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

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

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

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. 'Maybe we went for one shot too many'.

Only two sides have scored 400 or more in first innings during the study period so it might be a risk to back either team for a dominant display with the bat first up.

Struggling for form and confidence and without their key strike bowler, Kagiso Rabada, the last place South Africa wanted to face England this week was Nottingham. "Jimmy knows his body, he's obviously had a couple of injury issues over the course of this year and I think he's just been smart with the way that he practises".

The way they collapsed on the fourth day was worryingly gutless, while if the old adage about fielding being a window into a cricket team's soul is true, then South Africa are in deep trouble after a simply woeful effort at Lord's.

The steady start to their second innings meant South Africa led by 205 runs at the close and England would have been glad to get off and start fresh today.

It's the South Africans who have revived themselves for now after a heavy 211-run loss in the first test at Lord's. In reply, South Africa lost only one wicket and are placed at 75 for 1. His bowling abilities make him an ideal pick for the second test.

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Wood, at least, has happy memories of Trent Bridge. Bowling is the area they can gain an edge over England in, and including either Morris or Phehlukwayo will only strengthen their cause.

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.

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

Former England spinner Graeme Swann, commentating on the BBC's Test Match Special during the second day's play of the second Test at Trent Bridge, said Ballance was only in the team because his "best mate" was captain.

'Root's leadership was impressive at Lord's but I'm not sure he ever needed to do anything out of the ordinary because the bowlers were always in the game, ' Hussain said in a column for the Daily Mail. "He had eight for spit here last time and you could see in his spell after tea when he took two of his wickets that his rhythm was very good".

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.

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