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South Africa wins toss and bats 1st in 2nd test vs. England

South Africa wins toss and bats 1st in 2nd test vs. England

Anderson acknowledges that only a special performance over the remaining three days can keep England ahead in the series, after their win at Lord's - but he is not ruling it out.

'Root's leadership was impressive at Lord's but I'm not sure he ever needed to do anything out of the ordinary because the bowlers were always in the game, ' Hussain said in a column for the Daily Mail.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, meanwhile, has urged the Proteas to pass a "huge test of character" in the upcoming fixture.

The wounds are mostly figurative, although Kagiso Rabada has absented himself from the second Test after a salty outburst at Lord's led to him accumulating a fourth demerit point.

It paid off as South Africa lost only Dean Elgar before lunch and his fellow opener Heino Kuhn soon after the break.

England's questionable use of the review system has been a running issue throughout this second Test and the hosts incorrectly opted not to look at an edge from Hashim Amla, who went on to make a fine 87 before Root did successfully review an lbw claim from Liam Dawson.

Wood knows England have the likes of Chris Woakes and Jake Ball returning to fitness, which will put his place under pressure later in the series.

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South Africa had resumed on 75-1 and proceeded through the day at a stately pace. Morris (13) top-edged a sweep and Gary Ballance took a good catch at short square-leg.

However, the dogged Amla and the more expansive De Kock frustrated England in a fine third-wicket stand of 113. But it will only be hundreds and (to an extent) fifties that determine how long Ballance remains in the team.

South Africa great Graeme Pollock told AFP the Proteas will have to accept being a "middle of the road" Test side at best if they stick with racial transformation as a key component of selection.

Having stuck with the same 12-man squad, England named an unchanged team - meaning Toby Roland-Jones continues to wait for a Test debut. Though the sun may have been out a fraction more than on the previous day, and the ball that England kept trying - and failing - to get changed did not move as much, a rock-solid defence was still a handy way to drive bowlers to distraction. Yes, Broad's 8 for 15 and all that.

South Africa, however, have a proud away Test record. The forecast is generally clear throughout the Test, although temperatures may be on the cooler side.

Day 2 of England vs South Africa 2nd Test match will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Of the England fielders, only Alastair Cook at first slip seemed convinced he had edged to the keeper. However, he will have to weather the Amla storm, the only South African to score a triple-hundred in England.