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England captain Joe Root in 'dream world' after century at Lord's

08 Juillet 2017

Kagiso Rabada produced an absolute jaffer to castle Moeen thirteen runs short of what would have been a deserved century.

Throughout the week leading up to the game, I was concerned that Dean would focus his energy on the million and one other things that occupy your mind as captain.

South Africa needed more, though, and much depended on De Kock - a one-day global opener yet coming in down at number eight here.

Two deliveries later, Morkel had Liam Dawson lbw for a duck.

The Proteas had a hard start to this tour, losing to England in both one-day and Twenty20 series either side of a first-round exit at the Champions Trophy.

Broad hit an unbeaten 57 from just 47 balls - England finishing 458 all out having ended day one on 357-5 - before claiming two key South African wickets.

At the start Joe Root doubtless had designs on becoming the first Test cricketer to hit two double hundreds at Lord's, but it was not to be as he departed early.

Although South Africa can deploy a substitute fielder in Philander's absence, the substitute is not permitted to bowl under the Laws of Cricket. Following Root's magnificent knock, Moeen and Broad picked up two wickets as South Africa ended the day on 214/5, still trailing the hosts by 244 runs.

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Elgar was dismissed soon after tea, caught off bat and pad at short leg by Gary Ballance off Moeen and Broad snared JP Duminy lbw with a full delivery which nipped back into the left-hander.

I still think that a result is likely, with the pitch getting drier and drier and balls starting to hint at misbehaving. The wickets he picked up later in the day were a bonus, if not a total surprise given his aptitude for performing above expectations when people least expect him to.

South Africa found themselves 104-4 at one point but a century partnership between Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn saw the tourists past 200 at the close.

Elgar, however, displayed his customary resilience and it was somehow typical that he went to a 90-ball fifty with a controlled edge down to third man off Ben Stokes - his eighth four.

Another four by De Kock off Broad took South Africa past 300 and raised a 50 partnership from only 57 balls.

Moeen and Stuart Broad - who already had the same double in safe keeping - were both in the runs and wickets to help England retain the upper hand.

Rabada bowled Moeen for 87 with a fine inswinger‚ and two balls later he had Mark Wood leg-before.

The left-hander was scenting more quick runs but fell to a very good diving catch by Stokes at cover as he drove Anderson on the up.

England captain Joe Root in 'dream world' after century at Lord's