England desperate for breakthrough

14 July 2017 11:06:06 EST

England will begin the evening session at Trent Bridge desperate for wickets after South Africa batted themselves into a good position at tea.

The Proteas are 179-2 at the interval on the first day of the second Test at Nottingham.

Having lost an early wicket in the afternoon, the partnership of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock has put them into a good position, justifying their decision to bat first.

The afternoon session began with South Africa 56-1 and, after winning the toss and deciding to bat, despite bowler-friendly conditions, they reached lunch having lost just the one wicket, Dean Elgar falling to a brilliant catch from Liam Dawson off the bowling of James Anderson.

Heino Kuhn and Hashim Amla took them into the afternoon but soon after the restart, England got the breakthrough they were looking for, Kuhn being clean bowled by Stuart Broad for 34.

That brought De Kock to the crease and he and Amla batted well for the rest of the session, forging a impressive partnership.

Ben Stokes went closest to a third wicket, getting Amla to edge behind but Alastair Cook at first slip couldn't quite get his hands underneath a ball that only just carried.

It proved a costly miss and the pair celebrated their 100 partnership just before tea and then reached the interval with Amla on 65 not out and De Kock undefeated on 68.

Together they will hope to bat on and build on their side's confident start to the second Test having been so soundly beaten at Lord's a few days ago.

England are 1/1 to win the second Test with South Africa priced at 1/1 to level the series. The draw is 1/1.

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