Proteas stand firm in Nottingham

14 July 2017 08:18:15 EST

South Africa have battled well in the first session of the first day's play of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge, reaching 56-1 by lunch.

The Proteas, looking to rebound after losing the first Test of four by 211 runs at Lord's, won the toss in Nottingham and opted to bat first under cloudy skies, having made three changes, which included the return of skipper Faf du Plessis.

South Africa have done okay so far and I think they made the right call to bat.

Michael Vaughan

Openers Dean Elgar and Heino Kuhn were heavily tested by the England seam attack in the opening overs and the former fell to James Anderson with 18 on the board.

Elgar had six to his name when he edged a drive which flew towards gully, where Liam Dawson dived away to his right to take a fine catch.

Kuhn, playing in his first series as a Test player, survived being struck on the head by Mark Wood to be unbeaten on 34 at the interval, having struck seven boundaries from 76 balls faced.

He had been joined by Hasim Amla, who survived a review for LBW to be 16 not out at lunch, having hit three fours.

South Africa are now 1/1 to win the match in Nottingham, with the draw 1/1 and an England victory 1/1.

And former England captain Michael Vaughan believes the tourists have have toughed it out well in the first session of the match and made the right decision at the toss.

He told listeners to BBC Test Match Special: "South Africa have done okay so far and I think they made the right call to bat.

"You could get some uneven bounce on days three and four. It was a tough call at the toss, but I would have batted."

View all Cricket betting