South Africa beat England by 340 runs

Postado Julho 18, 2017

South Africa cut short Joe Root's honeymoon as England captain with an emphatic 340-run win in the second test on Monday, leveling the four-match series and shifting the pressure onto the home team and its rookie skipper. England, set a mammoth 474 runs for victory, collapsed to 133 all out in their second innings 40 minutes before tea on the fourth day. But the more immediate task for England yesterday was to see if they could at least keep South Africa in the field. With the bat, he played beautifully in the first innings, then was beaten by a good ball today. Meanwhile a delighted Philander said: "All the senior players put their hand up and made it easy for us". Going into that Test I was a bit cold with the ankle injury that I sustained playing for Sussex.

This match will be England's first Test at Trent Bridge since their stunning Ashes-clinching success two years ago, when Stuart Broad took a remarkable eight for 15 on his Nottinghamshire home ground as Australia were bowled out for just 60 on the first morning. We weren't good enough with the bat for the whole game.

Gary Ballance 4 Undone twice by Vernon Philander.

Philander had taken two for eight in 19 balls, with Root once more coming in after a top-order slump. But he fell cheaply yesterday, Chris Morris producing an excellent yorker to knock over the Yorkshireman's off-stump.

Cook took desperate defensive action‚ and the looping chance he gloved was stunningly caught one-handed by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock diving far to his right.

The hosts fell away alarmingly after the interval when Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali surrendered their wickets to poor shots while Philander removed the risky Ben Stokes with the sharpest of return catches.

Jonny Bairstow 6 His wicketkeeping has looked sharp, but...

The final indignity came when Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Jimmy Anderson all fell on 133, leaving former England captain Michael Vaughan to post on Twitter, "This is absolutely bad". Once you get the rhythm going, you need to make the most of it. "Dumb batting! What is he thinking?"

Seamer James Anderson's blistering spell of 4-4 meant England wrapped up the South African tail in just 6.2 overs, with Anderson taking the last four wickets for figures of 5-72. The series continues at The Oval on July 27.