England vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 1: South Africa trio frustrate England

Amla became the fourth South African batsman to surpass 8,000 Test runs after Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers

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The South African trio of Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander proved to be thorns in England’s side on the opening day of the second Test at Trent Bridge as they scored 78, 68 and 54 not out respectively.

Opting to bat first, South Africa lost opener Dean Elgar early on as he was was dismissed by James Anderson for six runs.

Just as South Africa were on the verge of rebuilding their innings, Stuart Broad clean bowled Heino Kuhn for 34.

Amla and De Kock stabilised the innings with a 113-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before De Kock was removed by Broad for 68, which came off 81 balls and included eight boundaries.

De Kock scored his 11th Test fifty

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Amla ended up making 78 off 149 deliveries, which included 11 boundaries and a six, before he became Broad’s third victim.

South Africa continued to slip further beneath the surface when Ben Stokes took out captain Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma in quick succession.

With the Proteas having lost a flurry of wickets, Philander and Chris Morris came to the rescue with an unbeaten 74-run stand, during which Philander brought up his fifty, before stumps was called.

Philander struck his seventh half-century in Test cricket

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Philander finished on 54 off 76 balls, which included nine boundaries, while Morris remained undefeated on 23 off 68 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Broad was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Stokes snapped up two and Anderson claimed one.

With the lone wicket he took, Anderson became the first pace bowler and the fourth overall after Muttiah Muralitharan, Anil Kumble and Shane Warne to take 300 Test wickets on home soil.

South Africa ended day one on 309/6 and will continue batting on Saturday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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