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England suffer batting collapse as South Africa seize control of second Test

16 Juillet 2017

South Africa's problems in defeat were largely of the batting (and catching) variety, however, which has led to JP Duminy being dropped for what may be the final time.

Vernon Philander and Chris Morris could not add to the damage they created the previous evening as the former was dismissed by James Anderson for 54.

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.

England could afford to have hope of another dominant performance versus the Proteas, who wilted far too easily in the first Test at Lord's, Joe Root leading his team to victory in his first game as captain as South Africa were beaten by 211 runs.

Root scored 78 of those, so just like Lord's he was responsible for the bulk of England's runs. If it does nip around early then Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, the openers, are vulnerable.

Broad took three wickets on his home ground and was England's most threatening bowler on the opening day of the Investec Second Test. Morkel eventually ended an eight over spell that went for 26 runs with that wicket of Root reward for some disciplined work.

Dean Elgar is a solid cricketer who will benefit from handing back the reins, but Hashim Amla's form is starting to become a concern.

Faf du Plessis took over the reins from Dean Elgar for South Africa as he made a decision to bat first on winning the toss with three changes to the line-up that also saw the return of Chris Morris and Duanne Olivier while England remain unchanged.

The first-innings average in the last ten Tests at Trent Bridge is 295.

"Joe Root was fantastic and played a great counter attacking knock when we were struggling".

At lunch, Root and Ballance, desperate to nail down his Test place after being recalled at Lord's, had taken England to 85 for two.

South Africa then ceased the momentum and pegged England back with quick wickets.

England went to tea on 184/6 still trailing South Africa by 151 runs with Moeen Ali on 14 and Liam Dawson on two. Ben Stokes may feel unlucky after edging Maharaj onto his pads and into the grasp of Quinton de Kock. England had taken the second new ball on Friday but overcast conditions on Saturday and with showers predicted, Anderson was merciless in the first session.

The toss played a crucial factor on a pitch that deteriorated quickly, making South Africa's life tougher than it already is, with their mismatched batting lineup. However terrible South Africa were at Lord's, they have their captain back now and they certainly won't want to repeat such a chastening experience.

England suffer batting collapse as South Africa seize control of second Test