England vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 4: South Africa maul England to level series

South Africa celebrate after securing a convincing win

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South Africa’s bowlers worked as a cohesive unit to demolish England by 340 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Trent Bridge and level the series at 1-1.

Starting off the day on 1/0, England only added three runs to their score before opener Keaton Jennings was clean bowled by Vernon Philander for three runs.

Gary Ballance fared no better as he only mustered four runs before being trapped lbw off the bowling of Philander.

England’s downward spiral continued when captain Joe Root was cleaned up by Chris Morris for eight runs.

Up to this point, Alastair Cook had tried to hold things together, but his time at the crease came to an end when he was caught behind off the bowling of Morris for 42.

Cook was England’s top-scorer with 42 runs

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With England struggling at 72/4, South Africa went straight for the jugular as Keshav Maharaj and Duanne Olivier sliced through the hosts’ middle and lower order.

With Moeen Ali, who made 27, being the only batsman to offer some sort of resistance, England ended up being skittled out for 133.

Philander and Maharaj picked up three wickets apiece, while Morris and Olivier claimed two wickets each.

Root was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “A contrast of emotions this past two weeks. It’s important we stay tight and don’t mope. We have to take the positives out of it and come back strong at The Oval.

“South Africa reacted to the conditions better than we did, we have to learn quickly from that, and react better. Credit has to go to South Africa, but we have to make sure we don’t do this again.”

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was delighted to have levelled the series at 1-1, and said: “It’s not an easy gig. We just did the basics better. We want to put this performance towards Russell [Domingo, who has had a family bereavement].

“There were periods in the first Test when we played well and England dominated us. Hashim and [Elgar’s] partnership was crucial, it was about absorbing pressure. And Morne’s bowling was the best I’ve seen for him for some time.”

Philander was named Man of the Match, and said: “All the senior players put their hand up and made it easy for us. Coming into the Test I was a bit cold, but I got my groove going and I’m feeling a lot better.”

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