England vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, 2nd Test Day 4: Morris Sends Back Root

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For ball by ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the pagePREVIEW ENG vs SA, DAY 4: Hashim Amla helped South Africa pile on the runs to leave England facing what would be a record-breaking chase in the second Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday. South Africa set England 474 to win after declaring their second innings on 343 for nine late on the third day. The most made by any side to win in the fourth innings of a Test is the West Indies’ 418 for seven against Australia at St John’s, Antigua, in 2002/03. England’s corresponding record is 332 for seven against Australia at Melbourne back in 1928/29. On Sunday, England were left with a tricky four overs’ batting before stumps. South Africa nearly had a wicket with the very first ball when Alastair Cook was given out lbw to Morne Morkel. But Cook immediately reviewed umpire Paul Reiffel’s decision and, with replays indicating the ball would have gone over the stumps, the former Australia paceman’s verdict was overturned. Cook and fellow left-hander Keaton Jennings survived to both be not out at the close, with England one for none courtesy of a leg bye.

Commentary (England innings)

21.1 K Maharaj to Bairstow, Shortish ball on middle and leg, Bairstow misses the sweep. 66/3

Keshav Maharaj comes on for a bowl. He bowled a beauty to Bairstow in the first innings. Crucial spell for him and South Africa.

20.6 C Morris to Cook, Brilliant yorker on off stump, Cook digs it out towards the off side. 66/3

20.5 C Morris to Bairstow, Length ball on off, Bairstow plays it from within the crease towards the off side for a single. 66/3

20.4 C Morris to Cook, Short ball on middle, Cook pulls it on the leg side for a single. 65/3

20.3 C Morris to Cook, Another ball outside off, which Cook lets go. 64/3

20.2 C Morris to Cook, Length ball on off, Cook defends off the back foot towards point. 64/3

20.1 C Morris to Cook, Length ball outside off, Cooks lets it go to the keeper. 64/3

19.6 D Olivier to J Bairstow, FOUR! Lovely shot to get off the mark. Good length ball on off and middle, JB pushes it through mid on and away from the fielder and collects four good runs to get going. 64/3

19.5 D Olivier to Bairstow, And the bouncer saga against Bairstow continues, this time Olivier the bowler. Bairstow ducks and lets it go. 60/3

19.4 D Olivier to Cook, Fullish ball on middle and leg, Cook plays through mid-wicket for a run. 60/3

19.3 D Olivier to Cook, Length ball on middle, Cooks defends it from within the crease. 59/3

19.2 D Olivier to A Cook, FOUR! Shot! The perfect left hander’s cover drive by Cook. Over-pitched on off, Cook gets his stride out and just gently times it through covers for a boundary. Gracious shot that. Good to watch. 59/3

19.1 D Olivier to Cook, Olivier bowls it on a good length on leg and middle that got Cook a bit squared up and he ends up playing it towards point. 55/3

18.6 C Morris to Bairstow, Yet another off-direction bouncer by Morris, Jonny doesn’t bother messing with that one and lets it go to de Kock. 55/3

18.5 C Morris to Bairstow, Full ball on middle and leg, JB pushes it towards mid on for no run. 55/3

18.4 C Morris to Bairstow, Another bouncer, down the leg side this time, Bairstow ducks under that one. 55/3

18.3 C Morris to Bairstow, Full ball on middle, Jonny plays it towards short mid-wicket. 55/3

18.2 C Morris to Bairstow, Morris welcomes Bairstow to the crease with a bouncer on off, which he lets go after thinking to play at it. 55/3

Jonny Bairstow, the English keeper, walks in at number 5.

18.1 Morris to Root, OUT! Knocked him over, beaten all ends up! Full swinging yorker on off stump, Root looked to play it down the ground, missed the ball and saw his timber rattled. His reactions showed that he was beaten for pace more than anything else. The England skipper has to walk back to the pavillion for 8, England are in a spot of bother. 55/3

17.6 D Olivier to A Cook, FOUR! Streaky! Fullish ball outside off, Cook goes for the drive but gets an outside edge that goes through the backward point region for a boundary. South Africa won’t mind that. 55/2

17.5 D Olivier to Cook, Fullish ball on off, Cook pushes it back to the bowler. 51/2

17.4 D Olivier to Cook, Short ball on middle and going across Cook, who tries, half-mindedly, to pull but misses it. 51/2

17.3 D Olivier to Root, Full ball on middle, Root flicks it towards deep mid-wicket all along the ground for a single. 51/2

