Re­mov­ing Root

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT -

A ma­jor turn­ing point on Satur­day af­ter­noon – Joe Root was mag­nif­i­cent, ap­ply­ing pres­sure back onto the South Africans af­ter the early loss of the open­ers. Such was the na­ture of his at­tack that while he was at the crease, Eng­land looked like they would at least equal South Africa’s first in­nings to­tal. But Morkel, al­ready in the midst of a lengthy spell, went for one more over, in­duc­ing a false drive, with De Kock tak­ing a fine catch. It changed the course of Eng­land’s in­nings, they col­lapsed – los­ing their last six wick­ets for 62 runs. That 130-run lead for the South Africans was im­mense.

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