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England v South Africa live & preview 2nd Test at Trent Bridge

England v South Africa live & preview 2nd Test at Trent Bridge Photo: IBL

England and South Africa will face each other in the second Test of their four match series at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, starting on Friday, with the hosts leading by 1-0 after their overwhelming 211 run victory at Lord’s last week.

Although the first Test ended in an emphatic England victory, after 19-wickets fell on their fourth day, the Proteas had their chances during the course of the game to seize the initiative, but failed to take the chances that came their way.

From a position of 70-4 on the first morning, England were allowed to escape and post a total of 458, as Joe Root having been given a reprieve when stumped off of a no-ball, went on to make 190, assisted by Ben Stokes who was bowled off of another no-ball who made 56, and Stuart Broad with an unbeaten half-century and Moeen Ali, with a stylist 87.

While four of the South African batsmen made half-centuries, and another 48, no one pushed on to make the big score required, and the tourists were dismissed first time round for 361.

The Proteas fought hard to once more get themselves back into the contest, dismissing England second time round for 233, after they had reached 80 without loss. However, their batsmen had neither the technique or temperament to combat the England spinners, and with Moeen taking six wickets and Dawson two, they subsided to a pitiful 119 all out.

England go to Trent Bridge with an unchanged squad, while the visitors have their skipper Faf du Plessis back. They are forced to replace fast bowler Kagiso Rabada however, who will be serving a one match ban.

Of the last seven Tests played at Trent Bridge, England have won six and drawn one. The most recent fixture, seeing Australia skittled on the first morning for just 60, with Broad taking eight wickets.

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