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England v South Africa 2nd Test

15 July 2017

The gamble showed signs of paying off for South Africa as it reached 2-179 at tea against England after deciding to bat in hard conditions on the opening day of the second test on Friday.

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De Kock (18) and Bavuma were both bowled aiming across the line, with Theunis de Bruyn, Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada also falling to Worcestershire's Ali.

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During an interview in June, Allegri defended his decision to drop Bonucci against Porto and tipped him to be a future Juventus captain.

He added: "I think generally Lord's and Trent Bridge particularly (favour) overhead conditions". Since England and South Africa first met in March 1889 in Port Elizabeth their meetings - and non-meetings - have provided some of the most memorable episodes in cricket history.

The second Test match between England and South Africa kicks off on July 14, 2017 (Friday). Joe Root couldn't have asked for an easier start to his captaincy career. JP Duminy's poor form continued and Africans succumbed to a heavy defeat in the first Test.

In returning to Trent Bridge, England are back at a ground on which they have not lost a Test for 10 years.

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England ran out 211-run victors at Lord's last week and will hope to take a 2-0 lead in Nottingham. "Stuart is excited to get another opportunity to bowl on his home ground".

The one draw was against the same opponents in 2014, on a pitch so lifeless that in the days of timeless Tests the sides would probably still have been playing today. His last four Test innings against England - all in England - are 61, 35, 52 and 19 not out. "It's just about knowing we can do it and going into this next game and doing it".

'Root's leadership was impressive at Lord's but I'm not sure he ever needed to do anything out of the ordinary because the bowlers were always in the game, ' Hussain said in a column for the Daily Mail. Yes, South Africa look weak - arguably as weak as at any stage since readmission - and have greater questions to answer, but I'm not about to steam in to England at prices approaching 1/2 here when they went off evens last week. With Rabada suspended, South Africa would likely go to one of Morris or Olivier, both of whom offer little different to what Morkel already brings to the table.

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Joe Root (capt), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, Toby Roland-Jones, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Jimmy Anderson.

England v South Africa 2nd Test