England crumble as South Africa win the second Test by 340 runs to hand Joe Root his first captaincy calamity

Alan Tyers
See ya: Vernon Philander was far too good for Keaton Jennings as South Africa ran riot on the fourth morning - Getty Images Europe

 

3:29PM

Serie-ous business

3:25PM

Vernon Philander is the player of the match

"All disappointed after Lord's, had to stand up here. Got my groove going today and felt good.

"Always enjoy bowling against left-handers.

"Extra seamer allows me to run in more, with more intent.

"Very tough on the first morning, it looked ugly at times but the guys gave us runs to defend to do. An all round special performance."

3:22PM

Faf Du Plessis

"We did the basics a lot better.

Important this week for a lot of the guys to put his performance up for [absent coach] Russell Domingo.

Focus on doing the things we do well. Intensity. We had good periods in the first Test but then let England dominate.

We have never lost momentum since day one.

Heino and Hashim's partnership (first innings) was vital to absorb the pressure.

Best I have seen Morne for a very long time, did not get the wickets he deserved.

Ideally we would have the next Test as soon as possible (rather than nine days off) but some of the guys have had a hard tour and could do with a few days off."

3:18PM

Mike Atherton will do the presentation

Joe Root: "Contrasting emotions. It is all about how we respond, I suppose. Important we stay tight, don't moan. We have to make sure we take the positives out of it and come back strong at The Oval.

"South Africa reacted to the conditions better than we did. Always behind in the game after first innings.

"Want to make sure this does not happen again. I don't think the top three is an area for concern, they just need some runs.

"Tough week for Woody. Cannot fault his efforts. Fitness wise he has come through quite well.

"There is always work to do. Want to make sure we get better and more consistent."

3:15PM

Day five tickets

3:13PM

Twitter reaction

3:10PM

Geoffrey Boycott

England have a one dimensional Test match batting line up as well as a one dimensional one day batting team that only knows how to attack on flat, dry, easy surfaces.

If England do not learn to think and change occasionally they will always keep flattering us with wins and horrible losses.

This Test match was lost on the second afternoon with careless, irresponsible attacking batting. On the third morning James Anderson was interviewed and said England like to bat positively.

Playing positive and attacking cricket sounds great, but does not always get the job done.

I would have liked to bat like Wally Hammond or Brian Lara, but I was not good enough to do that so I learned how to make runs my way, which was best for the team and me.

If our coaches keep telling the team to attack, and the players keep telling each other to attack as well, then we are going to stay on this roller coaster of wins and losses, highs and lows and nothing in between.

Full column from the great man coming up

3:04PM

South Africa win by 340 runs

And England have been absolutely rolled. Whupped. And there will be plenty of questions asked about not one but two spineless batting cards. South Africa were brilliant with the ball this morning, but the six men who gave up their wickets without a fight in the afternoon have a case to answer. 

Lord's feels a long, long time ago now, eh Joe?

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Report, reaction, autopsy coming up. 

3:01PM

WICKET! Anderson c de Kock b Olivier 0

That's it! First baller for Jimmy! Lame fiddle outside off, edge, QdK does the rest and that is the end of the match. FOW 133/10

3:00PM

WICKET! Wood c Morris b Olivier 0

Perhaps sensing that the lad could do with a boost, Faf brings back Duanne Olivier. Short ball. Wood guides it precisely to gully, rather in the manner of a coach giving fielding practice. FOW 133/9

Anderson comes in. England on the brink....

Andrew Holgate writes: 

I’m starting to think England aren’t going to pull this one off...

2:57PM

OVER 44: ENG 133/8 (Dawson 5* Wood 0*)    

The batsmen crossed, Dawson faces the one remaining ball of the over.

2:56PM

WICKET! Broad c Morkel b Maharaj 5

God's sake, Broady. People - your people, I might add - have paid good money for a day out at the cricket. Maybe at least TRY to stay there until the evening session?  So people can get some sort of value for their expensive day out, time off work, etc? He's just childishly slapped the spinner down the throat of midwicket, that's so soft. Morne, grazing contentedly in the outfield, barely had to move. FOW 133/8

2:51PM

OVER 43: ENG 130/7 (Dawson 3* Broad 4*)   

Broad clearly reckons that if t'were done, better that it were done quickly. Slashes Philander wild and woolly. A foot over Bavuma at backward point. If Bavuma were a regular sized human, that was a catch.

