outside off, two in two. Game over! A flimsy poke to an off-stump lifter, and de Kock completes an utterly crushing win
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.
"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
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!
Duanne Olivier returns. Why not? Can he get a morale-boosting wicket?
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...
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
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 ...
swept to backward square
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
guided down to long-off for a single
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
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
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 ...
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...
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
speared out to cover, off the back foot
round the wicket, attacking the off stump, blocked to cover
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?
outside off, no stroke offered
solidly forward, blocked
back of a length, defended into the off side
tossed up and dips late, stroked to cover
back on the stumps this time. Blocked
solidly onto the front foot, and defended
|Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|Toss||South Africa, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||4-match series level 1-1|
|Match number||Test no. 2264|
|Hours of play (local time)||11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00|
|Match days||14,15,16,17 July 2017 - day (5-day match)|
Heartache tonight (and every night)
It's time to rediscover Test-match batting
Ballance ruled out of third Test with broken finger
Nottingham's the charm
|LA Dawson||not out||5||13|
|Total||133(10 wkts; 44.2 ovs)|