South Africa suffered their first defeat of the ‘bazzball’ era to England as they won the first Test by an innings and 12 runs with more than two days to go at Lord’s on Friday. England were bowled out for 149 in their second innings before tea on the third day after losing in rain on Wednesday’s opening day as the Proteas effectively won the game in six seasons. left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj hit twice before fast bowler Enrique Nortje The Proteas, the world Test Championship table leaders, then took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with a brilliant spell of three wickets for no run in 10 balls.
Each of those victories, however, came after batting aggressively in the fourth innings, not setting a total, and the South African captain before this match. Dean Elgary He questioned whether the all-out attack policy would work against their formidable bowling line-up.
“Enrique Nortje’s spell broke the back of England’s innings,” Elgar said at the presentation ceremony.
“He ran with a lot of intent and anger. It was great to see where I stood, and I sure wasn’t good to face it.”
South Africa now have a few extra days to rest before the second Test at Old Trafford starting on Thursday, with opener Elgar saying: “We will enjoy tonight, I am sure. It is finally Friday.”
Stokes, who took over as captain Joe Root England have won just one of their last 17 Tests and have said it would be “foolish” for them to be anything other than disappointed.
But the all-rounder added: “We know, when we perform to the best of our abilities, we can deliver some incredible performances, as everyone has seen in the four games before this.
“It’s not a wake-up call or anything like that, unfortunately we didn’t execute the way we wanted to play this week and South Africa were better than us.”
Maharaj, who did not bowl at all in England’s first innings 165, stirred up the recession by removing Saturday’s innings Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope during a brilliant 2-6 spell in the three overs before lunch.
Maharaj, brought in as early as the seventh over in a tactical coup by Elgar, lbw Crowley for just 13 runs off his third ball, when the struggling opener missed a sweep.
Pope, whose 73 was the only half-century of England’s first innings, was lbw to Maharaj on the last ball of the season as he looked to work the ball legside.
Jonny Bairstow He came into this match after scoring four centuries in as many Tests and on Friday the Express was left behind for 18 runs off the delivery of fast Nortje.
Two balls later, England’s score of 86-5 became 86-6 when ben fox Fell for a duck, a careless weft outside off stump gives opposing gloveman Wren another easy chance.
Broad, with little to lose, made Nortje ideal to bat for a six in sunny conditions, despite taking his eyes off the ball.
but fast bowler Kagiso RabadaWho scored an excellent 5-52 in the first innings, a clever slow delivery to Broad as Tailander dodged Elgar at mid-off to end an entertaining 35-innings combined top score.
Left-arm Tej Jansen, who had earlier scored 48 runs in South Africa’s 326 runs on Friday, wrapped up the match with a thumping last man clean-bowl. James Anderson,
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