Kuhn, one of the few South Africans who hasn't done a massive amount in the game, with a hero dive at cover. Make it harder for the selectors to leave him out.

2:47PM

OVER 42: ENG 126/7 (Dawson 3* Broad 0*)  

Red-hot spinner-on-spinner action as Dawson faces up to Maharaj and sees out a maiden.

2:44PM

OVER 41: ENG 126/7 (Dawson 3* Broad 0*) 

England get through the remaining three balls of the over without further bleeding.

2:39PM

WICKET! Stokes c&b Philander 18

Ben Stokes, all bristle and bull, down the track to Philander. And he's chipped a low catch back at him. I fear that we are not going to get a dose of Bagchi after all. This'll be over by tea. FOW 126/7

As good a time as any for drinks.

It's true. Bob Willis's Verdict could be worth a watch.

2:37PM

OVER 40: ENG 122/6 (Stokes 17* Dawson 0*)

Never fear, here comes Gilo Dawso.

2:31PM

WICKET! Moeen Ali c Kuhn b Maharaj 27

Achingly predictable. Two balls after that review reprieve, Ali has swept the ball straight to square leg. Not a pretty sight. Does Moeen even know there is a man there at square leg? Certainly didn't seem to look before he played the shot. Kuhn had been moved there two balls before. FOW 122/6

2:29PM

Moeen given out caught at the wicket - but Reviews

Maharaj to Moeen. Ali reviews straight away.

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And rightly so. Umpires are told there must be a "clear distinct line". Faf seems to be arguing that a) there's a murmur and b) is there enough evidence to overturn. I think not out is the correct call. 

2:25PM

OVER 39: ENG 120/5 (Stokes 17* Ali 25*)                            

Philander comes on. Stand by your beds.

Around the wicket to Stokes, who is batting out of his crease AND walking at Vernon.

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Canny old Vern pushes him back with a bouncer. Good contest. 

2:22PM

OVER 38: ENG 120/5 (Stokes 17* Ali 25*)                           

Runs coming nicely for England. Attractive thirties all round! That's what the match situation deserves! Maharaj overpitches, Ali drives, four runs.

2:19PM

OVER 37: ENG 115/5 (Stokes 16* Ali 21*)                          

Further boundaries for Moeen, who is racing along now. Four squirted off the edge, but a legit drive finds the rope at cover. Those have put a dent in Morne's analysis.

2:18PM

OVER 36: ENG 107/5 (Stokes 16* Ali 13*)                         

Moeen carries the fight to Maharaj. Two sweeps and a drive through the covers bring him three fours.

2:11PM

OVER 35: ENG 93/5 (Stokes 15* Ali 0*)                        

Morne effectively unhittable. Fourth over the post-lunch spell, he's gone for five in total. Bouncer and a cutter away are left by Moeen, wisely. Cannot accuse Moeen of taking needless risks: 19 dots he has played out so far.

2:07PM

OVER 34: ENG 93/5 (Stokes 15* Ali 0*)                       

Stokes prepared to drive Maharaj out of the rough, and also slog sweep him. Four for each shot. Risky, I'd say. Beaten by a nice dipper later in the over.

2:05PM

OVER 33: ENG 85/5 (Stokes 7* Ali 0*)                      

Now it's Ali's turn to face the short stuff from Morne. One off the over.

2:00PM

OVER 32: ENG 84/5 (Stokes 6* Ali 0*)                     

Nice delivery from Maharaj beats Moeen as he comes forward to defend.

1:56PM

OVER 31: ENG 84/5 (Stokes 6* Ali 0*)                    

Horrible delivery. That was Courtney Walsh in his pomp sort of stuff. Length ball from Morne and it just explodes off the pitch, zeroing in on the throat of Ben Stokes as if guided by laser. It deals him a juddering blow on the glove. He did brilliantly to play that, actually. Could well have gloved that to gully. Vicious stuff from Morne, who is the nicest lad you could wish to meet when he's not bowling at the English.

