Proteas in strife in first Test v England

by Olga Hunt July 10, 2017, 0:34
Proteas in strife in first Test v England

The absence of their coach could be a significant hindrance for South Africa after they lost the opening Test by 211 runs at Lord's on Sunday (July 9). Stuart Broad was twice taken for three fours in an over as de Kock, who scored his maiden Test hundred against England previous year, set about matching the grand surroundings with an innings of equivalent pomp.

Moeen was bowled by Kagiso Rabada for 87 and Mark Wood lasted two balls before he was out lbw to the right-arm paceman.

Root was dropped twice in his innings, along with Root, Moen Ali also went back unbeaten at the score of 61, they both are sharing unbeaten partnership 167-runs for the sixth-wicket.

There was a lengthy delay while Philander was seen to by the South Africa team physio before taking pain-killing tablets and continuing to bat. 3 overs later, Moeen Ali had Dean Elgar caught and bowled.

England's efforts to turn a strong position in the first Test into a decisive one were led by rousing all-round contributions from Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali on a sweltering day of hard-fought cricket at Lord's.

Bairstow's half-century helped take England past 200 after they had slipped to 149 for 5 but he required the benefit of a life. Bavuma, who became the first black South African to score a Test hundred during England's visit in 2015-16, was quietly impressive during a chanceless innings.

When the piece you remove is arguably the best fast bowler in the history of the game in Dale Steyn, those weaknesses are even more glaring.

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada reacts after pitching a delivery during the first test between England and South Africa at Lord's cricket
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada reacts after pitching a delivery during the first test between England and South Africa at Lord's cricket

South Africa bowled well, too - presenting a more challenging task than the county attacks from which Cook has so far plundered six centuries this summer for Essex. The speed of England's demise seemed to have ruled out the possibility of a draw with more than 50 over remaining in the fourth day.

To be honest, the Proteas did well to restrict England to an overall run rate of 2.3 per over but it probably won't matter much as they need wickets.

Bairstow and Moeen Ali decided on a hit-out-or-get-out strategy, adding 31 in 7.2 overs to edge England's lead up.

The evidence of the first over of the morning was that the Lord's baize was by now a little rumpled. The majority of Philander's innings came after he had been struck a painful blow on the hand by James Anderson, although X-rays confirmed he had not suffered a break. Morkel was eventually rewarded for a probing spell after tea as Jennings wafted flat-footed to be caught behind.

Worcestershire's Moeen, started the second day of the first Test with 1988 runs and 98 wickets at this level.

"It was a nice feeling getting that call back [after the over-turned stumping] when you know you've made a glaring error like that", said Root.

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