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England in a spot of bother at Trent Bridge

England in a spot of bother at Trent Bridge

South Africa then extended their lead to 205 with a stumps total of 75 for one, as a curiously serene late passage of play broke the mould and yielded a solitary wicket in a daily tally of 15.

South Africa's performance was all the more impressive as fast bowler Rabada had been banned from this match as a result of swearing at England all-rounder Ben Stokes during the hosts' 211-run win at Lord's last week that put them 1-0 up in this four-match series. "Stuart is excited to get another opportunity to bowl on his home ground".

Newly appointed Test skipper Joe Root had a dream start as he not only performed well with the bat but was also brilliant with his bowling changes. Err... probably not. Having already backed them at that price in the series betting, I'm not going back in after the way they played at headquarters.

That de Kock brings out a more youthful side of Amla is evident in shorter formats, where Amla plays with so much freedom that he has recently been criticised for recklessness.

A resilient rearguard action from South Africa left the second test against England finely balanced despite another successful spell of bowling by paceman Stuart Broad at his home ground of Test Bridge.

"That was a very untypical English wicket and I thought we adapted to it well".

It's that decline in average, which is the major sign that Ballance won't cut it as a Test player and it's why he's unlikely to be on the plane when England set off for Australia later this year. Even so, after England were bowled out in little more than 50 overs, it seems few modern-day cricketers retain the capacity to dig in and bat time.

Can Faf du Plessis inspire South Africa to bounce back? The 33-year-old missed the defeat at Lord's for family reasons but marshalled his bowlers impeccably here, with Chris Morris, who helped snuff out the England tail with three wickets, explaining the impact.

Wood, at least, has happy memories of Trent Bridge.

"It's easy to say what makes him such a good captain: it's just his character". South Africa were shot out for 335, having added only 26 runs in the morning.

Ballance was made Yorkshire captain this northern summer precisely because they didn't expect him to get an England call-up following a nightmare end to 2016 that saw him dragged around India for two months as a non-playing member of the squad after his failures in Bangladesh.

The right-armer could easily have been ignored by Du Plessis after his first three overs leaked 20 runs.

England's leading wicket-taker in the longest form of the game became only the fourth man to achieve the feat when Liam Dawson took an excellent catch at backward point to get rid of Elgar early on the opening day of the second Test in Nottingham. "We'll try and make sure it doesn't happen again".