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Not­ting­ham, UK - Keshav Ma­haraj (3-21) and Chris Mor­ris (3-28) shared six wick­ets as South Africa made light of Kag­iso Rabada's ab­sence to es­tab­lish a com­mand­ing po­si­tion against Eng­land in the sec­ond Test at Trent Bridge on Satur­day.

The Proteas were 75 for one in their sec­ond in­nings at stumps on the sec­ond day - al­ready an over­all lead of 205 runs.

Dean El­gar was 38 not out and Hashim Amla 23 not out.

South Africa saw James An­der­son, Eng­land's all-time lead­ing Test wicket-taker, cap­ture its last four first-in­nings wick­ets for four runs in 16 balls as it slumped from an overnight 309 for six to 335 all out.

But it in turn skit­tled out Eng­land for 205, with left-arm spin­ner Ma­haraj and re­called all­rounder Mor­ris do­ing the ma­jor dam­age.

South Africa's per­for­mance was all the more im­pres­sive as fast bowler Rabada had been banned from this match as a re­sult of swear­ing at Eng­land all­rounder Ben Stokes dur­ing the hosts' 211-run win at Lord's last week that put them 1-0 up in the four-match se­ries.

Eng­land captain Joe Root top-scored with 78, hav­ing made 190 in his first in­nings as skip­per at Lord's. His York­shire team-mates Jonny Bairstow (45) and Gary Bal­lance (27) were the only other Eng­land bats­men to pass 18 on Satur­day.

Eng­land's lack of top-or­der Test runs has long been a prob­lem and No 4 Root came in fac­ing an all-too fa­mil­iar re­pair job at three for two.

Alas­tair Cook (3) was caught be­hind when he got an in­side edge to Ver­non Phi­lan­der's in­swinger, the for­mer captain out on re­view. Next ball, Cook's fel­low left-handed opener Keaton Jen­nings fell for a duck.

The South Africa-born bats­man was un­done by a bril­liant Morne Morkel de­liv­ery from around the wicket that cut away off the pitch and took an edge be­hind the stumps.

Root counter-at­tacked by hit­ting Phi­lan­der for three fours in an over. At lunch, Root and Bal- lance, 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 in­ter­val score of 26 not out when the left-han­der played on to Phi­lan­der.

The tow­er­ing Morkel then had Root edg­ing a drive and de Kock, div­ing in front of first slip, held an ex­cel­lent catch. It was the end of Root's 76-ball in­nings, fea­tur­ing 12 fours, with Eng­land now 143 for four.

Ma­haraj had Stokes caught be­hind for a duck be­fore bowl­ing Bairstow with a clas­sic left-arm spin­ner's de­liv­ery that drifted in and then turned to hit off stump.

Eng­land lost three wick­ets on 199, with pace­man Mor­ris tak­ing two in two balls.

In what ap­peared to be a pre­planned move, he bowled a slower ball out­side off stump to Moeen Ali, who duly lofted a drive to point where South Africa captain Faf du Plessis glee­fully held the catch.

Stu­art Broad was then lbw for a golden duck on his Not­ting­hamshire home ground, although it needed a re­view to con­firm his dis­missal. Wood sur­vived the hat-trick but Mor­ris dis­missed him shortly af­ter­wards to wrap up the in­nings.

An­der­son had strug­gling opener Heino Kuhn caught in the slips by Root be­fore El­gar and Amla, who made 78 on Fri­day, pressed home the Proteas' ad­van­tage with an un­bro­ken stand of 57.

This match has so far been a vin­di­ca­tion of du Plessis' bold de­ci­sion to bat first on win­ning the toss, with de Kock (68) and Phi­lan­der, out to An­der­son's fifth ball Satur­day, also mak­ing valu­able fifties.

Trent Bridge is renowned for aid­ing swing bowlers such as An­der­son, whose first-in­nings haul of five for 72 meant that seven of his 22 Test 'five-fors' had come on the Not­ting­ham ground.


South Africa's Chris Mor­ris cel­e­brates tak­ing the wicket of Eng­land's Mark Wood on Satur­day

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