Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    3.6 another huge appeal! And a review... that inswinger is really troubling Cook. A long look from the umpire but declined on the field, probably on the grounds of another inside-edge ... but where has the ball gone after flicking the pad ... into de Kock's gloves, that's where! That is caught behind, and the wickets keep tumbling this morning! 3/1
    4.1 and another! As I was saying, the ball dominating. Round the wicket, short of a length, angled in at off stump, straightens off the seam and it's a regulation outside edge 3/2
    18.1 bowled! Stuck on the crease, as is his wont, and a loose pokey push to a full-length ball. Inside-edged into his back leg and onto his off stump! 86/3
    29.1 edged and gone! Root's languid aggression gets the better of him, as he goes hard at a ball that gets big in the channel and takes a thin edge to the diving de Kock. That's a massive moment in the Test, as Root is the one man who has transcended the conditions 143/4
    40.1 what a ball! That is a gem. Drifts in, pitches on middle, spins, beats the outside edge and cleans up Bairstow. Maharaj is off on a mini-Tahir run. That's a lovely piece of left-arm spin 177/6
    36.3 and he's done it! Another huge moment. What a bonus, wicket for the spinner. This bounces a little outside off, Stokes playing forward gets an inside edge which loops off the pad and through to de Kock. Bobble up out of de Kock's gloves, but he kept calm and alert to gather the rebound. Well, they are checking with the third umpire. The no-ball is fine, but did it hit the keeper's helmet? Well, well. This is actually quite close. Has it grazed the grille? Or just taken the shoulder. Taking a long look at this. Eventually the third umpire confirms it's okay and Stokes goes 168/5
    47.1 full length, and that's a flaccid departure from Moeen! Hanging back, in expectation of another bouncer, his weight wasn't leaning into the shot, and point snaffles a lofted drive! 199/7
    48.2 a dirty slog across the line, a spiralling top-edge, and that's not the way to reduce the deficit! Amla gathers in his mother's pinny at square leg, and Maharaj has a very impressive three-for in next to no time 199/9
    47.2 full and straight, and that's got to be close! Morris is off on a celebrappeal, and sure enough, South Africa review. Yep, hitting leg, and Broad has got a first-baller! He was back in his crease, fully expecting the bouncer, and was sold a complete pup by some intelligent bowling 199/8
    51.5 edged and gone! A fierce delivery, lifting into the splice, deflected to second slip and comfortably gobbled. England have tumbled from 143 for 3 to 205 all out ... and a deficit of 130 205/10
    not out
    15 (b 4, lb 10, w 1)
    205 all out (51.5 Overs, RR: 3.95)
    Fall of wickets: 1-3 (AN Cook, 3.6 ov), 2-3 (KK Jennings, 4.1 ov), 3-86 (GS Ballance, 18.1 ov), 4-143 (JE Root, 29.1 ov), 5-168 (BA Stokes, 36.3 ov), 6-177 (JM Bairstow, 40.1 ov), 7-199 (MM Ali, 47.1 ov), 8-199 (SCJ Broad, 47.2 ov), 9-199 (LA Dawson, 48.2 ov), 10-205 (MA Wood, 51.5 ov)
    M Morkel1324523.4600
    VD Philander1324823.6900
    CH Morris8.513834.3000
    D Olivier703905.5710
    KA Maharaj1012132.1000
    6.2 edged, and taken at second slip! Anderson has worked over Kuhn. This is a good-length ball just outside off, brings him forward and it's snaffled low down by Root 18/1
    42.5 and that tactic has worked! Good effort from Stokes. Keeps it short, angled in at Elgar from round the wicket, he gets into a horrid tangle as he seems in two minds whether to pull, hook or leave and ends up splicing a catch to backward square leg 153/2
    68.6 he's got him again! Big shout for lbw and Root called for the review. Given not out by Paul Reiffel. Amla a long way down the pitch as he used his feet, missed his whip across the line of the delivery. Height certainly not an issue. And it's straightened enough! Smashing middle stump 216/4
    43.3 done it! Back-to-back wickets for England. A lovely piece of bowling. Angled across the left hander on a good length, de Kock keen to get forward and it's a thin edge to Bairstow 154/3
    90.3 full, straight, keeps low, up goes the finger! But Faf reviews, maybe he thinks it's sliding down? Maybe he knows he has to use them or lose them as the last recognised batsman. But there's no reprieve. England have the breakthrough! 275/6
    79.5 thumped in the air, to wide mid-off! That's a careless way to go with the new ball imminent. Bavuma looking to stay positive, but scuffed his lofted drive straight to Root. An opening for England, or just a stay of execution? 253/5
    103.6 goes for another slog sweep, takes the toe and Moeen snaffles the return catch. That brings the declaration 343/9
    97.6 has a big swing across the line, gets a hefty top edge and Ballance just about judges a solid catch running from short fine leg. For a moment there may have been some confusion between the fielders 304/7
    99.5 super catch at long-on! Broad has made excellent ground to gather that. Maharaj used his feet, tried to clear the straight boundary but it didn't have the legs. Broad ran around from long on, then dived full length to his left. Top effort late in the day 307/8
    not out
    16 (b 8, lb 8)
    343/9d (104 Overs, RR: 3.29)
    Did not bat: D Olivier
    Fall of wickets: 1-18 (HG Kuhn, 6.2 ov), 2-153 (D Elgar, 42.5 ov), 3-154 (Q de Kock, 43.3 ov), 4-216 (HM Amla, 68.6 ov), 5-253 (T Bavuma, 79.5 ov), 6-275 (F du Plessis, 90.3 ov), 7-304 (CH Morris, 97.6 ov), 8-307 (KA Maharaj, 99.5 ov), 9-343 (VD Philander, 103.6 ov)
    JM Anderson2044522.2500
    SCJ Broad1946003.1500
    MA Wood1856803.7700
    MM Ali1627844.8700
    BA Stokes2043421.7000
    LA Dawson1114213.8100

