2nd Test, Nottingham, Jul 14-17 2017, South Africa tour of England
335 & 343/9d
(44.2 ov, target 474)
205 & 133
South Africa won by 340 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
• The Report by David Hopps

England routed as South Africa surge to series-levelling win

The excellence of South Africa's pace attack turned the Trent Bridge Test into a rout as England were dismissed in only 44.2 overs

Match centre 
Scorer: Thilak Ram
Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
South Africa335(96.2 overs)1st Innings
James Anderson5/72(23.2)
Stuart Broad3/64(22)
England205(51.5 overs)1st Innings
Joe Root78 (76)
South Africa343/9d(104 overs)2nd Innings
Hashim Amla87 (180)
Dean Elgar80 (136)
Moeen Ali4/78(16)
Ben Stokes2/34(20)
England133(44.2 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 450 runs • 2 wicket
ENG: 133/10CRR: 3 
Liam Dawson5 (13)
Duanne Olivier3.2-0-25-2
Keshav Maharaj12-2-42-3

3.35pm Thanks once again for all your feedback. Have a read of David Hopps' match report before you go, and be sure to be back here in nine days' time for what promises to be a fascinating and wildly unpredictable third Test at The Oval. From Miller, Gnasher, Thilak and the Trent Bridge team, good bye.

3.25pm So, that just about wraps things up. But here's Saeed: "This England performance (or lack thereof) puts into even greater perspective the impact players like Misbah-ul-Haq have had on their teams. His tuk-tuk (block-block) approach out to have many more takers now."

Pierre : "A bit off topic but surely this turnaround shows that Faf being captain in ODIs as Well may be SAs best chance for a World Cup? Amazing how the team responds to his captaincy " Couldn't agree more... he is such a vital factor in their revival.

Adam: "Verne bowled well but not sure if 5 wickets in the match is worthy of the MOM award! Amla should have got that for top scoring in both innings and taking the pressure of the middle and lower order." Don't forget his 96 runs in the match ... he alone batted for 26 overs, a quarter of the span of England's collective innings

Ian: "James Anderson started his batting career without a duck in 40 odd innings didn't he? He must be closing in on Atherton as the most ducky batsman in test history by now!" Fair point ... in fact he's surged ahead of him already!

Vernon Philander is the Man of the Match: "All the senior players put their hand up and made it easy for us. Coming into the Test I was a bit cold, but I got my groove going and I'm feeling a lot better."

On Morkel: "He makes it uncomfortable for batters, and they try and take me on. It's an awesome effort from all the bowlers. And our batsmen toughed it out, it looked ugly at times but came through key phases of the game."

Faf du Plessis: "It's not an easy gig. We just did the basics better," he says. "We want to put this performance towards Russell [Domingo, who has had a family bereavement]. There were periods in the first Test when we played well and England dominated us. Hashim and Heino's partnership was crucial, it was about absorbing pressure. And Morne's bowling was the best I've seen for him for some time."

Nine days off between Tests now: "Mentally I feel refreshed and strong, but we need to come back in a week's time with the same intensity."

3.20pm So, it's time for some presentations. Over to Athers with the questions. Here's Joe Root. "A contrast of emotions this past two weeks. It's important we stay tight and don't mope. We have to take the positives out of it and come back strong at The Oval. South Africa reacted to the conditions better than we did, we have to learn quickly from that, and react better. Credit has to go to South Africa, but we have to make sure we don't do this again."

On the top three: "It's not a concern, they just need runs." On Wood: "He worked hard, he's come through this game quite well, hopefully he'll come through for the next game."

"We want to get better and become more consistent ..." Not a lot to get the teeth into there from Joe

3.15pm John: "So, there are understandable question marks over two or three players in the line-up but, why are we still discussing England as a team that are consistently inconsistent? Why do this England team still struggle to dig in and bat with attrition when required? Is the answer to those questions Trevor Bayliss?" Hmm ... I suggest you stay tuned for George Dobell's take on that particular subject. It promises foggy metaphors aplenty.

3.10pm Noman: "Ok so I just went on a call for like 2 min and came back and the match is over? This is a test match right? Not the best advert by England here for test cricket." It was a Test match. It is now very much an ex-Test match. An extinct Test match. A ceased-to-be-Test match

Oh, and it's hello to Andrew Schulz, our resident angry ocker... Hint: If you want to be published, ease up on the swearwords, there's a good boy...

2.59pm What a stunning turnaround for South Africa. Humiliated at Lord's, and now splatting a whopping great custard-pie of a 340-run win, right in the middle of England's noggin. Faf du Plessis, South Africa's returning captain, has galvanised his team like few leaders since Mike Brearley in the 1981 Ashes, and now who knows what we've got in store for the next two Tests.

But England's effort ... good grief it was desperate. All out in a grand total of 96.1 overs - not even the equivalent of batting out their overs in consecutive ODI innings ...and they have got some frankly existential questions to address... they've lost six of their last eight Tests, 8 of their last 13, and, since 2015, they've now lost on eight separate occasions in the very next match after pulling off a victory.

Mustafa: "Haha! So much for this! Btw who will be the MOM? Amla maybe?" He's a worthy shout... Philander, maybe? Or Morris, simply for that exocet to Root this morning. One of the few genuine Test-class dismissals in this processional innings.

