Root falls as Eng­land col­lapse in sec­ond Test

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South Africa cap­tured the prize wicket of Eng­land cap­tain Joe Root as they seized the ini­tia­tive on the sec­ond day of the sec­ond Test at Trent Bridge yes­ter­day. At tea, Eng­land were 184 for six in re­ply to South Africa’s first in­nings 335 — still a deficit of 151 runs. Moeen Ali was 14 not out and Liam Daw­son two not af­ter Root, in his sec­ond match as Eng­land cap­tain, had fallen for a fine 78 on a day when bats­men on both sides strug­gled in the over­cast con­di­tions.

South Africa were with­out fast bowler Kag­iso Rababa, sus­pended from this match af­ter swear­ing at Ben Stokes dur­ing Eng­land’s 211-run win in the first of the four-match se­ries at Lord’s last week. But af­ter Morne Morkel re­moved Root, left-arm spin­ner Ke­shav Ma­haraj took two wick­ets for five runs in 11 balls, with Stokes out for a 12-ball duck and dan­ger­man Jonny Bairstow fall­ing for 45.

South Africa, 309 for six overnight, lost their last four wick­ets for 26 runs in 6.2 overs. James An­der­son, Eng­land’s all-time lead­ing Test wick­et­taker, did the dam­age with a burst of four wick­ets for four runs in 16 balls. But Eng­land then slumped to three for two in re­ply. For­mer skip­per Alastair Cook was caught be­hind for three when he got an in­side edge to Ver­non Phi­lan­der’s in­swinger, al­though South Africa had to re­view Aus­tralian um­pire Si­mon Fry’s not out de­ci­sion. Next ball, Cook’s fel­low left-handed opener Keaton Jen­nings fell for a duck. The South Africa-born bats­man was un­done by a bril­liant Morkel de­liv­ery from around the wicket that cut away off the pitch and took an edge safely held by wicket-keeper Quin­ton de Kock-who played in the same Jo­han­nes­burg school side as Jen­nings.

ROOT COUNTER-AT­TACKS

Root, who made 190 in his first in­nings as Eng­land cap­tain at Lord’s, counter-at­tacked by hit­ting Phi­lan­der for three fours in an over. And at lunch he and York­shire team-mate Gary Bal­lance, des­per­ate to nail down his Test place af­ter be­ing re­called at Lord’s, had taken Eng­land to 85 for two. Bal­lance, how­ever, had added just one to his lunch score of 26 not out when the left-han­der played on to Phi­lan­der. The tow­er­ing Morkel then had Root edg­ing an in­tended drive and de Kock, div­ing in front of first slip, held an ex­cel­lent catch. It was the end of Root’s im­pres­sive 76-ball in­nings, fea­tur­ing 12 fours, with Eng­land now 143 for four. De Kock was in­volved again when hold­ing a jug­gling catch af­ter Stokes in­side-edged Ma­haraj onto this pad.

It took an age for Stokes to fi­nally be given out as the um­pires checked to see if the ball had made any con­tact with de Kock’s hel­met-which would have seen the wicket chalked off.

Ali got off the mark first ball with a slog-sweep four off Ma­haraj. But Ma­haraj bowled Bairstow with a ball that drifted in and then turned to hit off stump-a clas­sic left-arm spin­ner’s wicket. Be­fore play started on Satur­day, Eng­land per­suaded the um­pires to change what they be­lieved to be an out of shape ball, with the flood­lights al­ready switched on.

It was a move that paid div­i­dends just five balls into the day’s play when, with­out an­other run added, Phi­lan­der fell for his overnight 54, caught in the cov­ers from a lead­ing edge off An­der­son. Trent Bridge is renowned for aid­ing swing bowlers such as the 34-year-old An­der­son, whose over­all re­turn of five for 72 in 23.2 overs was the 22nd time he’d taken five or more wick­ets in a Test in­nings and his sev­enth such haul at the Not­ting­ham ground. — AFP

NOT­TING­HAM: South Africa’s Chris Mor­ris (R) cel­e­brates tak­ing the wicket of Eng­land’s Mark Wood (L) for 6 runs on the sec­ond day of the sec­ond Test match be­tween Eng­land and South Africa at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Not­ting­ham, cen­tral Eng­land yes­ter­day. — AFP

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