1:52PM

OVER 30: ENG 84/5 (Stokes 6* Ali 0*)                   

That brings another left-handed fly into Maharaj's parlour. Moeen is soon dealing with a spitter out of the rough. 

Gawd help us, that was a truly awful effort from Bairstow.

1:49PM

WICKET! Bairstow c Morris b Maharaj 16

Well, the four wickets before lunch all fell to classy bowling. This one, I am sorry to say, will be chalked up to idiotic batting. Bairstow tries (why?) ti hit over the top, chips it instead to mid on. Soft. FOW 84/5

1:47PM

OVER 29: ENG 83/4 (Bairstow 16* Stokes 5*)                  

LBW is in play, Morne straight. Nice bouncer! But a good counterpunch from YJB later in the over when he clips the ball crisply for four.

1:42PM

Here come the players

Lovely afternoon. Morne has the ball. Uh-oh.

1:39PM

There'll be the usual calls

to drop xyz, have a root and branch review of County cricket, be more like Australia and so on. But Sir Garrington Naylor is quite right to point out that...

1:03PM

LUNCH: England 79/4 (Bairstow 12* Stokes 5*)

24 overs, four for 78. South Africa would have settled for one of Cook and Root. They got both those bits of prime rib, plus the cheaper cuts of Jennings and Ballance. South Africa are crushing England here. I'll be back after lunch. The Silver Fox Bagchi slated to be here after tea - I wonder if there'll be anything left for him?

1:01PM

OVER 28: ENG 79/4 (Bairstow 12* Stokes 5*)                 

Maharaj happy for Bairstow to take one, that gives him three balls before lunch to Stokes, and a chance to see what the rough is doing outside the leftie's off stump. Two short legs and another man just behind them. Stokes survives.

12:59PM

OVER 27: ENG 78/4 (Bairstow 11* Stokes 5*)                

All opposing bowlers raise their game, or at least their aggression, a bit against Stokes, I reckon. Morris charging in. Stokes gets four through third man. Rest of the over hostile, commanding respect.

12:56PM

OVER 26: ENG 74/4 (Bairstow 11* Stokes 1*)               

Single to each man off the twirylman.

12:56PM

Woe woe and thrice woe

12:50PM

OVER 25: ENG 72/4 (Bairstow 10* Stokes 0*)              

Well, I was a bit sniffy about Morris earlier, but this has been a terrific, quick, direct spell of bowling. He has bent his back and that was just too quick for Cook.

12:46PM

WICKET! Cook c de Kock b Morris 42

Alastair Cook goes, and he has still made just one half century on this ground. Done here for pace by Morris, a spicy bouncer that Alastair tried to play, then tried to leave, and ended up fencing at. Came off the bat sticker I think. Or the back of the glove? Either way that was RAPID. Decent catch from de Kock. FOW 72/4

Not many bounce out AN Cook, as George rightly notes.

So the former captain shrugs and walks off, taking England's last hope with him. 

12:43PM

OVER 24: ENG 72/3 (Cook 42* Bairstow 10*)             

Jonny Bairstow hits against the spin and picks up four through the legside. Short leg is in the game here a couple of balls later when Jonny's plop forward finds the inside edge. The virtue of that massive ripper at the end of Maharaj's last over is that YJB is now having to play for spin that might, or might not, be there.

12:39PM

OVER 23: ENG 68/3 (Cook 42* Bairstow 6*)            

Morris getting better with every over. Good wheels in this maiden.

12:37PM

OVER 22: ENG 68/3 (Cook 42* Bairstow 6*)           

Maharaj comes on. Bairstow goes for the big slog sweep first ball.

[see previous over]

Last ball of this one, MASSIVE spin! That one really ripped. Pitched middle and leg and beat off. Woof.