Andre: "Olivier might be the only man sitting on a hat-trick, and never getting another test." Harsh, but it seems likely he won't play at The Oval, with Rabada on his way back after suspension. Which, in turn, is another superb bit of captaincy from du Plessis. Giving his squad player a sense of belonging.

Olivier to Anderson, OUT
outside off, two in two. Game over! A flimsy poke to an off-stump lifter, and de Kock completes an utterly crushing win
JM Anderson c †de Kock b Olivier 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

"Oh Jimmy, Jimmy!" cry the crowd. At least one of England's players still deserves an ovation

Snaz: "what? Why no mention of the fact that england have now passed South africa´s first innings total?" There we go. Pyrrhic victories and all that. England have technically avoided an innings defeat

Olivier to Wood, OUT
he can you know! Back of a length, angled into the body, Wood rises on his toes, splices a thick edge, low to the gully!
MA Wood c Morris b Olivier 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Duanne Olivier returns. Why not? Can he get a morale-boosting wicket?

end of over 443 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 133/8CRR: 3.02 
Liam Dawson5 (13)
Mark Wood0 (0)
Keshav Maharaj12-2-42-3
Vernon Philander10-3-24-3
Maharaj to Dawson, no run
fully forward and blocked

Triumphant from South Africa, but good grief, this is desperate. Even Dean Elgar is probably feeling a bit flat at the moment, judging by his prescient comments last night...

Maharaj to Broad, OUT
aha, Broad obliges. Another pitiful dismissal, greeted with an empty, exasperated groan from a very dischuffed crowd. A big yawning slog sweep, a simple hole-out to Morkel at deep midwicket, who barely had to flinch to get into position for the take
SCJ Broad c Morkel b Maharaj 5 (13m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.66
Maharaj to Broad, no run
fully forward, blocked to cover

If England want to get bowled out inside a total of 100 overs, they need to start losing wickets again ...

Maharaj to Dawson, 1 run
swept to backward square
Maharaj to Broad, 1 run
down on the sweep, lots of noise behind the stumps but that was well enough connected behind square

Johan: "And to think SA was 1 KG light" I see what you've done there. Metrics or no metrics, they've managed to give England a pounding

Maharaj to Dawson, 1 run
guided down to long-off for a single
end of over 434 runs
ENG: 130/7CRR: 3.02 
Stuart Broad4 (9)
Liam Dawson3 (10)
Vernon Philander10-3-24-3
Keshav Maharaj11-2-39-2

Mitch: "I've just consulted my cloudy crystal ball. Broad gets his first test double-ton, while Dawson gets his inaugural ton. Then England collapse after lunch on Tuesday and lose by 3 runs..." I think you want a refund there, Mystic Mitch

Philander to Broad, no run
pushed to cover

damian: "Cricinfo should pick 11 posters moaning about England batting and field them for the next test. See if they fair any better with the bat against the SA attack" Err ... we could, but I'm not sure the England selectors would pay much heed

Philander to Broad, no run
cracked to cover, fine fielding from Kuhn to intercept

Sean: "Isn't Bayliss the problem here? He's the one who instilled this 'positive', 'attacking' approach that is very high risk. As a result, England are a very inconsistent side incapable of batting for long periods." George Dobell, I've warned you about using pseudonyms here ...

Philander to Broad, FOUR runs
slashed in the air ... and just clear of Bavuma at backward point. Leaning back on the drive, and got away with it

Visnu: "Hi Miller, I like to know, will England have a selection meeting for the last two tests, or is it the same squad?" They named an unchanged squad after Lord's. I daresay they might want to have a chat before The Oval...

Philander to Broad, no run
stabbed out to cover

Supradeep: "Is there any chance of slipping in varun chopra into the team will give necessary. Been a huge fan of him lately and frustrated that many partners for cook have been tried post Strauss except varun chopra." I'd be surprised ... but England are certainly in the market for yet another opener ... Jennings might get one or two more games though

Philander to Broad, no run
speared out to cover, off the back foot
Philander to Broad, no run
round the wicket, attacking the off stump, blocked to cover
end of over 42Maiden
ENG: 126/7CRR: 3 
Liam Dawson3 (10)
Stuart Broad0 (3)
Keshav Maharaj11-2-39-2
Vernon Philander9-3-20-3

Wasim Ebrahim: "Cricket's a funny game. After Lords I thought, england have such a balanced team. 2 spinners, 4 seamers, 2 quality allrounders etc. Now I'm thinking SA have a balanced team, with De Kock, Amla, Philander, Morris, Morkel all in form. Rabada back next game too! Love it." Curious, isn't it?

Maharaj to Dawson, no run
outside off, no stroke offered
Maharaj to Dawson, no run
solidly forward, blocked
Maharaj to Dawson, no run
back of a length, defended into the off side
Maharaj to Dawson, no run
tossed up and dips late, stroked to cover
Best performances - batsmen
HM Amla
87 runs (180)
14 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
24 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
D Elgar
80 runs (136)
12 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
cover drive
20 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
JM Anderson
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
MM Ali
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
Match details
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of England
Player Of The Match
Vernon Philander
Series result4-match series level 1-1
Match numberTest no. 2264
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days14,15,16,17 July 2017 (5-day match)
Simon Fry
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
Alex Wharf
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe