England 85/2 against South Africa at lunch in 2nd Test

England 85/2 against South Africa at lunch in 2nd Test

England 85/2 against South Africa at lunch in 2nd Test

But there was a consolation for Pollock whose Test average of 60.97 is second only to that of Australia legend Donald Bradman's 99.94 among batsmen who've scored 2,000 runs in a completed career. Things may never seem this easy again.

But it could have been different story as South Africa wasted two chances to dismiss Root cheaply before he went on to make 190 in the first innings to put the hosts in control. After taking a lead, South Africa lost Heino Kuhn for 8.

England, meanwhile, have only good options to mull over.

South Africa were 309-6 heading into day two but it took less than six overs for England to bring about the end of their innings after James Anderson broke the seventh-wicket stand of Vernon Philander (54) and Chris Morris (36) at 74 - the former caught by Liam Dawson in the covers.

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South Africa had resumed on 75-1 and proceeded through the day at a stately pace.

Du Plessis (19) and Temba Bavuma (20) steadied the ship briefly but the collapse looked to be on after they each fell to Stokes. But it will only be hundreds and (to an extent) fifties that determine how long Ballance remains in the team.

Cape Town - The Proteas achieved their dual objectives of setting England a fourth innings chase far in excess of anything that has previously been achieved and of subjecting the pitch to another day of wear and tear on the third day of the second Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday. Kuhn faced 42 balls for two single-figure scores at Lord's, undone by a flawless Stuart Broad delivery in the first innings and perhaps a little unlucky to edge James Anderson down the leg side second time out.

Vaughan believes the current crop of England batsmen could learn lessons from the way South Africa have approached batting in the ongoing Test match.

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Having stuck with the same 12-man squad, England named an unchanged team - meaning Toby Roland-Jones continues to wait for a Test debut. "I worry about the mentality of the Test batting because as soon as the things get hard - it swings around or spins - they play aggressively", he added. People didn't expect him to be successful but he got key wickets through the middle order and he's getting some turn which will be a big asset to Faf Du Plessis on his return as captain.

Instead, there were signs late in the day of uneven bounce as the surface wears away, something that will be in South Africa's favor over the final two days. The forecast is generally clear throughout the Test, although temperatures may be on the cooler side.

The 1998 match on the ground is best remembered for Allan Donald's duel with Mike Atherton as England levelled the series.

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