England meet South Africa today on the first day of the second Test and Ben Stokes’ side are trying to recover from a comprehensive defeat at Lord’s. The South African bowling attack tore through England’s batting line-up, led by Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen, and England need to find a way to stem the loss of wickets at Old Trafford this week if they are to level the three Test series .
England make a change as Ollie Robinson comes on the bowling attack to add height and bounce while Matthew Potts folds out. Zak Crawley retains his place in the starting XI despite his ongoing struggles as a opener, with Harry Brook awaiting on the wings and tipping a call-up for the third and final Test should Crawley falter here again. South Africa make a switch, bringing in a second spinner – Simon Harmer – in place of seaman Jansen.
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Stuart Broad, pads still on, chats with Sky Sports
“We are really happy. It was kind of one of those good shots to lose, we really wanted a bowl. I don’t think any of us expected it to break down so badly in that first session. Jonny and horror [Crawley] ended the day well, so we’re pretty happy with that day.
“Jimmy called early on with the new ball, he said ‘I’m not getting any momentum’ but it really tweaked. We did a lot of damage in that first session. It was a real team effort. We are happy about that. I felt like I cast a really good first spell.
“It feels like a lot happened that day. It really puts off that moving day, usually day three, to tomorrow. There’s a wicket ball in there, so you gotta keep banging.
“I spoke to Stokesy about this yesterday at the golf course [not taking the new ball]. Ollie Robinson has big advantages with the new ball. He took out Sarel Erwee and Dean Elgar in the Lions game. He was really unlucky today. I haven’t played that first switch role that much lately, but it’s a role I’m comfortable with and it was more of a match-up decision that might change tomorrow or in the future.
“It was very bowler friendly today but the players who play here for Lancashire always say day two is the best day to bat. A lead would be great and if it continues to offer a little bit of nip, a little bit of bounce and a little bit of spin then we’re in a great position.”
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 25, 2022 6:44 p.m
stumps! England (111-3) trail South Africa (151ao) by 50 runs.
A much-improved first day from England, who were called on by South Africa to bowl this morning but took full advantage of a seam favorable to the pitch. James Anderson and Stuart Broad led by three players each, an English attack beating South Africa for 151 despite a late fight from Kagiso Rabada.
South Africa also started well on the ball, reducing England to 43-3 as Alex Lees, Ollie Pope and Joe Root each fell fairly cheaply, but a confident batter from Jonny Bairstow and struggling innings from Zak Crawley ensured it was very much England’s day would be .
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 25, 2022 6:36 p.m
stumps! England 111-3 (28), J Bairstow 38, Z Crawley 17, Simon Harmer 0-1 (1)
A little spin and a little bounce for the tall Harmer, who likes to give the ball a lot of overspin with his long fingers. Zak Crawley is certainly ahead with the last two balls and England ends the day just 40 down with seven wickets in hand.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 25, 2022 6:32 p.m
England 110-3 (27)
And the final over of the day will beat Simon Harmer, who has found such fertile English soil over the past five years. Old Trafford should be a surface to suit him – can he break the game up again in the last six substitutes of the evening?
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 25, 2022 6:30 p.m
England 110-3 (27), J Bairstow 37, Z Crawley 17, K Maharaj 0-20 (6)
His confidence also builds blow by blow, sweeping with confidence while Maharaj deviates too straight.
One more to survive before stumbling, which unfortunately means England’s unveiling of the ‘Nighthawk’ will have to wait.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 25, 2022 6:29 p.m
England 105-3 (26), J Bairstow 36, Z Crawley 13, L Ngidi 1-20 (7)
That was far better from Zak Crawley, who despite all the talk of England liking their natural style, took a different approach and found a way to survive. The way he plays within himself is more reminiscent of Joe Denly and, looking further back, Chris Tavare, two players who scored far more free goals for Kent than England. Of course, neither of them were world champions, but Crawley deserves a lot of credit for the way he’s approached this.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 25, 2022 6:26 p.m
England 105-3 (25), J Bairstow 36, Z Crawley 13, K Maharaj 0-15 (5)
Two balls down from Maharaj grant Crawley a nudged single and Bairstow a swept four. The latter ticks pretty well and doesn’t need to take any unnecessary risks – England within 50 of South Africa with ten minutes to go.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 25, 2022 6:22 p.m
England 98-3 (24), J Bairstow 31, Z Crawley 11, L Ngidi 1-20 (6)
Stuart Broad has his pads on, England’s so-called ‘Nighthawk’ with a license to bang right to the end if need be. For now, though, it’s Bairstow playing the attacking role, benefiting from a fairly quick run at the back point from the normally safe Keshav Maharaj. Cut away for four, making the 50 partnership from 62 balls, with Bairstow and Extras being the strong contributors.
Hit clean! Overturned by Ngidi and in climbs Bairstow, little in the way of a pull through but enough on to knock Dean Elgar out for the extra deck cushion.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 25, 2022 6:18 p.m
England 90-3 (23), J Bairstow 23, Z Crawley 11, K Maharaj 0-8 (4)
Brief screams of excitement from the near fielders as the ball bounces onto the short leg, but it was straight off Crawley’s knee with the racquet safely out of the way. The square leg umpire sends out a hopeful appeal to stumble upstairs to make a check, but the batter’s back foot never lifted – as Kyle Verreynne pretty much knew, I think.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 25, 2022 6:13 p.m
England 90-3 (22), J Bairstow 23, Z Crawley 11, L Ngidi 1-12 (5)
That partnership rattles not far from a run a ball, which may have caused Elgar to look to his two neatest bowlers. Lungi Ngidi delivers for his captain, his only run over an effective shock straight from the center of Bairstow, which is rolled in ten yards from the border.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 25, 2022 6:09 p.m
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