England ratings: Bits and pieces players do not last long in Tests

Straight bat Alastair Cook remains a talented cricketer

Straight bat Alastair Cook remains a talented cricketer

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.

Monday proved to be the flawless day for South Africa's bowlers as Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj took three wickets apiece whilst Duanne Olivier and Chris Morris shared the other four wickets evenly.

Defeat was Joe Root's first as captain in his second game in charge, and England's eighth loss in 13 matches.

South Africa took England's last three wickets for no runs in four balls, hammering home its big victory and completing a dramatic turnaround in the series after the Proteas were the ones who appeared vulnerable in the first test.

South Africa needed little more than 40 overs to take all 10 wickets on Day 4 as England succumbed at Trent Bridge, all out for 133 in its second innings facing an nearly insurmountable target of 474. No England batsman made a fifty in an innings where former captain Alastair Cook's 42 was the top score. Going into that Test I was a bit cold with the ankle injury that I sustained playing for Sussex. "That wasn't a fair representation of how good we are as a team".

England resumed with Cook and fellow left-handed opener Jennings both unbeaten on nought. He started by removing Vernon Philander (54) in the first over of the day and finished with a caught and bowled to remove Chris Morris for 36.

Philander had taken two for eight in 19 balls, with Root once more coming in after a top-order slump. 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. "I can't believe I have seen that", said angry former England captain Michael Vaughan, commentating on BBC Radio's Test Match Special.

"We'll sit down with selection and make sure we're happy with what we have going into the next one".

Maharaj on the other hand was to claim the wickets of Jonny Bairstow for 16 and Ali, who had looked good for his 27, caught sweeping at square leg by Heino Kuhn.

The two teams pitch up at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, today for day one of the second Test. England have not lost a Test at Trent Bridge for 10 years and will be eager to get their seam attack of Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson and Mark Wood into the visitors early on.

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