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England vs South Africa 2nd Test, Day 2

England vs South Africa 2nd Test, Day 2

And it really would take a comeback of epic proportions from England to throw this contest wide open again.

Anderson is unsurprisingly the only player from any nation to reach that landmark in Tests played in England and Wales.

Essentially, you have here the ideal combination of ground, team, and lower-order player to produce the desired result.

"Gary is now in a mental battle", said England's 2005 Ashes-winning captain.

The Yorkshireman's efforts with the bat could not be faulted after his brilliant 78 from 76 balls helped his side rebuild from the precarious position of three for two five overs into their reply.

But they were two rare highlights on a grim day for Root's men, leaving the new skipper facing his first real test in the job as he bids to turn the tide in the second of four matches between the sides.

His technique dictates that he so likely to be trapped on the crease coming forward, as he was in the first innings at Lord's, that all top fast bowlers seem able to set him up for doing so.

He can not be blamed, though, when so many others around him failed.




Yorkshire pair Root and Jonny Bairstow looked more assured and Root sped to his 50 off just 40 balls, with nine counter-attacking boundaries. If it does nip around early then Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, the openers, are vulnerable.

Wood knows England have the likes of Chris Woakes and Jake Ball returning to fitness, which will put his place under pressure later in the series. "He's had a couple of injury issues over the a year ago, and he's being smart with the way he practises". 'Maybe we went for one shot too many'.

Starting today though they need wickets, quickly and a decent rearguard action from all else it is 1-1 in the series and game on for the final two Test matches.

England have named an unchanged team for the second Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge on Friday.

The veteran Lancashire paceman finished the first innings with figures of 5-72, removing Philander in the first over of the day before South Africa could add to their overnight score of 309-6 and following that up with the dismissals of Keshav Maharaj, Morris and Morne Morkel.

Anderson struck with just his fifth delivery of the day after England had convinced the umpires a ball change was necessary as Vernon Philander (54) poked a back-of-a-length ball to Liam Dawson, breaking his stubborn seventh-wicket stand of 74 with Chris Morris.

Anderson then proceeded to bamboozle Maharaj with a mix of outswingers and inswingers. Yes, South Africa look weak - arguably as weak as at any stage since readmission - and have greater questions to answer, but I'm not about to steam in to England at prices approaching 1/2 here when they went off evens last week.


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