12:34PM

OVER 21: ENG 66/3 (Cook 41* Bairstow 5*)          

Even with the match situation as it is, South Africa have a legside boundary rider. Sort of thing that upsets former Test greats but I don't have a problem. The England cricket team in 2017 is chock full of players who will do something silly if the scoreboard isn't ticking. Two off the Morris over.

12:26PM

OVER 20: ENG 64/3 (Cook 40* Bairstow 4*)         

Away swing for Olivier, Cook creams it through the covers. Four. And now Bairstow drills him down the ground. nice way to get off the mark.

12:22PM

OVER 19: ENG 55/3 (Cook 35* Bairstow 0*)        

Yorkshiremen keep on coming. God's own county has managed four and eight so far. What can YJ Bairstow do? Well, he survives this over, for starters.

12:17PM

WICKET! Root b Morris 8

Goodnight sweet prince! Dear me, that was a wicked ball. This is the Chris Morris who is so useful in white ball cricket. Yorker, swings late, good pace and that has ripped Joe Root's off stump out. 87 mph. Squared up as it comes in. Play that! Waqar himself would have been proud of that one. FOW 55/3

12:15PM

OVER 18: ENG 55/2 (Cook 35* Root 8*)       

Cook pulls, misses, causing me to suck my teeth and mutter. Don't want to get out to the change bowler. Streaky four to end the over.

12:11PM

OVER 17: ENG 50/2 (Cook 31* Root 7*)      

Double change. Can't exactly say that England have seen off Vernon and Morne, what with two wickets having gone down in the first hour, but at least they've stopped bowling for a bit at least.

Now it's Chris Morris, who again looked a more biddable prospect than the big two in the first innings. Some balls that Root can leave.

12:06PM

OVER 16: ENG 49/2 (Cook 31* Root 6*)     

Pressure off! A bit. it's Duanne Olivier, who has yet to really impress me. And there's no doubt that it's a class or two below VD Philander. Root drives a full ball for three.

Now onto the rocks of the Cook pads, and like many a sailor before, that ends in disaster for Duanne. Four through midwicket, approximately the one millionth time I have watch Alastair do that over the last decade or so.

He's able to drive a wide one through off for four, settling England down a bit, and taking us up to the drinks interval.

12:02PM

Lol. Vish with a slice of fried gold.

12:00PM

OVER 15: ENG 38/2 (Cook 23* Root 3*)    

Morne will. Root ducks a bouncer. Pushes a straight one through mid off for three and is off the mark.

11:59AM

OVER 14: ENG 35/2 (Cook 23* Root 0*)   

This is exceptional stuff. AN Cook, a great opener of the post-War era, is being given a really torrid time. A leading edge short of mid off. An edge slides through the slips. Tucks Philander off the pads for a welcome two.

Will Vernon go another?

11:50AM

OVER 13: ENG 29/2 (Cook 17* Root 0*)  

Morkel. Root. Edge! Lands safe well short of second slip. How many have dropped short in this match?  Must be a dozen.

11:44AM

OVER 12: ENG 28/2 (Cook 16* Root 0*) 

"The folly of having three left-handers at the top of the order we can discuss all day, but this is exceptional bowling from Philander," says Hussain, N.

Now he has a right-hander to work on. And he's at Root from ball one! Nibbles the ball back in, Root clanged on the pads. Too high to seriously appeal.

11:39AM

WICKET! Ballance LBW Philander 4

Another review! This time from Vernon. Ballance again the man in the dock. This time it's Vernon over the wicket, it's hit Ballance low-ish. Given not out.... but this time it IS overturned on review! Nice work from Faf, brave to use that review. FOW 28/2

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11:34AM

OVER 11: ENG 23/1 (Cook 15* Ballance 4*)

Cook continues to use every possible edge of that bat! Squared up by Morkel, the ball flies off his edge, it's in the air a long time but it flies wide of the (sole) gully. Four for that. Now, though, a legit shot from ANC. Plants the foot, nice drive through cover, three runs.

Now a review

Morkel, around the wicket, shaping it into Ballance. Hits him high on the pad. Given not out. This looks on the high side....