17.2 D Olivier to Root, Olivier bowls it a back of a length ball on off, Joe punches it off the back foot to point. 50/2

17.1 D Olivier to Root, Good length ball outside off, the England skipper doesn’t bother fiddling with that. 50/2

16.6 C Morris to Root, Back of length ball on off, Root defends with soft hands towards point and they set off for a quick single. 50/2

16.5 C Morris to Root, Root has nothing to do with a length ball outside off and lets it go to the keeper. 49/2

16.4 C Morris to Root, Full ball on off, Root drives it straight to covers. 49/2

16.3 C Morris to Root, Bowls that on a length outside off, the skipper just shoulders arms to that one. 49/2

16.2 C Morris to Root, Bouncer next up on middle, which Root lets go of, by ducking under it. 49/2

16.1 C Morris to Root, Starts with a back of length ball on off stump, which Root defends off the back foot. 49/2

Chris Morris is brought into the attack.

DRINKS! The first hour has gone to South Africa. The two big wickets will surely make them feel good. Joe Root and Alastair Cook are the two guys Proteas will aim to get rid of as early as possible.

15.6 D Olivier to Cook, FOUR! Beautifully done! Full and outside off, Cook drives it through mid off. Kuhn looks to chase it down, puts in a desperate dive near the fence but comes second best to the ball. Olivier has gone for runs, this will be a good test for him and du Plessis. 49/2

15.5 D Olivier to Cook, On a length, just around off, Cook defends it watchfully. 45/2

15.4 D Olivier to Cook, FOUR! Cannot bowl there! Olivier slants one on the pads, Cook clips it nicely through mid-wicket. Bavuma hares after it from inside the ring but cannot stop the ball from going through. Another boundary to Cook. 45/2

15.3 D Olivier to Cook, Hurls it outside off, on a length, Cook lets it go through after thinking to play at it at first. 41/2

15.2 D Olivier to Cook, Full and outside off, Cook comes forward and defends it to covers. 41/2

15.1 D Olivier to Root, Fuller in length to begin with, Root drives it through mid off and gets another triple. 41/2

A change of bowling, Duanne Olivier comes on for a bowl. South Africa need him to raise his game here. This could also be a move from Faf to show confidence in him.

14.6 M Morkel to Cook, On a good length outside off, shaping in, Cook is happy to let it go. 38/2

14.5 M Morkel to Cook, Full and outside off, left alone by Cook. 38/2

14.4 M Morkel to Root, Fuller around off, Root presses forward and drives it through mid off. Kuhn gets to it haring from covers and stops the ball from going through to the ropes. Three runs taken. 38/2

14.3 M Morkel to Root, Good length outside off, another leave. 35/2

Joe Root received a blow in the nets earlier today, in the unmentionables. Pretty sure, he is watching the ball closely now.

14.2 M Morkel to Root, Shorter outside off, left alone by Root. 35/2

14.1 M Morkel to Root, Shorter in length on middle, Root lets it go over him. 35/2

Gary Ballance does not move his feet while batting, spots David Gower. But that is something that has not changed with Ballance ever since he made his debut. He can score heavily in first class cricket but it could also show how good the bowling attacks are.

13.6 V Philander to Cook, Shorter outside off, Cook punches it towards covers. 35/2

13.5 V Philander to Cook, On the pads, Cook clips it through the leg side for a couple of runs. 35/2

13.4 V Philander to Cook, FOUR! Edged! Good length outside off, Cook looks to push but gets it off the edge past the diving third slip fielder for a boundary. The gully fielder is a lot more closer this time. 33/2

13.3 V Philander to Cook, Fuller outside off, Cook comes forward to defend but gets it off the inside half into the pads. 29/2

13.2 V Philander to Cook, Fuller around off, Cook pushes it back down the wicket. Philander dives to his right, yes you are reading that right, he flies to his right side but cannot stop it. Mid off fielder mops it up. 29/2

13.1 V Philander to Cook, In the air but safe! Philander bowls it just around off, Cook looks to work it across the line but gets a leading edge off the toe end of the bat. Kuhn looks to get to it from covers but fails. 29/2

David Gower spots that Alastair Cook plays a lot more closer and under his eyes. That though is not the case with Keaton Jennings. Experienced player showing the way!

