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South Africa thrash England in second Test

17th July 2017, 15:23 by Neil Foster

South Africa have levelled the series, dismissing England for 133 in their second innings to secure a 340-run victory at Trent Bridge.

Set a world-record fourth-innings run chase of 474 by an improved Proteas side, the hosts needed a solid start but lost Keaton Jennings for three as the excellent Vernon Philander (3-24) found a way through his defence.

Alastair Cook did his best to hold things together with a watchful 42 although Gary Ballance (4) and slipper Joe Root (8) were soon back in the pavilion and the writing was one the wall when Jonny Bairstow fell for 16.

There was minor resistance from Ben Stokes, who hit 18, and Moeen Ali with 27, but the tail went down like the proverbial pack of cards as Keshav Maharaj (3-42) removed Stuart Broad for five.

Duanne Olivier, who had been expensive in his first three-over spell, then returned and needed just two deliveries to snare Mark Wood and James Anderson, both for ducks, as England succumbed to the inevitable.

Having been so dominant in the first Test, it will now be back to the drawing board for an England side who have serious problems at the top of the order, with both Ballance and Jennings in line to be replaced for the third Test at the Oval, starting on July 27.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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