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South Africa wins toss and bats 1st in 2nd test vs. England

16 July 2017, 05:39 | Darnell Patrick

South Africa wins toss and bats 1st in 2nd test vs. England

WATCH: Vernon Philander vs Chris Morris! South African quickies produce best dismissals of 2nd Test

But it could have been very different.

South Africa have dropped JP Duminy for the second Test against England at Trent Bridge on Friday, captain Faf du Plessis has confirmed.

James Anderson did all the damage in a burst of four wickets for four runs in 16 balls.

New captain Joe Root is determined to ensure England maintain higher standards for longer. That could well be the difference between the two sides at the end of the series and it is an issue South Africa need to address but they don't need to labour the point with de Kock just yet.

THIS is Rahkeem Cornwall - the HUGE West Indian cricketer who makes pie-eating keeper Wayne Shaw look small. Yes, South Africa look weak - arguably as weak as at any stage since readmission - and have greater questions to answer, but I'm not about to steam in to England at prices approaching 1/2 here when they went off evens last week. So has Broad, taking 8-15 as Australia were dismissed for 60 two years ago.

Next ball, Cook's fellow left-handed opener Keaton Jennings fell for a duck.

The decision, slightly risky with cloud cover overhead, suited England with captain Joe Root saying he wanted to bowl first anyway at Trent Bridge.

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It was a fearless fighting effort from Root but England needed more than a cameo, as his team-mates failed to support him.

After Ben Stokes departed cheaply, Jonny Bairstow (45) took England in sight of 200 before falling to a wonderful delivery from Maharaj which pitched on middle and took out off stump. Moeen Ali bats at seven but then it is Liam Dawson and the bowlers. Paul Franks and Ant Botha, Nottinghamshire's assistant coaches, were also involved - the England camp like to provide opportunities for county coaches to learn from their methods and provide some fresh views as appropriate - while Nottinghamshire's young batch of seamers (notably the distinctly brisk Jack Blatherwick and Matt Milnes) impressed in the nets. "When I first got into the Durham team I batted at No. 10 and Jon Lewis, the coach at the time, said I was the best No10 since Pele".

He took 4-4 in his 3.2 overs of the morning session, as the floodlights dazzled against the dark grey sky.

All-rounder Morris scored a useful 36 until he made a mess of another shorter one and then Morkel edged behind to give Anderson figures of 5-72.

"Consistency is what we strive for, so we want to make sure we make this start count", said Root.

His technique dictates that he so likely to be trapped on the crease coming forward, as he was in the first innings at Lord's, that all top fast bowlers seem able to set him up for doing so. 'All we can do is come back fighting and try to test their technique as much as we can.

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