Africa rally to 309-6 on fluctuating first day

South Africa rally to 309-6 on fluctuating first day

James Anderson and Joe Root took the fight to South Africa in the second test at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

At the close of play, South Africa were comfortably placed at 75/1, effectively 205 runs, with Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar unbeaten on 23 and 38 respectively.

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It was swiftly followed by another as Morris got a leading edge back to the bowler and the innings was over when Morne Morkel (2-45) flashed outside off-stump.

Anderson, 35 at the end of this month, has reached veteran status - and following injury niggles which have taken their toll at times over the past two years, he notably limited himself to just a short bowling stint in the nets during England's two days of practice at a venue where he has nearly always excelled.

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It seemed likely he would play one crashing drive too many and that was the case when he nicked Morkel to de Kock for 78 off 76 deliveries.

Former England captain Vaughan was critical of their approach during his analysis on BBC Test Match Special.

James Anderson has a terrific record here and in tandem with Stuart Broad England have a potency which South Africa can't match.

His team were on the ropes after a serious pummelling at Trent Bridge, the cocksure composure of victory in the first match of the series a distant memory.

However, he was let down by England's batsmen, who contrived to cede a 130-run first-innings advantage after they collapsed from 143 for three to 205 all out. The 33-year-old missed the defeat at Lord's for family reasons but marshalled his bowlers impeccably here, with Chris Morris, who helped snuff out the England tail with three wickets, explaining the impact. South Africa reached 179 for two at tea.

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The wounds are mostly figurative, although Kagiso Rabada has absented himself from the second Test after a salty outburst at Lord's led to him accumulating a fourth demerit point.

"We're going to go in with the same team", Root said.

South Africa pressed hard and Morkel was asked by Du Plessis to bowl a seventh over in his spell from the Radcliffe Road End.

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. "It's affecting the performance of the side - they don't put the 11 best players on the field".

At times in the Amla-de Kock partnership the scoring rate was over five and there was a real sense South Africa were seizing some control. The inning sunk further after Ben Stokes (2-77) accounted for du Plessis (19) and Temba Bavuma (20) in a span of three overs.

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