Dominant South Africa set England 474 to win

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South Africa mercilessly sucked a life out of England on a third day of a second Test during Trent Bridge.

Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis all upheld 50 as a tourists eventually announced on 343-9 in their second innings.

Set 474 to win, England were given 4 overs to tarry during a finish of a day.

Alastair Cook was given out lbw initial ball, though successfully overturned a preference on examination to see a home side tighten on 1-0.

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Cook rightly reviews lbw out preference initial ball

England’s bowling was mostly respectable, with Moeen Ali holding 4-78 and Ben Stokes 2-34.

Their day competence have been improved had a caught-behind interest opposite Amla been reviewed when he was on 25, while Elgar was forsaken by a drifting James Anderson on 55.

Ultimately, Joe Root’s side paid a cost for being bowled out for 205 in their initial innings, and a four-match array is expected to be leveled during 1-1.

England glance down a tub

Following a high of a 211-run feat during Lord’s a week ago, this was a chastening day for England, who have to lift off a Test record run follow if they are to secure an doubtful victory.

The aspect offering reduction assistance to a gait bowlers than a initial dual days, though a home side would not have been gratified to see examples of a turn gripping low late on.

Tactics were spasmodic talented – a off side packaged or leg-side catchers employed for a brief turn – and a bowling wholehearted, even if paceman Mark Wood again looked harmless in 18 wicketless overs.

But many of England’s efforts were detered by a South Africa side who demonstrated all a patience, fortify and focus that eluded a hosts on day two.

Amla leads Proteas’ slave

It was Amla (87) who epitomized South Africa’s relentless accumulation, usually ripping to life during a steer of Liam Dawson, attack a left-arm spinner down a ground.

Still, it was Dawson who private Amla, rightly reviewing a deserted lbw interest after a right-hander modernized down a pitch.

Elgar (80) progressing common a mount of 135 with Amla, though a left-hander showed no good fluency before he was bounced out by Stokes.

England chipped away, though a compress Du Plessis (63) was another to uncover patience until he was trapped by a Stokes smoothness that scuttled through.

Off-spinner Moeen benefited as a visitors accelerated towards a declaration, claiming his fourth wicket by holding a lapse locate from Vernon Philander (42), who had only hoisted dual large leg-side sixes from unbroken balls.


During this match, Hashim Amla has overtaken AB de Villiers to go third on South Africa’s all-time Test run-scorers’ list (8,157). He is behind Jacques Kallis (13,206) and Graeme Smith (9,253)

More examination problems for England

Root, in his second Test as captain, has gifted problems with a Decision Review System, saying dual referrals squandered on a initial day after vigour from bowlers Stokes and Stuart Broad.

That was substantially a reason for his hostility to use a examination after Broad’s pale interest for an Amla corner behind was rejected. Subsequent replays showed a faintest nick.

In Broad’s following over, Anderson, during gully, leapt high and bearing out his left hand, though unsuccessful to adhere on to a possibility offering by Elgar.

Later, Cook was scold to plea when given out leg before to Morne Morkel, with a ball-tracker suggesting it was going over a tip of a stumps,

Still, he and opening partner Keaton Jennings any had a serve interest to tarry in a contrast duration before a close.

‘We have dual days to hit them off’ – what they said

England bowling manager Ottis Gibson: “It is a good diversion to win from here. You have to give a lot of credit to South Africa. There was a lot of impression shown not only by a bowling section though a fielders.

“The captain pronounced he wanted people to step adult and Anderson came in and led unequivocally good this morning. Wood has not got any wickets though bowled unequivocally good in rags entrance off a behind of a prolonged lay-off and Stokes was illusory today.

“It has been a really tough integrate of days though we have dual days to make 474.”


Ben Stokes went for only 34 runs in his 20 overs, also holding a pivotal wickets of Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis

Ex-England batsman Ed Smith: “The groundsman here during Trent Bridge reckons a representation will get agree a some-more a object comes out. Let’s wish for England’s consequence he is correct.

“There were some meaningful signs late on with Vernon Philander overhanging a turn round though England battled by a terrible duration though loss.”

Former England spinner Graeme Swann: “England should be meditative they can follow this. Joe Root is a certain kid and will consider it’s chaseable. we played in a diversion where India chased 380-4 opposite us in Chennai.

“Joe has really small captaincy knowledge though in a diversion where he led Yorkshire, Middlesex knocked off 480. we consider Hampshire did something identical to him too. He’ll be meditative if they can do it to my team, I’ll do it to somebody else’s.”