Phi­lan­der leads S Africa rout of Eng­land

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Ver­non Phi­lan­der led a fine all­round bowl­ing ef­fort as South Africa thrashed Eng­land by 340 runs in the sec­ond Test at Trent Bridge yes­ter­day. Vic­tory saw the Proteas level the four-match se­ries at 1-1 af­ter they them­selves had been well beaten by 211 runs in the first Test at Lord’s. Eng­land, set a mam­moth 474 runs for vic­tory, col­lapsed to 133 all out 40 min­utes be­fore tea on the fourth day.

Man-of-the-match Phi­lan­der took three wick­ets for 24 runs in 10 overs, in­clud­ing an early dou­ble strike. That gave him five wick­ets in to­tal in a match where he also made scores of 54 and 42 with the bat. No Eng­land bats­man made a fifty in a sec­ond in­nings where for­mer cap­tain Alas­tair Cook’s 42 was the top score.

The most made by any side to win in the fourth in­nings of a Test is the West Indies’ 418 for seven against Aus­tralia at St John’s in 2003. But the more im­me­di­ate task for Eng­land yes­ter­day was to see if they could at least keep South Africa in the field. They failed mis­er­ably, the hosts bowled out in 44.2 overs de­spite South Africa be­ing without Kag­iso Rabada af­ter the fast bowler was sus­pended for swear­ing at Eng­land’s Ben Stokes at Lord’s.

‘BET­TER BA­SICS’

A sign of the dif­fer­ence in bat­ting ap­pli­ca­tion be­tween the teams was that South Africa’s first in­nings 335 lasted 96.2 overs, while Eng­land were bowled out twice in 96.1 overs. “We did our ba­sics a lot bet­ter, put Eng­land un­der pres­sure for longer pe­ri­ods in the game,” South Africa cap­tain Faf du Plessis, who did not play at Lord’s fol­low­ing the birth of his first child, told Sky Sports.

Mean­while a de­lighted Phi­lan­der said: “All the se­nior play­ers put their hand up and made it easy for us. “Com­ing into the Test I was a bit cold, but I got my groove go­ing and I’m feel­ing a lot bet­ter.” For Eng­land cap­tain Joe Root this chas­ten­ing de­feat, the hosts’ first loss in eight Tests at Trent Bridge, was in marked con­trast to his first match as skip­per at Lord’s. “We weren’t good enough with the bat for the whole game,” he said. Eng­land re­sumed with Cook and fel­low left-handed opener Jen­nings both un­beaten on nought. Phi­lan­der, renowned for his abil­ity to move the ball at a lively fast-medium pace, had a wicket with just his fifth ball yes­ter­day.

South Africa-born Jen­nings (three) was un­done by a nip back de­liv­ery that up­rooted his off stump. Gary Bal­lance, in his third stint of Test cricket and un­der huge pres­sure for his place, was then lbw to Phi­lan­der on re­view for four.

Phi­lan­der had taken two for eight in 19 balls, with Root once more com­ing in af­ter a top-or­der slump. Root had made 190 in his first in­nings as cap­tain at Lord’s and top-scored with 78 in their mea­gre first in­nings 205 this match.

But he fell cheaply yes­ter­day, Chris Mor­ris pro­duc­ing an ex­cel­lent yorker to knock over the York­shire­man’s off-stump. Cook’s near two-hour in­nings ended when he was beaten for pace by a well-di­rected Mor­ris bouncer and gloved down the leg­side, where wicket-keeper Quin­ton de Kock held a fine catch. It meant Mor­ris had taken two for two in 20 balls, with Cook’s exit the cue for Eng­land to lose their last seven wick­ets for just 61 runs. Only last year Stokes (258) and Jonny Bairstow (150 not out) shared a stun­ning part­ner­ship of 399 against South Africa at Cape Town.

‘DUMB BAT­TING’

But their stand on Mon­day was worth just 12 when Bairstow (16) dragged an in­tended drive off left-arm spin­ner Ke­shav Ma­haraj straight to mid-on. “I can’t be­lieve I have seen that,” said an­gry for­mer Eng­land cap­tain Michael Vaughan, com­men­tat­ing on BBC Ra­dio’s Test Match Spe­cial.

“All you need to do is dan­gle the car­rot and they’ll go for it. Dumb bat­ting! What is he think­ing?” Moeen Ali hit six fours in his 27 be­fore he too made a present of his wicket to Ma­haraj, sweep­ing the spin­ner straight to square leg. Stokes at least gutsed it out for more than an hour while mak­ing 18 be­fore he was caught and bowled off a low checked drive by Phi­lan­der.

Eng­land lost their last three wick­ets on 133, pace­man Duanne Olivier-only play­ing be­cause Rabada was banned-end­ing the match when he dis­missed Mark Wood and James An­der­son with suc­ces­sive deliveries. The se­ries con­tin­ues at The Oval on July 27. — AFP

NOT­TING­HAM: South Africa’s Quin­ton de Kock (L) ap­peals for the wicket of Eng­land’s Moeen Ali (R) on the fourth 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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