England all out for 458 v SAfrica in 1st test, Root 190

Trevor Jackson
July 9, 2017

South Africa captain Dean Elgar showed he too could lead from the front as he dug in to make an unbeaten fifty on the second day of the first Test against England at Lord's on Friday.

England scored a mammoth score 357 at loss of five wickets on the first day of Lord's Test after losing their four wickets before lunch.

Root's innings was already the highest score by an England captain in his first Test in charge, surpassing Cook's 173 against Bangladesh in 2010.

On the first ball of the day's third over, Root edged behind a delivery from Morne Morkel and looked thoroughly miserable as he walked off to a standing ovation, having missed the chance to register a second double century at Lord's after one against Sri Lanka in 2014.

Two balls later Liam Dawson was lbw to Morkel for a duck.

Broad was left unbeaten on 57 off 47 balls, including eight fours.

Root's stand with Moeen had ended on 177 but England were still in an advantageous position, considering they were 17 for two when their new captain first took guard.

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A spate of boundaries followed from the two left-handers, Moeen unsurprisingly the most convincing, albeit both were tested by the short ball.

Broad's fun was only just beginning, though, and Anderson joined in with a pull for six of his own off Rabada before the number 11 was last out edging an attempted drive behind off Morkel.

South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada dismissed Ali (bowled for 87) and Mark Wood (lbw 0) in the space of three balls but Broad continued his assault, smashing Morkel for successive sixes to bring up his half-century.

Elgar and Heino Kuhn negotiated four overs before lunch in which the former had one scare, when a direct hit from Dawson at mid-on would have run him out for only two.

He marshalled momentum-changing partnerships of 114 with Ben Stokes (56) and an unbroken 167 with Moeen Ali (61 not out) to put England in control.

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