England v/s South Africa

Pauline Gross
July 16, 2017

Asked how many more runs South Africa may need to put this match beyond England, he said: "The wicket has a bit of juice in it, a bit of seam.so depending on overhead conditions, 200 could be enough on the right day".

The wounds are mostly figurative, although Kagiso Rabada has absented himself from the second Test after a salty outburst at Lord's led to him accumulating a fourth demerit point.

Alastair Cook dropped a sharp chance at slip with Amla on 56 but to the first ball after tea the former captain snapped up De Kock off Broad for a lively 68 from 81 balls.

England have a 1-0 lead after a performance at Lord's where they barely needed to get out of third gear.

But a record like that coupled to the fact that when being made part of a 6-man bowling attack the pressure of his off-spin is surely relieved somewhat, is surely a big plus for England.

South Africa's opening stands at Lord's were 10 and 12, and it would be no surprise to see Hashim Amla striding to the crease early in the first innings here.

The past two days used to be called an even contest, bat versus ball, the very basis of Test match cricket but over time with the demands of broadcasters and accountants it became imperative for a match to last the full duration regardless of result or quality. But it will only be hundreds and (to an extent) fifties that determine how long Ballance remains in the team.

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"Gary is not a natural No.3 but he has to make it work for him to stay in this England team to make sure he is still in the mix when the side arrives in Australia". Kuhn faced 42 balls for two single-figure scores at Lord's, undone by a ideal Stuart Broad delivery in the first innings and perhaps a little unlucky to edge James Anderson down the leg side second time out.

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England have not won any of their past three series, taking victory in only four of 13 Tests along the way.

He went to his half-century four balls before lunch with another back foot stroke for four off Keshav Maharaj. However, they had some positives to take away from the first test, and with the return of Du Plessis for the second one, the Proteas will be gunning to reverse their fortunes.

Of course, it was not remotely as devastating or historic as his 8-15 against the Aussies two years ago, the previous Test in Nottingham. The forecast is generally clear throughout the Test, although temperatures may be on the cooler side. Since England and South Africa first met in March 1889 in Port Elizabeth their meetings - and non-meetings - have provided some of the most memorable episodes in cricket history.

But it's still some way short of South African top-orders of recent vintage where you had Graeme Smith at the top, and then Amla in his pomp, Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers.

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