12.6 M Morkel to Root, Shorter in length outside off, Root lets it go through. 29/2

12.5 M Morkel to Joe Root, Edged but does not carry! Morkel bowls it outside off on a length, Root pushes at it. The ball goes off the outside edge but falls short of the diving Faf du Plessis at second slip. 29/2

12.4 M Morkel to Root, This time Root comes forward and pushes it towards covers. 29/2

12.3 M Morkel to Root, Good length but wide outside off, Root does not go at it. Should be interesting to see if he goes for his shots like he did in the first innings. 29/2

12.2 M Morkel to Cook, Good length around middle and off, tucked through backward square leg for a single. 29/2

12.1 M Morkel to Cook, Good length outside off, left alone by Cook. 28/2

11.6 V Philander to Root, Good length around off, comes in, Root looks to defend but is beaten and hit on his body. Philander has a word to say to Root. 28/2

Joe Root walks out to bat. He will be under serious pressure here.

11.5 V Philander to Ballance, OUT! Philander strikes, again! He lands it around leg, Ballance looks to keep it out but the ball keeps low and raps him on the pads. Vernon is confident and wants the review. Faf falls for it yet again. Replays confirm there was no bat there. Ball Tracker shows that the ball pitched just in line, impact was in line and was hitting the stumps. Three reds and Gary Ballance has to walk back to the hut. Nothing that he could have done there. 28/2

Another review for lbw taken by South Africa against Ballance. If this is pitching in line, he could be a goner.

11.4 V Philander to Cook, Good length outside off, placed wide of the point fielder for a single. 28/1

11.3 V Philander to Cook, Fuller outside off, Cook comes forward and angles it towards gully off the outer half. 27/1

11.2 V Philander to Cook, Cook defends this watchfully. 27/1

11.1 V Philander to Cook, Four leg byes! Philander drifts one on the pads, Cook looks to tickle but the ball rolls off the pads down to the fine leg fence. Leg Byes signaled. 27/1

10.6 M Morkel to Ballance, NOT OUT! CLOSE CALL! Morkel angles a good length ball around off, comes in, Ballance looks to defend but is hit on his front pad. The players appeal but the umpire says no. Faf is not sure, he reckons it could be missing the stumps. Morkel convinces him to go for it. It is taken upstairs. Replays confirm there was no bat there but Ball Tracker shows the ball was clipping the top of the stumps. So Ballance survives. 23/1

South Africa have taken a review for lbw against Ballance. Height could be a factor, as is usually the case with Morkel involved. Let’s see.

10.5 M Morkel to Ballance, Well taken, de Kock! Shorter in length but going down the leg side. Ballance lets it go. Quinton flies to his right and takes it superbly. 23/1

10.4 M Morkel to Cook, Top shot! Full and outside off, Cook comes nicely forward and drives it through the covers. Maharaj gives it a chase from covers and he gets three runs. 23/1

10.3 M Morkel to Cook, This one is left alone confidently by Cook. 20/1

10.2 M Morkel to Cook, FOUR! JUST WIDE! Morkel angles it on a good length around off, Cook looks to turn it through the leg side but gets opened up. The ball goes off the edge wide of the gully fielder. That wasn’t too far. He gets a boundary. 20/1

10.1 M Morkel to Cook, Good length just outside off, Cook rocks back and defends it. 16/1

9.6 V Philander to Ballance, Good leave! Philander bowls it on a good length just around off, Ballance does not quite cover the line but lets the ball go on the bounce. The ball sails over the stumps. A brave and confident leave. 16/1

9.5 V Philander to Ballance, Fullish around off, Ballance comes forward and defends it with soft hands. 16/1

9.4 V Philander to Ballance, Length ball outside off, Ballance is happy to let it go. 16/1

9.3 V Philander to Ballance, Length ball around middle and off, Ballance showing all his stumps, gets in line and defends it well. 16/1

9.2 V Philander to Cook, Back of a length outside off, Cook gets it in the gap at gully and comes back for the third. Good running there. 16/1

9.1 V Philander to Cook, A tad short around off, Cook is happy to defend it off his back foot. 13/1

The physio is out in the middle to attend Ballance. Out comes the magic spray, Ballance pops in the painkillers and is now ready to play.

