Only three times in the 115 Tests they have won batting second have they scored 300 or more, most recently nearly 16 years ago. "The message was clear from Faf: be aggressive and bowl fast". The best way is to watch the ball and react.
All-rounder Moeen Ali said: "Cooky is normally very good at judging his reviews. It was tough going for us, the previous one, we weren't as good as we would like to have been but in cricket you get another go and we're looking forward to this Test".
Already, however, the ground-record run chase of 284 - achieved by England against New Zealand in 2004 - will have to be broken if the hosts are to pull off a highly-improbable victory. "They rely heavily on their experienced batsmen to score runs, which allows the middle order and lower order to play freely".
Joe Root and his team spent almost all day in the field on Sunday as South Africa relentlessly built their lead.
They were frantic at times and their mentality was wrong.
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"I do remember getting the 125 at Trent Bridge", Pollock told AFP in an exclusive interview in London.
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To only his fourth ball, De Kock was sufficiently discomforted to edge the returning Anderson behind - and suddenly, it was South Africa rather than England who needed the lunch break. "The first Test was plain sailing for him as captain but it's a real test here".
Root will look to Cook to lead the way because his predecessor as captain is an old-fashioned accumulating sort of batsman.
"The England batting has been appalling", Ashes-winning skipper Vaughan said while commentating on BBC Radio's Test Match Special."Maybe it's a lack of respect about what the game is". Stokes then tried to quickly get up on his feet and throw ball towards the non-striker's end, but his movement was restricted by his lowered waistband, and he tried to get up, he managed only to look extremely awkward and either suffered a side strain or rib injury. "It's not easy to get them settled and confident".
But yesterday there was no quality control or consultation with bowlers seemingly mandated to call them - Stokes and Broad - and one from the latter which should have been called but wasn't after Hashim Amla, on 25, nicked behind.
But England's appeal was half-hearted and they did not refer the decision for not out.
Amla ended up making 87 off 180 balls, which included 14 boundaries and a six, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Liam Dawson. However awful South Africa were at Lord's, they have their captain back now and they certainly won't want to repeat such a chastening experience.
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