England wilt at Trent Bridge

15 July 2017 11:01:04 EST
Quinton de Kock

England were rebuilding under Joe Root but they lost four wickets in the afternoon session at Trent Bridge and are in trouble in the second Test.

The home side reached tea on the second day in Nottingham on 184-6, still 151 runs behind South Africa with just four wickets remaining.

There have been two wickets apiece for the South African bowlers Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Keshav Maharaj and they go into the tea interval hopeful of a swift end to the England innings.

England had hope whilst Joe Root was at the crease but, after he was out for 78, England struggled and now rely on a good evening session to get back into the match.

Starting the afternoon session on 85-2 in reply to South Africa's 335 all out, England soon lost their third wicket, Gary Ballance adding just a single to his lunchtime 26 before falling, clean bowled by Philander.

He was replaced by Yorkshire colleague Jonny Bairstow who, together with Root took the score onto 143 before the skipper's innings came to an end, Quinton de Kock taking a diving catch to dismiss Root off the bowling of Morkel.

Bairstow survived a review but it was Stokes next to go, becoming the fifth wicket, an inside edge off the bowling of Maharaj coming off his pad and into the gloves of De Kock.

So, England were in trouble at 168-5, well short of the Proteas total and Bairstow went just before tea, making 45 before a ball from Maharaj went past the outside edge and into the stumps.

Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson were the not out batsmen at the interval, on 14 and 2 respectively and they will hope to build a partnership after tea to get England within sight of the South Africa total.

England are 1/1 to win the match with South Africa 1/1 to tie the series at 1-1. A drawn Test is priced at 1/1.

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