8.6 M Morkel to Ballance, OUCH! Shorter in length around middle, the ball bounces more on the batsman, Ballance does well to ride the lift and fends it off his crease. The ball though strikes him on his left glove and he flinches in pain. Morkel enjoys that and has a word to say to Gary. Ballance actually played it well. 13/1

8.5 M Morkel to Cook, Drifts it on the pads, Cook clips it through backward square leg for a single. 13/1

8.4 M Morkel to Cook, Full around off, Cook comes forward and defends it watchfully. 12/1

8.3 M Morkel to Cook, A tad short outside off, easy leave for Cook. 12/1

8.2 M Morkel to A Cook, Pitched up outside off, Cook presses forward and drives it to covers. Morkel will be happy to see him coming forward since Cook isn’t quite a one to play on his front foot a lot. 12/1

8.1 M Morkel to A Cook, Fuller around off, Cook looks to defend coming forward but the bat turns his hands and he gets it towards short leg. 12/1

7.6 V Philander to Ballance, That kept low! A length ball around leg, keeps low, Ballance manages to get his bat down in time to keep it out. 12/1

7.5 V Philander to Ballance, FOUR! Edged! Philander bowls it around off, Ballance looks to defend but gets it off the outer half down to third man for a boundary. He gets off the mark as well. 12/1

7.4 V Philander to Ballance, This time on the inner half! Lands it around middle, Ballance looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 8/1

7.3 V Philander to Ballance, Gary gets behind the line of the ball and defends it. 8/1

7.2 V Philander to G Ballance, Edged! Just around middle and off, Ballance defends it with soft hands towards gully. 8/1

Nasser Hussain spots that Morkel has bowled a tad wide to Cook. Maybe to get him forward on the angle and make him drive?

7.1 V Philander to Ballance, Wide enough for Ballance to let this one go through. 8/1

6.6 M Morkel to Cook, Turns it through mid-wicket off the crease for a brace. That too wasn’t off the middle of the bat. 8/1

6.5 M Morkel to Cook, Off the mark! Full around off, Cook comes forward to defend but does so off the inner half through the leg side for a couple of runs. 6/1

6.4 M Morkel to Cook, Good length outside off, left alone by Cook. 4/1

6.3 M Morkel to Cook, An easy leave for Cook this time. 4/1

6.2 M Morkel to Cook, Lets this one go outside off. 4/1

6.1 M Morkel to Cook, Good length outside off, lifts off the surface, Cook lets it go through. 4/1

5.6 V Philander to Ballance, Hurls it around middle, Ballance is right behind it and defends it. 4/1

In walks Gary Ballance. He has a lot to prove here. There is a short leg in place, short cover as well.

5.5 V Philander to Jennings, OUT! Philander does not take long to strike! A length ball around off, straightens a tad. Jennings plays down the wrong line and leaves a big gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through the gap and disturbs the stumps. The perfect start for South Africa and Philander. Keaton’s bad run at the top continues and so does England’s search for an opener to replace Andrew Strauss and partner Cook. Replays show that Jennings’ bat came across the ball and hence he could not cover the line of the ball in time. 4/1

5.4 V Philander to Jennings, Philander hurls it around off, on a length, Jennings has to play at it. He does so with soft hands and hence the edge does not carry to Faf du Plessis going to his left at second slip. 4/0

5.3 V Philander to Jennings, Jennings stays in his crease and looks to defend and does so off his back foot. 4/0

Short leg goes out and there is a squarer short cover.

5.2 V Philander to Jennings, Pitched up around off, Jennings comes forward and defends it watchfully. 4/0

5.1 V Philander to Jennings, Right on the money! Full and just around off, Jennings pushes it uppishly towards covers. Maharaj hares after it, gets to it, fumbles a touch but recovers well to stop the ball. Two runs taken. 4/0

As expected, Vernon Philander to run in from the other end.

4.6 M Morkel to Cook, Full and outside off, left alone by Cook. 2/0

4.5 M Morkel to K Jennings, Shorter in length on middle, Jennings pulls it towards the deep backward square leg region for a single. He gets off the pair and will be relieved man. 2/0

4.4 M Morkel to Jennings, Jennings prods forward and lets this one go through safely. 1/0

4.3 M Morkel to Jennings, Brings this one into the batsman from outside off, left alone watchfully. 1/0

4.2 M Morkel to Jennings, A tad short outside off, punched off the back foot towards point by Keaton. 1/0

4.1 M Morkel to Jennings, Starts off with a good length ball outside off, left alone by Jennings. 1/0

Time for play! Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings are stride out to bat. They have a huge task on hand. South Africa begin the day with Morne Morkel. Three slips in place along with a gully and short leg. Here we go…

The highest target chased by England at Trent Bridge is 284 against New Zealand, way back in 2004. History is with the South Africans. They will bank on their bowlers to come good on a surface which has had something for everyone. Faf du Plessis will be at his aggressive best to ensure his side can draw level the series and keep it alive. Should be a fighting day of cricket. Stay tuned for all the action.

Hello everyone and welcome to the coverage of Day 4 of the second Test between England and South Africa in Nottingham. The visitors are sitting pretty on top after setting a monumental target in front of the hosts. Joe Root and co played their shots in their first innings but will they do it again or will they resort to playing old-school cricket?

