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England blown away as SA draw level

The South African cricket team produced a clinical bowling performance and dismantled the England team on Monday for a lowly 133 as the rampant visitors romped to a comprehensive 340-run win against the hosts on the penultimate day of the second test, their biggest victory ever at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

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Vernon Philander, with 3-24 in 10 overs, Keshav Maharaj, with 3-42 in 12 overs, and Chris Morris, with 2-7 in six overs, were the destroyers-in-chief as South Africa squared the test series 1-1.

South Africa declared their second innings closed on 343 for nine, an overall lead of 473 runs on Sunday.

England survived a testing period on Sunday.

But on Monday, South Africa started in clinical and brutal fashion, as Philander found the gap between bat and pad of Keaton Jennings to reduce England to four for one.

Philander doubled his wicket-tally before lunch when he trapped Gary Balance in front for four.

Both Philander and Morne Morkel operated with excellent control and moved the ball around.

Alastair Cook struck a number of crisp boundaries and Faf du Plessis introduced Morris after Duanne Olivier suffered at the hands of Cook in a short, wayward spell.

"We did our basics a lot better, put England under pressure for longer periods in the game," South Africa captain Du Plessis told Sky Sports.

"Coming into the test I was a bit cold, but I got my groove going and I'm feeling a lot better."

Morris removed England’s premier batsman Joe Root with a magnificent yorker in his first over and he perished for eight.

"We weren't good enough with the bat for the whole game," said England skipper Root.


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In the same spell, Morris, with the help of the intelligent captaincy of Du Plessis, placed two fielders on the square-leg boundary.

Morris then produced a sensational bouncer which was fended off his face with his glove by Cook and Quinton de Kock took a smart catch. Cook contributed 42 as England limped to 79 for four at lunch.


Upon the resumption, Jonny Bairstow played a carleess stroke in an attempt to unnerve Maharaj and holed out to Morris for 16. Moeen Ali was in an ultra-attacking mood, striking six fours in his 27.

But the South African captain then moved Heino Kuhn to square leg and Ali’s sweep found the capable hands of Kuhn. From 122 for six, England crashed to 133 all out.

Stuart Broad also played a senseless slog sweep to Maharaj and was caught at deep mid-wicket by Morkel.

Ben Stokes lunged forward and pushed the ball back into the willing hands of Philander when on 15.

And Olivier wrapped up the innings with successive balls when Mark Wood was caught at gully for a duck and James Anderson was caught behind, also for nought.

A feature of the penultimate day was the inability of England to occupy the crease and play at a slower rate, a la the South African team of 2012 at Adelaide that gut it out when Du Plessis produced an unbeaten 110 in 466 minutes.

Their lower middle-order could not find a coherent answer to the probing bowling and accuracy of Maharaj, as was the case in the first innings.

And Morris’s pace, venom and accuracy played a pivotal role in ripping the heart out of England by removing both Root and Cook, their premier batsmen, with a magnificent spell, arguably his best yet for South Africa.

His improved rhythm was a significant feature of his success. One of his deliveries was measured at 90.5 miles per hour.

South Africa’s batting in the second innings, where Dean Elgar, with 80, Hashim Amla, with 87, and Du Plessis, with 63, played with maturity, were also impressive as they powered the visitors to 343 for nine.

With South Africa having squared the series, the Proteas will have a welcome few days off before animosities resume at the Oval on July 27 in the third test.

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ENGLAND: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Gary Ballance, Joe Root (capt), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson

SOUTH AFRICA: Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (capt), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Chris Morris, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Duanne Olivier


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