England staring down the barrel

16 July 2017 14:35:54 EST

South Africa have left England facing a monstrous task of chasing down 474 runs on day four of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

The Proteas declared on 343-9 in their second innings, Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis all having posted half-centuries on Sunday.

England were given four overs to survive at the end of the day, and were almost staring further into the abyss when Alastair Cook was given out lbw first ball, only for the decision to be successfully overturned on review.

There were further tight lbw shouts against both Cook and Keaton Jennings but the pair stood firm and will resume on day four with England 1-0 and needing another 473.

The home side had their bowling led by Moeen Ali taking 4-78 and Ben Stokes 2-34.

England may have found their task easier had a caught-behind appeal against Amla been reviewed when he was on 25, while Elgar was dropped by a flying James Anderson on 55.

The home side are however paying a costly price for being bowled out for 205 in their first innings, and the four-match series now seems destined to be levelled at 1-1.

England are 1/1 to win, with South Africa 1/1 and the draw 1/1.

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