… Day 4, Session 1 …

Just four overs but England have understood the enormity of the task at hand. Both Cook and Jennings have survived the scare, albeit just, as the former successfully overturned a decision to remain undefeated at close. A monumental task awaits the hosts with two full days and a tricky pitch to counter. Earlier in the day, Amla along with du Plessis and the lower order swelled the lead for the visitors with England’s bowling ground into dust. South Africa are bossing the game and the first two sessions will be vital for England to have any chance. Join us tomorrow at 1100 local, 1000 GMT for the action. Cheers!

3.6 V Philander to Cook, Just short of a good length around off, nips in sharply to rap Cook high on the pads. Slight excitement among the Proteas but that was going over the stumps. With that, it shall be STUMPS ON DAY 3. 1/0

3.5 V Philander to Cook, Back of a length outside off, defends solidly from the crease. 1/0

3.4 V Philander to Cook, The edge doesn’t carry! After a few inswingers, Philander opts for the away curler and finds the edge as well. Just short of the gully fielder. 1/0

3.3 V Philander to Cook, Pitched up around off, jags in just a bit as Cook adjusts to defend solidly. 1/0

3.2 V Philander to Cook, Back of a length outside off, stays back and defends it to the on side. 1/0

3.1 V Philander to Cook, Peach from Philander! Brings it in from a good length landing on middle stump to rap Cook on the pads. A tad high and the lbw appeal is turned down. Probably too high. 1/0

2.6 M Morkel to Jennings, Big appeal but turned down! Fullish and on middle, Jennings fails to flick and is struck on the pads. Probably just going down leg. 1/0

2.5 M Morkel to Jennings, Just short of a fuller length outside off, Jennings checks his push drive towards short cover. 1/0

Two gullies in place.

2.4 M Morkel to Cook, Leg bye! Fullish and drifting onto the pads, Cook fails to connect the flick and it goes off the pads down to fine leg. It’s a leg bye as the batsmen cross. 1/0

2.3 M Morkel to Cook, Fullish and angled in on off stump, pushed off the front foot towards cover. 0/0

2.2 M Morkel to Cook, Harmless good length ball that is well outside off, Cook isn’t going to play at those. 0/0

2.1 M Morkel to Cook, On a good length wider outside off, left alone to the keeper. 0/0

1.6 V Philander to Jennings, Back of a length around off stump, nips on sharply as Jennings looks to defend. Gets an inside edge onto his thigh. 0/0

1.5 V Philander to Jennings, Keeps it on a length around off stump, Jennings is compact in defence from the crease. 0/0

1.4 V Philander to Jennings, That was close! Length ball just outside off, nips in sharply as Jennings makes a good leave. 0/0

1.3 V Philander to Jennings, Fractionally short of a good length outside off, Jennings waits and jabs it towards the man at point. 0/0

1.2 V Philander to K Jennings, Just short! Philander gets a bit of extra bounce from the good length area as Jennings tries to fend at it. Finds the outside edge that goes on the bounce towards gully. 0/0

1.1 V Philander to Jennings, Good length delivery just outside off stump, Jennings lets it pass. 0/0

Vernon Philander to share the new cherry. Three slips, a gully and a short leg in place.

0.6 M Morkel to Cook, Slightly fuller and outside off, Cook gets forward and defends solidly to cover. 0/0

0.5 M Morkel to Cook, Good length ball outside off, Cook doesn’t offer a shot to that one. 0/0

0.4 M Morkel to Cook, On a length wider outside off, no shot offered to that one. 0/0

0.3 M Morkel to Cook, Length ball outside off, defended solidly off the front foot. 0/0

0.2 M Morkel to Cook, Beaten! Morkel is breathing fire. On a shortish length outside off, Cook fishes at it and is lucky not to get an edge. 0/0

0.1 M Morkel to Cook, What a start! COOK SURVIVES! Morkel starts with a lovely inswinger on a length that pings Cook on the pads while on the shuffle. Late appeal by the Proteas but it’s suddenly intense and the umpire’s finger goes up. Cook opts for the review. It did strike him a tad high. Replays show that there is no bat involved, Snicko and Hot Spot confirm it. Ball tracking shows the impact to be in line but going over the stumps. Huge sigh of relief across the ground and in the England dressing room. Cook is vital to their chances of fighting hard in this game. Nevertheless, cracking start by Morkel. 0/0




First Published: July 17, 2017, 3:02 PM IST




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