Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

England must respect batting in Test cricket, says Michael Vaughan

England must respect batting in Test cricket, says Michael Vaughan

South Africa face England in the second Test at Trent Bridge 1-0 down in a four-match series after a crushing 211-run defeat inside four days at Lord's last week.

Captain Joe Root led from the front with a resplendent 190 in the first innings, which set the tone for English dominance for most of the match.

South Africa resumed on 309/6, and were dismissed in the seventh over of the day.

And then there's the alarming way the batting collapsed in the second innings, and the fact the quicks - England's usual route to victory in home conditions - had combined match figures of 6-248 from 80 overs.

A bruised South African team will look to draw inspiration from Faf du Plessis as the skipper will mark his return in the second Test against England at Nottingham, following the birth of his first child.

Things had started badly when both Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings fell cheaply, both caught behind off Vernon Philander and Morkel respectively. Only Jonny Bairstow, with a score of 45, showed any sort of resistance as Keshav Maharaj got the ball to turn in the process of picking up three wickets. Ben Stokes may feel unlucky after edging Maharaj onto his pads and into the grasp of Quinton de Kock.

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The visitors then in their second innings lost Heino Kuhn (8), but Elgar and Amla made sure they end the day on a positive note.

"We have some great memories here", said Root, who is the owner of the last two Test centuries at this venue. Root's performance at Lord's suggests the remaining three Tests will not be short of headline-making heroics. It was only thanks to the continued brilliance of Root- and the occasional contribution from Gary Ballance - that they reached lunch without further loss at 85-2.

Yet his batting here was even more fluent, Root setting about South Africa's attack with the objective of a man who knows if you want a job done properly then he'd better do it himself.

Proteas opener Dean Elgar drove at a wide-ish ball from Anderson and Liam Dawson held a fine catch leaping to his right at backward point. Given the success Stuart Broad (38 wickets at 18.58) and James Anderson (53 at 19.24) have enjoyed with the new ball here down the years, 10/11 about South Africa's opening partnership failing to muster 29 isn't exactly way out of line but certainly looks on the generous side. Kuhn faced 42 balls for two single-figure scores at Lord's, undone by a ideal Stuart Broad delivery in the first innings and perhaps a little unlucky to edge James Anderson down the leg side second time out.

He was one of several leading players involved in a brief walk-off protest during a Rest of South Africa v Transvaal match in 1971 but Pollock conceded this was not much in the context of apartheid.

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