After a disappointing ICC Champions Trophy, a few senior players had flown back to South Africa to get some time off, from the game. To get themselves ready for an important 4 Test Series against England.
This past Thursday saw the Proteas take on England for the first Test at Lords Cricket Ground.
England won the toss and elected to bat first. South Africa started like a house on fire, they had England under the pump at 82/4 at Lunch. Some how the Proteas lost concentration, became very sloppy in the field, runs came easily for England, which then saw their captain Joe Root going on to score 190 runs. England ended up posting 458 runs in their first innings. Morkel took 4 for 115, Philander 3/67 and Rabada 3/123.
South Africa had a mammoth task, as they only managed 361 a/o in their first innings, leaving England with a 97 run lead.
A much improved bowling and fielding attack from the Proteas paid off as they bowled England out for 233 in their second innings, setting South Africa a 331 target on Day 4.
Elgar and Kuhn looked comfortable for 5 overs, then it was all downhill in the 7th over as the Proteas top 4 batting order collapsed. South Africa found themselves in deep trouble at 28/4. Bavuma and de Kock looked to consolidate things, until Quinton de Kock was unfortunate, dragging the ball onto the stumps, SA 64/5. South Africa were eventually bowled out for 119 runs. Moeen Ali the pick of the bowlers and Man Of The Match, taking 10 for 103.
This is South Africa’s first loss at Lords since 1960
England won the first test by 211 runs with a day to spare.