England vs South Africa, second Test day two live score updates – Telegraph.co.uk

England are banking on a change of fortune after having to settle for modest rewards on a fluctuating first day against South Africa at Trent Bridge.

Jonny Bairstow believes Stuart Broad and James Anderson might easily have put the tourists in trouble before lunch in the second Test, when cloud cover played its part after Faf du Plessis chose to bat first.

The wicketkeeper confirmed England would have bowled if the choice had been theirs on a morning when they managed just one wicket despite beating the edge regularly.

Hashim Amla (78) rode his luck at times, and it was only after Broad (three for 47) returned to see off the No 3 and his third-wicket partner Quinton de Kock (68) that England began to make progress – before South Africa rallied again to close on 309 for six.

Bairstow reflected on a day which therefore left both sides with their frustrations but hopes too that they are still in comfortably retrievable positions.

“It’s pretty even,” he said. “Obviously, it could have been quite heavily in their favour if we hadn’t got those four wickets in the last session.

“So credit to the way our bowlers bounced back, (but) also credit to the way they applied themselves with the bat.”

England dropped one catch, Amla escaping Alastair Cook’s clutches at slip on 56 – although several other edges or mishits did not go to hand, including one from the very last ball of the day when Chris Morris edged Ben Stokes just short of Joe Root.

“I thought we could have done perhaps better, but you’re always going to be looking at those little things,” added Bairstow. “There were a few that dropped short in the outfield at deep-square, couple that dropped short at slip – even that last ball – and it could be a different game.”

England vs South Africa, second Test day two live score updates – Telegraph.co.uk

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