England bowled out before lunch for a paltry 165 by South Africa after a lone bright spark Ollie Pope is dismissed for 73… as the Proteas go out to bat with a significant advantage at Lords
- England were bowled out for a paltry 165 by South Africa before lunch at Lord’s
- South Africa’s bowling attack continued to impress, doing some work on the tail
- Kagiso Rabada took five wickets after dismissing Ollie Pope in the 73rd over.
South Africa maintained their stranglehold on the first Test at Lord’s by bowling England out for 165 on the second morning, with Kagiso Rabada claiming an impressive five-wicket haul.
Rain halted the tour onslaught on day one as England struggled to 116 for six and were on the verge of posting their lowest total since the new regime of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum set about transforming red-ball cricket in this country.
As the hosts moved past the 141 they scored here against New Zealand in June, Rabada sent Ollie Pope back to the pavilion early and picked up five for 52 to end England’s first innings within an hour on day two.
South Africa’s bowling attack continued to hurt England as they were bowled out for 165
Lord’s was a sea of red with the home of cricket being ‘Red for Ruth’ for the fourth consecutive year in memory of Sir Andrew Strauss’ wife Ruth, who died in 2018.
All eyes were on Pope first and whether he could lead England to a competitive total when he resumed on 61 not out, but he should have been dismissed from the sixth ball of the morning.
Having confidently pulled Rabada for four earlier in the over, Pope went to first slip only to see Sarel Erwee make a mess of the catch at chest height.
Erwee spilled the first chance, almost held on to the second and failed to collect himself at the third attempt in hilarious fashion as he fell backwards.
Ollie Pope was the only bright spark for England in the first innings and was dismissed for 73
However, Pope did not cash in as he bowled on at the start of Rabada’s third over to go after adding 12 runs to his overnight total.
Stuart Broad, lined up for a nighthawk role by captain Stokes during last month’s Test with India, briefly lived up to his billing with two fours off Anrich Nortje able to take England past the 141 they managed here in June.
Rabada again proved too good, showing his variety with a slower ball that fooled England’s number eight, who could only chip a simple catch to the tourists’ skipper Dean Elgar at point.
Tailender Jack Leach tried to fight back with 15 of 17 but was soon bowled by Marco Jansen
Jack Leach followed team orders in trying to be aggressive and welcomed Marco Jansen into the attack with two boundaries but soon lost his stumps.
That meant James Anderson, fresh from celebrating his 40th birthday, walked out with England on 164 for nine.
Anderson lasted just one ball as Rabada pinned him in front to ensure his name will go up on the Lord’s roll of honor and put South Africa in control.