Stubborn South Africa frustrate England

Vincent Carr
July 16, 2017

But two Tests into his tenure England have demonstrated their inconsistency once more, going from a romping four-day victory at Lord's to a desperate situation in Nottingham, where South Africa will resume their second inningson Sunday 205 runs ahead for the loss of one wicket.

They therefore conceded a first-innings deficit of 130, despite Anderson's 5-72, and were 205 adrift after South Africa reached 75-1 at stumps second time round.

The visitors will need their top four to scrupulously build an innings for them every time they come out for bat, something they failed to do last time.

STUART BROAD will never repeat the incredible feats of his last Test at Trent Bridge but he tried his best yesterday. Err... probably not. Having already backed them at that price in the series betting, I'm not going back in after the way they played at headquarters. Since England and South Africa first met in March 1889 in Port Elizabeth their meetings - and non-meetings - have provided some of the most memorable episodes in cricket history.

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

Pollock's own Test career was cut short in 1970, after just 23 matches in which he had already scored 2,256 runs, including seven hundreds, by an anti-apartheid boycott that saw South Africa exiled from official global cricket for over two decades.

England were 85/2 at lunch on the second day in reply to South Africa's first innings of 335. By the close of play, he had an unbeaten 184 to his name and England had a grip on a game they eventually won inside four days.

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Wood's hope is that he can, for the first time in his career, play three Tests in succession in the same series.

South Africa pressed hard and Morkel was asked by Du Plessis to bowl a seventh over in his spell from the Radcliffe Road End. That is a statistic which suggests South Africa are worth risking again at big numbers - [4.9] is available.

However, Philander - who avoided a fracture after being struck on the hand in the first Test - took to his task superbly, producing extremely positive play to record his second fifty of the series in just 70 balls, he and Morris leaving England with work to do on day two.

Coach Trevor Bayliss has been keen to point out that they are considering Moeen Ali as a "batsman who bowls a bit", although after Moeen's ten-for at Lord's and Chris Woakes' injury lay-off likely to come to an end soon, can they really justify keeping Dawson in, especially if he's not scoring runs at number 8?

Anderson said: "We are in a tricky position".

Du Plessis (19) and Temba Bavuma (20) steadied the ship briefly but the collapse looked to be on after they each fell to Stokes.

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