South Africa in charge of 2nd test after tumultuous Day 2

South Africa in charge of 2nd test after tumultuous Day 2

South Africa in charge of 2nd test after tumultuous Day 2

At Stumps on Day 3, England scored one run without losing a wicket and it would require an improved batting performance, compared to their first innings where they were bowled out for 205, to save the Test match. However, that will be an uphill task for the hosts as the highest target they have ever chased successfully in a Test match is 332 and that was in Melbourne in 1928. The chances of it happening on a pitch beginning to misbehave with some uneven bounce are minimal.

He is only one match into his Test career but already Heino Kuhn will be acquainted with the gauntlet of life in South Africa's top order.

Also, most of the credit for putting SA in a comfortable position goes to their bowlers, who sent England back Pavilion on Day 2.

Root will have things to ponder before they decamp all square to The Oval for next week's third Test, not least of which stamping his authority on the process of reviews, because yesterday was a shambles.

Elgar made 80 before failing to keep down a short ball from Ben Stokes and then in the next over James Anderson removed the risky Quinton de Kock for just one. It all added to a sense of helplessness as the match drifted away.

England finished 1-0 in their second innings and will nearly certainly lose.

And while Root and his vice-captain largely kept the smiles on their faces - at one point jumping up and down in unison in a comedic turn each time the groundsman thumped at the footholds at the Radcliffe Road End - it was a day to test patience.

In light of South Africa's collapse, Ballance's second innings 34 looks rather better than it did at the time, but he still needs to score to cement his place at number three. Root, England's rookie captain, will doubtless be fielding questions about his use of the system come the postmortem.

After the Lord's success, England's Head Coach Trevor Bayliss said that Cook was certainly more relaxed in his new role.

Liam Dawson has had a disappointing two Tests with both ball and bat, getting a pair at Lord's and just 13 in the first innings here and taking only five wickets.

Joe Root and his team spent almost all day in the field on Sunday as South Africa relentlessly built their lead.

Ben Stokes may feel unlucky after edging Maharaj onto his pads and into the grasp of Quinton de Kock. The review was called and replays showed the ball hitting middle.

Faf du Plessis is the sort of player who sprinkles hard knocks over his cereals in the morning and will be out to inspire a reaction from his wounded side; South Africa have not lost a Test series in England in nearly 20 years and the battle to preserve that record will now intensify.

Next ball, Cook's fellow left-handed opener Keaton Jennings fell for a duck.

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