|2nd Test, Newlands, Cape Metropolis (day notion to be one of 5):|
|England 262-9:Pope 56*; Pretorius 2-26, Philander 2-46|
|South Africa:But to bat|
England limped to 262-9 after one other defective batting demonstrate against South Africa on day notion to be one of the main 2nd Test in Cape Metropolis.
The pinnacle picture didn’t procedure on decent starts on a appropriate pitch, but England recovered to 185-4 entirely to lose their next 5 wickets for 49 runs.
Ollie Pope made a defiant unbeaten 56 to be distinct his aspect were no longer decrease than no longer bowled out contained within the day at Newlands.
However England will most likely but again depend on their bowlers to end within the match.
The Proteas are 1-0 up within the four-Test sequence.
England throw away solid starts
As soon as but again, England maintain squandered the likelihood of establishing a ambitious total on primarily the most easy day for batting in a Test.
Joe Root looked in elegant touch but changed into once unsettled by the impressive Anrich Nortje and gloved a transient ball within the again of for 35, whereas Joe Denly (38) confirmed endurance – going via 49 consecutive dot balls at one stage – earlier than lacking a straight ball from spinner Keshav Maharaj.
Even then Ben Stokes, on the bottom the place he made a panoramic 258 four years ago, began to place the hosts on the again foot, earlier than tamely chipping a Nortje half-volley straight to additional screen on 47.
Having no longer been busy enough within the fundamental two intervals, England lurched to reckless a****k after tea, Jos Buttler (29) attempting an unconvincing counter-a****k earlier than shuffling one day of to edge a wide offer from Dwaine Pretorius within the again of.
More muddled thinking adopted – Sam Curran shouldered arms to a Pretorius offer that knocked over off stump, Dom Bess edged Philander’s wide first offer with the new ball within the again of for a first-ball duck and Stuart Extensive bought his bat caught in his pads to play no shot to a Rabada yorker.
Pope, who replaced Jonny Bairstow after lacking the fundamental Test via illness, changed into once moreover responsible of flaying loosely but attacked more shrewdly when joined by last man James Anderson, twice ramping Rabada over the keeper and crunching him over mid-off and mid-on for welcome boundaries.
He changed into once caught hooking but changed into once reprieved as Rabada had overstepped, and must are trying to be capable to add to his 28-walk partnership with Anderson for the last wicket on day two in picture to present England an even bigger total to bowl at.
Skilled South Africa make a selection advantage
For the total England batting errors, South Africa’s bowlers confirmed impressive skill to chip away on the vacationers.
Vernon Philander plight the tone with a controlled opening spell, probing away upright exterior off stump and tormenting Zak Crawley,having fun with as an different of the injured Rory Burns,with the England opener caught within the again of for four.
Dom Sibley played sensibly and left properly but changed into once undone by fending at a Rabada offer that lifted and caught the surface edge via to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.
Nortje discovered he could well extract more jump from the surface with unpleasant-seam balls, even when pitching it up, and had Root dropped in the beginning accelerate off one earlier than bouncing the England captain out with a fierce 90mph offer two balls later.
Slack left-armer Maharaj tied down one discontinuance beautifully, other than big hits from Stokes, whereas all-rounder Pretorius changed into once primarily the most economical bowler and discovered enough circulation to dupe Buttler and Curran.
While South Africa’s bowling is their strength, if the Proteas batsmen can demonstrate a equally disciplined methodology of their acknowledge – against an England a****k with out injured quick bowler Jofra Archer – they could well clutch a doubtlessly decisive first-innings lead.
‘Very no longer actually to expose’ England’s batting – what they mentioned
Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew:“There just isn’t any hiding from the fact that this changed into once a extraordinarily disappointing day for England. For too prolonged, England’s batting hasn’t produced what it would procedure.
“Now not just like the fundamental Test, there are no excuses for England for this underwhelming performance. It be very no longer actually to hunt down one thing to expose it.
“It would now be for the bowlers to set them within the game. South Africa’s batting line-up is as unpredictable as England, but with out Archer they’re lacking tempo.”
England batsman Ollie Pope told BBC Test Match Special:“You procedure no longer in spite of every thing know how the wicket is unless each teams bowl on it.
“Who’s aware of? We are going to accumulate out plenty more the next day. We maintain bought runs on the board and if we are able to expose what there is within the wicket then I’m definite we are going to be in a appropriate plight.”
Frail England bowler Graham Onions on The Cricket Social:“England wished someone to fling big – and to boot they didn’t. That’s primarily the most disappointing thing for me. Why procedure they set coming into into and set getting out?
“That new ball goes to be in spite of every thing significant for England the next day.”