Cook punishes depleted South Africa

Jessica Allison
July 10, 2017

Later on, Quinton de Kock made a mockery of an increasingly hard pitch in racing to a fifty off 36 balls with 10 fours.

Adam Lallana enjoyed a rare leisure day on Thursday by treating himself to a trip to Lord's to watch the England cricket team kick off (bat off?) the first day of their Test match against South Africa. On the first day, Philander bowled an exceptional spell of sixteen overs where he gave away 46 runs and picked up three wickets.

Root was leading England for the first time since replacing Alastair Cook as Test captain in February.

There were no tail-end frolics from Stuart Broad this time either, as he was taken at short leg off Maharaj for a golden duck moments before lunch.

Morne Morkel and Keshav Maharaj spearheaded South Africa's fightback after England resumed on 119/1.

"It might be in the second innings and further along in this series that guys at the top of the order [put in scores] - today was my day but looking at the talent in the dressing room those guys will make big scores themselves".

Starting off the day on 214/5, South Africa added 27 runs to their score before Kagiso Rabada was caught behind off the bowling of Liam Dawson for 27.

Dawson succeeded with his second delivery, Rabada playing for turn up the slope but edging behind as the ball went on with the arm.

Root was not without his luck during his 227-ball innings as he was twice dropped in the morning session before being stumped off a no ball on 149.

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Much therefore depended on De Kock - a one-day global opener yet coming in down at number eight here.

Broad took full advantage‚ hammering his unbeaten 57 off 47 balls.

"There were too many no-balls, too many loose balls".

Moeen had missed out on his first Lord's hundred but passed 2000 Test runs during his innings of 87.

The offence took place as Ben Stokes walked off after being caught behind off Rabada. At the initial period, it was Vernon Philander who was the pick of the bowlers and did maximum damage by picking up three wickets.

Philander had earlier scored a gritty 52 at number nine to eke out vital runs onto the Proteas total but before he scored a run he was hit on the right hand by a James Anderson delivery. But Amla got out lbw to a sharply turning off-break from Moeen Ali for 29.

Broad was at his most miserly as he pounded in from the Nursery End.

But with the ball turning exclusively into the two left-handers, their prod-and-sweep methods were productive if rarely pretty until Jennings succumbed to Morkel when he got an inside-edge behind off the back foot.

Gary Ballance strolled to the crease with England 80-1 and batted assuredly into the evening, with some handsome strokes to get off the mark.

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