Another tough day for England

Joe Root  Lord's

16.07. - Cricket

England were once again second best as South Africa moved into a commanding position on day three of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

The Three Lions were heavily criticised for their wasteful batting in the first innings but will now require plenty of patience as they attempt to chase down their target of 474 to go 2-0 up in the series.
After resuming on 75-1, Dean Elgar kicked on well before eventually going for 80, while Hashim Amla's 87 also kept the hosts at bay.
However, it was arguably the middle-order knocks of 63 from Faf du Plessis and 42 from Vernon Philander which helped the Proteas declare on 343-9 and gave them a chance to have a go at England in the dying embers of the day's play.
Moeen Alli's 4-78 made him the pick of the home side's bowlers and there was almost early drama in their reply when Alastair Cook survived a first-ball lbw shout courtesy of a successful review, having been given out initially.
Cook and fellow opener Keaton Jennings held firm for the final overs on Sunday, with their only run coming courtesy of a leg bye.
England will now return on day four in Nottingham needing another 473 runs with South Africa the clear favourites to level the series at 1-1.


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