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It's an umpire's call. Fair dos I reckon. Morne, with his bounce, always struggling I'd say.

11:30AM

OVER 10: ENG 16/1 (Cook 8* Ballance 4*) 

Cook guides the ball behind point for three. How many more overs has Vern got in him? He's looking dangerous every ball. Ballance leaves the ball expertly here, prompting an "oooooo" from the fielders. It was certainly close to the stumps.

11:26AM

OVER 9: ENG 13/1 (Cook 5* Ballance 4*)

Shane Warne on one of his preferred hobby horses: the England top three don't score quickly enough, so bowlers can just have their way with them, Joe Root should thus bat three. Oh Shane. Again with this?

Anyhow. Here is Morne. A ball climbs savagely on Gary Ballance and gets him a stinker on the finger. Ouch. Trainer is on.

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11:19AM

OVER 8: ENG 12/1 (Cook 4* Ballance 4*)   

Inside edge. Stifled LBW appeal. Outside edge.  Four through gully. Ballance clinging on; another superb over from Vernon. The last ball of it keeps low. First one of the day to do so. 

11:16AM

OVER 7: ENG 8/1 (Cook 4* Ballance 0*)  

Easier over from Morne. Line not quite tight enough. After 22 balls, Cook is off the mark with a couple worked through midwicket. Repeats the dose next ball.

11:12AM

OVER 6: ENG 4/1 (Cook 0* Ballance 0*) 

Ballance, under pressure, comes in and blocks his first ball, which wobbles through the air. What an over that was. All of it on off-stump. Probing, examining. Too good.

11:10AM

WICKET! Jennings b Philander 3

Vernon Philander. He too is right at it. Over the wicket to Jennings. He finds his outside edge, it goes down towards the third of three narrowish slips. Jennings changes his guard to an off-stump line. So Philander pitches the fifth ball and nibbles it back into him! Glorious sight, the off stump is toast. Bowled through the gate. That is exemplary right-arm fast medium to the left-hander. Class. FOW 4/1

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11:05AM

OVER 5: ENG 2/0 (Cook 0* Jennings 1*)

Morne with a super over. Great lines. Angling it in to both these lefties, close to their off stumps. Just one off the over, a pulled single to Jennings.

11:02AM

I don't think England 

have got a hope, personally, but I do hope that they at least make South Africa work their socks off for this. Put some miles into those legs. These condensed Test series are wars of attrition these days, and it's important if nothing else to grind your opponent down.

Anyway, here comes Morne. Jennings faces up.

Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook return to the crease this morning Credit: AFP

10:59AM

The Saffers 

in a pally huddle. They look in good heart, and why wouldn't they?

10:57AM

Right then.

The players are back out, the sun is shining, and Sir Iron Bottom is looking at his calendar tomorrow and pencilling

9am Golf

11am Lunch

5pm More Golf

9pm Think about Brexit

10:39AM

Shaun Pollock

"One final push for South Africa. The surface will assist them. If those big-uns (Morne and Morris) land it on this length about 8m from the bat and it keeps low, well, you've got no price."

10:38AM

Mikey Holding

"Best day of the Test match so far, weather-wise. Pitch is a bit up and down, sure, but take it an hour at a time."

10:20AM

More injury gloom for poor Mark Wood

England fast bowler Mark Wood is suffering from a heel injury that could cast doubt over his fitness for the next Test.

Wood left the field for treatment and the pain could explain why he was down on pace in this match as he struggled to cause problems for the South Africa batsmen in the second innings. Wood’s career has been beset by injuries and at Lord’s he played his first Test for nearly two years. He said before this game that he was hoping he had put his injury problems behind him and was hopeful he would be able to play three Tests in a row for the first time in his career.

He has developed bruising on his left heel at Trent Bridge but there is good news in the fact England are certain it is not connected to the chronic ankle injury that has required three operations.

There is a nine-day gap between the end of this match and the third Test at the Kia Oval but, with Jake Ball and Chris Woakes also carrying injuries, England will be carefully monitoring Wood’s fitness.

