Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Root praises Cook after England Test win

Root praises Cook after England Test win

Keshav Maharaj and Chris Morris were at the centre of South Africa's sensational comeback in the day, sharing three wickets apiece.

His Yorkshire team-mates Jonny Bairstow (45) and Gary Ballance (27) were the only other England batsmen to pass 18 on Saturday.

England were 85/2 at lunch on the second day in reply to South Africa's first innings of 335.

England head to Nottingham with a 1-0 lead having beating the Proteas by 211 runs inside four days in the series opener at Lord's.

"It gives us a great balance if spin does come into it later in the game, but it might be that our seamers play a bigger part this week and that excites me".

England's top order failed - again - on the first morning, and the lunchtime 82-4 could have been even worse given the let-offs Root had before he had got going in his ultimately match-defining 190. South Africa won the toss, batted reasonably well but bowled superbly.

England, however, lost eight Tests a year ago and Root is wary of letting complacency creep in.

'The real test will come when he's faced with a flat pitch, with no lateral movement or variable bounce.

England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker finished with overall figures of five for 72 in 23.2 overs - Anderson's 22nd haul of five or more wickets in a Test innings and seventh at Trent Bridge. Morkel eventually ended an eight over spell that went for 26 runs with that wicket of Root reward for some disciplined work. The onus is on England now, let's see how they cope with the overcast conditions and South Africa's new ball bowlers. Cook got an inside edge to an inswinger from Philander that was missed by the on-field umpire when he ruled not-out to a caught-behind appeal.

It was a roller-coaster day, though, and South Africa took command only in the final session.

Keaton Jennings is doing little to confirm himself as Cook's long-term opening partner and he nicked Morne Morkel to De Kock for a duck.

Root scored a counter-attacking half-century to help England recover from the early blows.

Transformation is created to cope with the legacy of apartheid, when largely only white players such as Pollock, one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, were allowed to play for official South Africa sides.

He closed off the innings with Morkel's scalp to finish with his second fifer at Trent Bridge. Ben Stokes may feel unlucky after edging Maharaj onto his pads and into the grasp of Quinton de Kock.

Elgar and Amla, who made 78 on Friday, pressed home the advantage with an unbroken stand of 57 after Heino Kuhn fell cheaply. From South Africa's perspective, they will bat for as long as possible on Day Three and try to push England completely out of the game.

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