Published: Sun, July 09, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

England take control of first Test against South Africa after late wickets

England take control of first Test against South Africa after late wickets

Broad was in rhythm; he becalmed Heino Kuhn on his Test debut and then he found his edge in a six over spell that yielded just eight runs. He did not take the field for the first 38 overs of the England innings but returned for the final 13, although he did not bowl.

Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad helped give England the advantage over South Africa on day two of the first Test at Lord's.

England could have taken a stronger hold of the match but Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander scored half-centuries to bring down the deficit below 100 runs.

Rabada's day, however, and South Africa's as a whole, would be marred at the close of play, when he was served with a suspension for next week's second Test after picking up his fourth ICC demerit point, following an altercation with Ben Stokes on the opening day. He flexed his hand after many shots but still managed to hit many pleasing shots - one cover drive was particularly impressive - while helping to add 47 for the last two wickets. De Kock had dominated the scoring during a rapid eighth-wicket stand of 66 with Philander but Anderson finally struck with the second new ball to tighten England's grip.

Alastair Cook made an unbeaten half century as England made steady, if rather turgid, progress towards a winning position over South Africa at Lord's.

James Anderson was the last man out for 12, edging Morkel behind after sharing a 45-run last-wicket partnership.

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Morne Morkel was unbeaten on two.

This was his third six in Test cricket but his first against a pace bowler.

This is the first of a four-Test series.

Taking the lead from new England captain Joe Root, who made 190 in his team's 458 all out, the left-handed Elgar was underpinning South Africa's reply while he stands in as skipper for the unavailable Faf du Plessis. In between times, he struck six boundaries to reach tea on 31 not out, with Jennings a more watchful foil at the other end. The statement of intent against South Africa's much-touted young fast bowler is an early success.

England's tailenders added some quickfire runs after a brace of early wickets to see the hosts post 453 all out. I've probably bowled a bit safe the past year or so, and today's the first day I went back to an attacking mindset.

"He's a phenomenal talent", said Philander of Rabada, whose 17 Tests have already yielded 71 wickets.

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