South Africa on pinnacle as England labour with the bat

South Africa on pinnacle as England labour with the bat

South Africa’s Anrich Nortje took the crucial wickets of captain Joe Root and talisman Ben Stokes as England struggled to 262 for 9 at stumps on the first day of the second test on Friday.

Pace bowler Nortje, playing his fourth test, finished with 2-54 off 17 overs as the domestic facet restrained the vacationers on a Newlands wicket that was once expected to be full of runs.

A late cameo from Ollie Pope, one of three adjustments to the journeying side’s line-up after they misplaced the first take a look at with the aid of 107 runs, lifted England’s gloom slightly as he defied the 2nd new ball to finish unbeaten on 56.

“It’s a desirable wicket however there is something there for the seamers, so we’ll see how it pans out in the next two days,” said Pope, who was once caught in the deep in the penultimate over of the day however earned a reprieve when Kagiso Rabada’s shipping proved to be a no-ball.

The rest of England’s pinnacle batsmen contrived to get themselves out when they looked set for a prolonged spells at the crease with Stokes brushed aside for 47 and Root 35.

Joe Denly contributed 38 and Dom Sibley 34 but it is the home side who will be extra comfy after England received the toss.

They misplaced Zak Crawley (4) in the 0.33 over as he edged Vernon Philander to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

The 21-year-old was making his second check look after being introduced in to change the injured Rory Burns, who damage his ankle playing soccer on Thursday in the modern day setback for England on a calamity-filled tour.

Sibley used to be additionally snagged in the back of off Rabada simply before lunch followed, in the afternoon session, by Root, caught off his gloves as he ducked into a vicious bouncer.

Denly used to be bowled by means of a full shipping from spinner Keshav Maharaj and Stokes, who hit a career-high 258 at the picturesque Cape Town ground four years ago, was establishing to appear unsafe when he chipped to Dean Elgar at more cover.

The sloppy shot left Stokes protecting his face in disbelief earlier than trudging off.

Jos Buttler (29) threatened a counter-attack earlier than Dwaine Pretorius halted his progress and then bowled Sam Curran and Dom Bess used to be out first ball off the first shipping with the second new ball from Philander as De Kock took a fifth catch.

“We caught to our disciplines, so it was a distinctly properly day. We can run with that,” Pretorius said.

A yorker from Rabada accounted for Stuart Broad but Pope attacked the new ball to add an unbeaten 28 runs for the last wicket with James Anderson, who will resume on three not out