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It was a relatively predictable tactic from South Africa's skipper, and although he almost perished attempting a second expansive lofted shot in the same Dawson over, he was taken out of the attack having gone at over five runs per over.

South Africa's unlikely bid to win the first Test against England was receding rapidly at tea on the fourth day at Lord's on Sunday.

Joe Root, in his first Test as captain, was out for 190. That left England 149 for 5 and it ought to have been 158 for 6 when Bairstow lofted Maharaj towards Philander, only for the fielder to drop it on to the rope. He shuffled down the pitch to Moeen Ali and chipped the ball straight back to the bowler to be out for just two.

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada reacts after pitching a delivery during the first test between England and South Africa at Lord's cricket
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada reacts after pitching a delivery during the first test between England and South Africa at Lord's cricket

Moeen had missed out on his first Lord's hundred but passed 2000 Test runs during his innings of 87.

His return gave Ali overall figures of 10 for 112 - the first 10-wicket match-haul of his 38-Test career.

The visitors reply got off to a awful start when Heino Kuhn made just one before edging a Broad delivery to first slip, and former captain Alastair Cook made no mistake with the catch.

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Hashim Amla had purred along beside Dean Elgar but when he tried to work an off-break from Moeen on to the leg side he misjudged both the length of the ball and the amount of turn.

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Two balls after Root went‚ Morkel trapped Liam Dawson in front and England were 367/7. Elgar attacked him early on, forcing him out of the attack after four overs for 29, although an exploratory second spell later in the day was marginally more successful.

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South Africa are already without star players AB de Villiers (rest, or possible retirement) and Dale Steyn (shoulder injury) and could ill afford to lose Philander as well.

De Bruyn was eventually seen off by Anderson (1-27) but nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (9 not out) survived a late test to remain at the crease alongside Bavuma, who is unbeaten on 48.

Concerns had been expressed that captaincy would reduce Root's effectiveness as a batsman. That redoubtable record looked set to come under threat over the next two days as England ground their way into a dominant position in the first Test of the series. It took a pair of ticklish stands featuring Broad to get them there, however, as South Africa surged back into contention with the second new ball. When Bairstow was stumped for 51 off Maharaj, South Africa's prospects of winning had all but faded.

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South Afirca's bowlers enjoyed a devastating morning, taking seven wickets at a cost of 63 runs - although, at the same time, every success increased the sense that they may have a hard chase on. At 314-8, South Africa's lunch had soured. Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow all fell to his bowling.


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