Close of Play

  • Fri, 14 Jul - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 309/6 (VD Philander 54*, CH Morris 23*, 90 ov)
  • Sat, 15 Jul - day 2 - South Africa 2nd innings 75/1 (D Elgar 38*, HM Amla 23*, 22 ov)
  • Sun, 16 Jul - day 3 - England 2nd innings 1/0 (AN Cook 0*, KK Jennings 0*, 4 ov)
  • Mon, 17 Jul - day 4 - England 2nd innings 133 (44.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Quick end


Overs faced by England in this Test. The last time they faced less than 100 overs in a home Test, getting all-out in both inns, was at Headingley in Ashes 2009.

Bairstow v Maharaj


Bairstow's average against Maharaj in this series. In 3 of the 4 inns he has got out to him scoring 36 runs off 68 balls. Against others: 86 off 143 with 1 dismissal.

away at home


Cook's average at Trent Bridge, his lowest at any home venue. In 17 innings he has just one fifty.

Big task


Highest target successfully chased by England, at MCG in 1928. The highest at Trent Bridge is 284, by Eng v NZ in 2004.

Amla's double


Last time Amla scored 50+ in both innings of an away Test - 80 & 118* in Dubai. Between 2008 and 2010 he had made the double 4 times in away Tests.

Top stand


The partnership between Elgar and Amla, their first century stand in 27 innings in Tests. Their previous best was 78, also against England, in Cape Town last year



Runs for which England lost their last four wickets. Last time they lost their last 4 wkts for 6 or fewer runs at home was in 2013.



Gary Ballance's average in last 13 Tests and 24 inns, with just 2 fifties. In his first 10 Tests, he averaged 67.93 with 4 100s and 5 50s in 17 inns.

Openers go cheaply


Last time England's openers aggregated fewer runs in a Test innings, than the 3 runs in this Test. In Faisalabad, 2005, both their openers had got ducks.

Philander's bunny?


Cook's average against Philander - 52 runs, 5 wickets in 9 inns. It is the most Philander has dismissed any batsman in his career.

Anderson-Broad pair


No. of wickets between Anderson and Broad in the 92 Tests they played together. Only one fast bowling pair has more wickets - 762 by Ambrose-Walsh in 95 Tests.

Rules Trent Bridge


No. of 5-wkt hauls for Anderson at Trent Bridge, his most at any venue. No other bowler has more than 4 5-fors at this venue.

Amla's nemesis


No. of times Amla has got out to Broad, the most to any bowler in Tests. He was out to Johnson 7 times. Amla averages 39.12 per dismissal against Broad.