England 205 all out in 2nd Test, trail by 130 runs

England 205 all out in 2nd Test, trail by 130 runs

Anderson became the first bowler to take 300 Test wickets in England and Wales on Friday when he dismissed Dean Elgar on the first morning of England's clash with South Africa.

The hosts, hoping to consolidate here after their wide-margin win at Lord's, will have to do so the hard way after being bowled out for 205 to concede a first-innings deficit of 130 in this second Investec Test.

England, however, lost eight Tests previous year and Root is wary of letting complacency creep in. Err... probably not. Having already backed them at that price in the series betting, I'm not going back in after the way they played at headquarters.

The problem is he is not facing the quality (or perhaps more importantly, the pace) of bowling that he is up against when he plays the Proteas, and looking further down the line, Australia - in Australia. "Jimmy knows his body, he's obviously had a couple of injury issues over the course of this year and I think he's just been smart with the way that he practises".

SA's Hashim Amla plays a straight drive on Day 1 of the 2nd Test v England yesterday. Faf du Plessis is the sort of player who sprinkles hard knocks over his cereals in the morning and will be out to inspire a reaction from his wounded side; South Africa have not lost a Test series in England in nearly 20 years and the battle to preserve that record will now intensify.

In the last 11 Tests which have produced a result at Trent Bridge, seven have been won by the side batting first.

All-rounder Morris was especially effective, after Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel had both struck twice each too, and he believes the simple advice he received from returning captain Faf du Plessis was a big help.

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At lunch, Root and Ballance, desperate to nail down his Test place after being recalled at Lord's, had taken England to 85 for two.

England have a 1-0 lead after a performance at Lord's where they barely needed to get out of third gear.

His team were on the ropes after a serious pummelling at Trent Bridge, the cocksure composure of victory in the first match of the series a distant memory. However terrible South Africa were at Lord's, they have their captain back now and they certainly won't want to repeat such a chastening experience.

"Joe Root was fantastic and played a great counter attacking knock when we were struggling".

England squad: Joe Root (capt, Yorkshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Keaton Jennings (Durham), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Jonny Bairstow (wkt) (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Mark Wood (Durham), James Anderson (Lancashire), Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex).

Du Plessis (19) and Temba Bavuma (20) steadied the ship briefly but the collapse looked to be on after they each fell to Stokes.

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