Fluent Root sparkles for England

15 July 2017 08:24:14 EST

Skipper Joe Root has led the England fightback on a wicket-laden second morning of the second Test match against South Africa at Trent Bridge.

Having resumed on 309-6 after a hard-fought first day in Nottingham, the Proteas added only 26 more runs for the loss of their last four wickets.

James Anderson claimed all four of those wickets to finish with figures of 5-72, taking his overall test wicket tally to 475.

His first victim was Vernon Philander, who spooned a catch to Liam Dawson at cover after making a very valuable 54, before Anderson dismissed Keshav Maharaj without scoring - with Root taking a smart catch at second slip.

Chris Morris lobbed a return catch to Anderson as he fell for 36 and the innings was all over when Morne Morkel (8) edged through to Jonny Bairstow.

However, the England reply was soon in trouble as openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings were both dismissed cheaply.

Cook (3) was caught behind by Quinton de Kock off the bowling of Philander, before Jennings edged through the wicketkeeper off Morkel, departing without scoring to leave England 3-2.

Yorkshire duo Gary Ballance and captain Root steadied the ship up to lunch, with the latter looking in particularly fluent form in bringing up a half-century.

The hosts were 85-2 at the interval, with Root 52 not out from just 43 balls faced, having struck nine boundaries, while left-hander Ballance was unbeaten on 26.

England are now 1/1 to win the game, with the draw 1/1, while Root is available at 9/1 to go on and bring up a century.

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