South Africa maintains the upper hand in the first test despite Ben Stokes’ breakthroughs


England captain Ben Stokes dragged his side back into the first Test against South Africa, but the tourists still finished the second day well at Lord’s.

The Proteas, who had sacked England for 165, were driving and looking comfortable when Stokes made the decision to switch tactics in favor of short ball and rebounding opener Sarel Erwee for 73.

Stokes (three for 53) then pinned Rassie van der Dussen lbw in his next over to set off a mini collapse in South Africa that saw them fall from 187 for three to 210 for six.

However, an entertaining partnership between Marco Jansen (41 not eliminated) and Keshav Maharaj (41) tipped the scales again as South Africa finished 289-seven, a 124 lead.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the memorable moments of day two.

Red for Ruth

Lord’s was doused in red on Red for Ruth day to raise money for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, set up by former England captain Sir Andrew Strauss in memory of his wife Ruth, who died of lung cancer in 2018.

moment of the day

Ollie Pope was only able to add 12 runs to his Overnight 61 before being bowled by Kagiso Rabada, but he should have been out before that after being comically dropped. The 24-year-old nodded the ball to the first slip, where Erwee had three failed attempts to catch the ball before it hit the ground.

Statistics of the day

Stuart Broad took his 100th Test wicket in the home of cricket to reduce South Africa to 210 for six, with Kyle Verreynne nodding the ball back for 11.

courage and determination

Sarel Erwee hit 73 of 146 balls against England (Adam Davy/PA)

(PA wire)

Although not as flashy as the so-called ‘Bazball’ style of cricket instilled in the England team by Brendon McCullum and Stokes, South Africa’s approach to goal area was remarkably effective. Proteas skipper Dean Elgar was embroiled in a war of words over the term used to describe the New England era, but it was South Africa’s steady buildup and determination with the bat that saw them overtake England’s first innings overall.

What’s next?

England will want to limit South Africa’s total on day three (Adam Davy/PA)

(PA wire)

England will look to take on the three remaining South African wickets early Friday morning and then hope they can produce an improved batting performance of their own. Jansen, who quickly rose to 41 on Thursday night, could be the key goal for Stokes’ men. South Africa maintains the upper hand in the first test despite Ben Stokes’ breakthroughs

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