Proteas take control in Test

15 July 2017 14:17:50 EST

South Africa have taken a firm grip on the second Test at Trent Bridge after another England batting collapse.

South Africa finished the second day in Nottingham on 75-1 in their second innings, a lead of 205 after they dismissed England for the same amount, 205.

We are up against it but we will dust ourselves down and try to get back in the game.

James Anderson

The second day started well for England. South Africa, in their first innings resumed on 309-6 but lost their last four wickets for just 26 more runs, James Anderson taking all four of those wickets to end with figures of 5-72.

England lost both openers before lunch but Joe Root together with Yorkshire colleagues Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow looked to steady the innings.

Root made 78 and Bairstow 45 but England collapsed from 143-3 to 205 all out to give South Africa what looked a decisive lead of 130.

Chris Morris and Keshav Maharaj both took three wickets with Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel taking two apiece.

England took one wicket on the second evening, Heino Kuhn edging an Anderson delivery to Root at second slip.

However, Dean Elgar, 38 and Hashim Amla, 23, saw them safely through to the close and they will resume on the third morning, looking to pile on the runs and bat England out of the Test.

Few in England's side can look back on the day with satisfaction though Anderson bowled well and he admitted afterwards that his team have much to do to fight their way back into the match.

He told the BBC: "We are in a tricky position. It was not a great day for us. We did well to bowl them out for 350 but didn't get it right with the bat.

"We are up against it but we will dust ourselves down and try to get back in the game. They batted well in the final session. Elgar and Amla are world class players."

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

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