Anderson five-fer cleans up Proteas tail

Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj took three wickets each as South Africa thrashed England by 340 runs to level the four Test series 1-1

That is a statistic which suggests South Africa are worth risking again at big numbers - [4.9] is available. Three fours came off a Philander over, each bringing a chorus of the famed "Root" chant from the Trent Bridge faithful.

Can Faf du Plessis inspire South Africa to bounce back?

However, they had some positives to take away from the first test, and with the return of Du Plessis for the second one, the Proteas will be gunning to reverse their fortunes.

Clearly they could only be considered were the toss to go their way and even then stakes would have to be on the cautious side.

I don't think anyone expected Liam Dawson to be included in the 12, let alone start, and such was the uncertainty over that pick, that incredibly, many people actually expected England to start with five seamers for the first time at Lord's since 1993.

Two years ago Stuart Broad took eight for 15 on the same ground as England skittled Australia for just for just 60 and Anderson says the same will be required on Sunday after the tourists finished the day 205 runs ahead with nine second-innings wickets in hand. The only thing on his mind would have been to get on with it, so that's what he did. The first was a drive off a full ball. He was not just looking to score from the beginning of his innings but looking to score quickly. On that occasion the ball was edged, nearly to command.

Essentially, you have here the ideal combination of ground, team, and lower-order player to produce the desired result.

He can not be blamed, though, when so many others around him failed. The runs must come from four, five, six and seven and no side has been successful when so reliant on that. Pollock believes political reasons are undermining South Africa's long-term competitiveness as a Test nation.

However, when England wrapped up a comfortable 211-run victory by Sunday afternoon, were they justified by their somewhat underwhelming selection policy that had preceded the Test match - or do those questions still remain? Amla was dropped on 56, de Kock inside-edged on 50. Since England and South Africa first met in March 1889 in Port Elizabeth their meetings - and non-meetings - have provided some of the most memorable episodes in cricket history.

By tea, the de Kock experiment could be declared a success.

"He just served the team and took focus off himself as a player", Du Plessis said. You sense South Africa fancy their chances against Keaton Jennings, who is Alastair Cook's latest opening partner, and Gary Ballance. They batted well in the final session. That someone is de Kock. "They are not good enough or winning enough games to go with that line up".



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