England fast bowler Mark Wood a doubt for third Test because of heel injury

10:19AM

 Jonathan Liew agrees that England don't know how to defend

England are a two-dimensional team in a three-dimensional game. Their cavalier approach to Test cricket – frequently ­successful, of course, and ­inflected by their recent ­success in the shorter formats – has left them utterly unprepared for situations like on Sunday. After all, if you are going to attack like Steve Waugh’s Australians, then you had better be as good as Steve Waugh’s Australians.

Cavalier approach to Test cricket leaves England ill-equipped to play defensively

10:13AM

Here is Scyld Berry on Sunday's events

England retreated in good order on the third day of the second Test. But a retreat it is, which will end in South Africa levelling this series on day four or five, and deservedly, because they are better equipped for attritional cricket than this England side, which is multi-talented but collectively does not do self-abnegation and draws.

In limiting South Africa to 268 runs for the loss of eight more wickets before their declaration, England were as spirited as could be. Joe Root always tried to take wickets, in preference to falling back on defence, and his vice-captain Ben Stokes brought all his energy to the toil in spite of his left knee. As a key indicator of this team’s morale, England caught everything, including a couple of swirlers in the gusting wind, as a ball that whistled past James Anderson at gully could barely be classified a chance.

All these plusses, which prevented anyone scoring the first century of this series for South Africa, will serve England well in the rest of this series at the Oval and Old Trafford - if not here. It was hairy enough for England to survive four overs before the close, and the unevenness of this pitch is only going to become more pronounced for Morne Morkel, while even Liam Dawson has made a ball spin spitefully. So England will do well to survive until the second new ball, never mind the third.

England in survival scrap after South Africa set mammoth chase

10:09AM

Overnight: ENG 1/0 (Cook 0* Jennings 0*) off four overs

South Africa played shrewd, gritty cricket yesterday as they amassed 343/9 declared. Lots of contributions. I don't think England bowled badly, although they were understandably a little flat. If, as they surely will, they lose this match at some point today or early tomorrow, they will reflect that the damage was done in the first innings.

Still, on the bright side, Cook and Jennings survived a tricky four overs last night, all ten wickets are in tact, and while there are Cook and Root, there is hope.

10:07AM

Good morning!

No word of a lie, shortly along here I am. Tyers here. Welcome to day four of the second Test. Will there be a day five? England resume on 1/0, chasing 474. Well, good luck with that.

10:06AM

Our preview

Alan Tyers will be along shortly to talk you through day four, in which England must dig in and hope for the best, or some terrible weather. 

In the meantime here are the thoughts of England's bowling coach Ottis Gibson:

England bowling coach Ottis Gibson praised the efforts of the home attack as South Africa continued to dominate the second Test at Trent Bridge.

The Proteas, having started the day on 75 for one, declared their second innings on 343 for nine, setting England a mammoth victory target of 474.

England openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings then managed to survive four overs before the close.

Earlier in the day, Hashim Amla followed up his first-innings half-century with a fine 87, while opener Dean Elgar contributed 80 and captain Faf du Plessis 63 as the visitors built a commanding lead on day three.

Moeen Ali picked up four for 78, while Ben Stokes and James Anderson finished with two wickets apiece.

Gibson told Sky Sports afterwards: "It would be a great game for us to win from here. A lot of credit goes to South Africa for the way they've come out over the last three days and played.

"They've put us under a lot of pressure, some of it we haven't responded very well to - getting bowled out in the first innings - but clearly today we have shown a lot of character, not just the bowlers but the fielders as well."

He added: "This morning in the huddle the captain said he wanted people to step up. And I thought Anderson, who bowled a lot of overs in the first innings, came in and led really well this morning.

"Anderson and (Stuart) Broad are a fantastic combination for us. Mark Wood, he's not got any wickets yet but he's bowled really well in patches in the game. Stokes was fantastic today as well.

"The spinners didn't have a lot to do but Moeen got four wickets this afternoon.

"All in all it's been a tough couple of days but we've got two days to make 480 and when the sun comes out at Trent Bridge the wicket can get quite flat, so that's how we've got to approach the next two days."

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