England are taking on South Africa on day one of the second Test today and Ben Stokes’s side are looking to bounce back from a comprehensive defeat at Lord’s. The South African bowling attack ripped through the English batting line-up, led by the pace of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen, and England must come up with a way to stem the loss of wickets at Old Trafford this week if they are to level the three-Test series.
England make one change with Ollie Robinson coming into the bowling attack to add height and bounce, with Matthew Potts dropping out. Zak Crawley retains his place in the starting XI despite his continued struggles as opener, with Harry Brook waiting in the wings and tipped for a call-up for the third and final Test should Crawley falter once more here. South Africa make one switch, bringing in a second spinner – Simon Harmer – in place of seamer Jansen.
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England 4-0 (0.2), Alex Lees 4, Zak Crawley 0, Kagiso Rabada 0-4 (0.2)
Streaky start from Alex Lees! Rabada starts over the wicket to the left-hander, pushing the ball across him, and Lees launches into a positive push at a length delivery. Outside half of the bat, but landing in a gap and racing away to the third man boundary.
Harry Latham-Coyle25 August 2022 16:31
Zak Crawley and Alex Lees stride out
Back to Manchester, and England’s opening pair have made their way out across the lengthening shadows of the evening sun to the middle. South Africa’s tail showed that runs can be had on this pitch if you can survive the new ball – the job is clear for Alex Lees and Zak Crawley.
Kagiso Rabada’s rest is brief – he has the new ball in hand.
Harry Latham-Coyle25 August 2022 16:30
Gary Ballance apologises to Azeem Rafiq
Just before we get back underway at Old Trafford, news from elsewhere.
Gary Ballance has apologised in person to former teammate Azeem Rafiq for using what he admits was “unacceptable – at times, racist – language” while the pair were colleagues at Yorkshire.
The former England batter said in a statement: “If I had realised how much this hurt Azeem, I would have stopped immediately,” said Ballance.
“I wanted to meet him and be clear in person that I intended no malice.
“That’s not an excuse. I realise that the language I used was wrong.
“I have accepted, from the outset, the words I used were wrong and I hope this statement brings Azeem some comfort. There is no place in our sport for this behaviour and I am determined to play my part in ridding the game from racism and make it more inclusive. To do this we all need to be honest and learn from our past mistakes.”
Rafiq responded: “I would like to thank Gary. He has done cricket and the fight against racism a great service with these words.
“I would also like to thank those who have been in contact with me privately to apologise for what they witnessed.”
Harry Latham-Coyle25 August 2022 16:28
England’s bowling figures
Harry Latham-Coyle25 August 2022 16:26
South Africa 151 all out
A pretty sorry card for South Africa:
Dean Elgar 12 (42) c Bairstow b Broad
Sarel Erwee 3 (12) c Foakes b Anderson
Keegan Petersen 21 (29) c Root b Broad
Aiden Markram 14 (27) c Foakes b Stokes
Rassie van der Dussen 16 (31) lbw b Stokes
Kyle Verreynne 21 (49) c Foakes b Broad
Simon Harmer 2 (16) lbw b Anderson
Keshav Maharaj 0 (1) lbw b Anderson
Kagiso Rabada 36 (72) c Root b Leach
Anrich Nortje 11 (37) lbw b Robinson
Lungi Ngidi 4 (10) not out
Harry Latham-Coyle25 August 2022 16:25
South Africa 151 all out
All wrapped up 20 minutes after tea by England, making sure the situation did not get away from them. On a pitch that looks to be getting better and under clear skies, 151 looks a total of limited value for South Africa – but this will be a huge evening for Alex Lees and Zak Crawley, who are both rather in need of a significant score.
Here’s the Anrich Nortje wicket:
Harry Latham-Coyle25 August 2022 16:21
OUT! Kagiso Rabada 36 (72), ct. Joe Root, b. Jack Leach, South Africa 151 all out
Saunter down the pitch, big swing, thick edge, and safely snared by Joe Root at slip! Kagiso Rabada’s fighting knock ends on 36 and England have extinguished South Africa for 151!
Harry Latham-Coyle25 August 2022 16:19
South Africa 151-9 (53), L Ngidi 4, K Rabada 36, O Robinson 1-48 (14)
Another half appeal from Ollie Robinson and his colleagues as he strikes Kagiso Rabada’s pads. That one is shooting down leg, but Robinson clearly targeting the stumps in a manner that England didn’t before the tea break.
Three balls for Ngidi to contend with this time. Thrice he gets behind the ball impeccably.
Harry Latham-Coyle25 August 2022 16:17
South Africa 150-9 (52), L Ngidi 4, K Rabada 35, J Leach 0-11 (6)
Rabada slices a big drive just shy of deep extra-cover, a parry allowing him two. The number nine is happy to let Leach have two balls at the number eleven. Ngidi usually likes to give it a whack if he gets one tossed up above the eyes, but his defensive technique is solid, too, as he blocks out the over.
Harry Latham-Coyle25 August 2022 16:13
South Africa 147-9 (51)
Jack Leach will continue after the interval. Rabada needs 18 for that first 50 with the last man in.
Harry Latham-Coyle25 August 2022 16:11