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Summary

  1. South Africa close with a lead of 205
  2. England collapse from 143-3 to 205ao
  3. Root 78, Bairstow 45, Maharaj 3-21, Morris 3-38
  4. SA 335: Amla 78, De Kock 68, Anderson 5-72

Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye...

Right that's all from us.

Have a read of Stephan Shemilt's report of the day's play. It sums up everything perfectly and features a typically opinionated Geoffrey.

That wicket button got quite a working over today. More of the same tomorrow?

Is there any way England can get back into this game?

I'll be back tomorrow at 10:30 BST. See you then.

'England a batter light'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I said it before the first Test at Lord's England are a batter light. You don't need six bowling options. This is the kind of team you pick after winning test match after test match. You have three all-rounders in Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow so pack the batting. All the players from Joe Root down will give you chances. England lost eight Tests last year. They need to pack the batting. They are not good enough or winning enough games to go with that line up.

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Bairdy: Joe Root learning quickly that this captaincy lark ain't as easy as it's made out to be.

Andrew Beaumont: Crime to play more than five bowlers, depressingly defensive, Bairstow is not a 5; Ballance and Dawson are not test class

Bob Hawkins: I used to moan about Kevin Pietersen & his 'I only have one way to play'...now we've got a whole team doing it

'I can't see anything but a South Africa win from here'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

A lot of England's players look like they are premeditating their shots. The best way is to watch the ball and react. Not enough of them want to trust their technique. If that's the way you play you will lose Test matches. They allow teams back into the match.

Everything went Root's way at Lord's but his team have put England on the back foot. I can't see anything but a South Africa win from here. He will be challenged as an England captain in the next 24 hours that's for sure.

And South Africa battled their way to the close for the loss of just one wicket.

Dean Elgar is unbeaten on 38 and Amla 23 as the Proteas built a lead of 205 and put themselves well in command of this second Test.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I worry about the mentality of the Test batting because as soon as the things get difficult - it swings around or spins - they play aggressively.

The players didn't read the situations. Morne Morkel was coming to the end of the spell, and Joe Root plays the big shot. He has to better at reading the situation. I love attacking cricket but not in Test match cricket all the time. I don't think they trust their games to survive for a long time.

England didn't do the hard yards to get themselves in a good position to capitalise.

But Root was out with the score on 143 and from there England collapsed to 205 all out with a mix of poor shots and good bowling.

That gave South Africa a first innings lead of 130.

Joe Root then batted better than any player on either side racing his way to 78 from 76 balls.

He was ably helped by Gary Ballance who made 27 in the pairs' partnership of 83.

But South Africa started brilliantly through Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander and had England 3-2 in no time with both openers back in the hutch.

The day actually started perfectly for England with James Anderson quickly taking the four remaining South African wickets to finish with 5 for 72 as South Africa were all out for 335.

Interesting quotes from James Anderson there.

England are indeed in a tricky position.

Let's have a look at how that's happened.

'Not a great day for us'

England James Anderson on Test Match Special: "We are in a tricky position. It was not a great day for us. We did well to bowl them out for 350 but didn't get it right with the bat.

"We are up against it but we will dust ourselves down and try to get back in the game. They batted well in the final session. Elgar and Amla are world class players.

"The batters have been fantastic over the previous months and you are going to have days like this, especially with a young side. You just have to keep them to a minimum.

"Joe Root was fantastic and played a great counter attacking knock when we were struggling. The first Test was plain sailing for him as captain but it's a real test here."

South Africa's Chris Morris speaking to Sky Sports: "It has been an excellent day of cricket for us. The guys showed guts and fought hard at the end to get to the close. We are pretty chuffed.

"Vernon and Morne were excellent this morning. The key is to keep asking the right questions.

"I was struggling with the swing but Faf said 'just come in and bowl fast' and it worked for me."

South Africa's batsmen started the day at the crease and end it at the crease but it is very much their day.

15 wickets have fallen today.

It has been exciting stuff.

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

You have to say South Africa are back in this series. It's the day the series came alive. A contest is on now.

Close of play

Elgar 38 Amla 23

And that is that. Very little threat from Dawson to end the day.

South Africa close day two 205 runs ahead of England.

The best day the tourists have had in this series by far.

England looking distressed
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Isaac Christopher‏: How long do we persist with Mark Wood because he's quick and had a good Ashes series? One wicket out of 31 in this series so far.

Karen‏: Have England given up? Not a very good performance by them so far.

John Hamilton: Swann feels sorry for the bolwers-theyr'e tired!!! A load of tosh-some commentators are too close to their mates on the pitch.

SA 75-1

South Africa lead by 205

Elgar already has a nasty bruise on the arm but is going to carry on.

He's clearly in pain as his arm comes straight off the bat after playing a forward defensive. The opener shakes it out to fight the pain.

I think he's got the right idea here. Elgar lets the rest of Stokes' over go by.

We'll have one more over and it will be bowled by Liam Dawson...

The little break gives us chance to admire this nice shot from Amla off Moeen earlier.

SA 75-1

Elgar 38 Amla 23

There's not long to go until the close and we're going to have a pause which will eat into more time.

I think Dean Elgar is genuinely in pain here as a ball from Stokes gets through and hits him on the back forearm.

Out comes the magic spray.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

With the way he is playing Hashim Amla is basically saying to Moeen Ali here, you can bowl that line but I know you are not going to turn it that much.

SA 75-1

It has been an accomplished innings from Dean Elgar today. He's got a bit of rough to deal with against Moeen but it playing him well. This one was in the air for a while but in the end it gave him one of his six fours.

SA 75-1

South Africa lead by 205

If there was ever a time England needed Ben Stokes to live up to his 'he makes things happen' tag then this is it.

The South African lead is 203 - England only made 205 in their first innings - as he comes into the attack.

Stokes hits Amla on the pad. Huge appeal from Stokes. The all-rounder wants a review but Root isn't having it. I think the one Stokes persuaded his skipper into taking upstairs in the first innings worked against him there. Replays show it was umpire's call so the right decision from Root.

England's Ben Stokes
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SA 73-1

South Africa lead by 203

It is all flat. Very flat. The crowd are quiet, Joe Root nips off the field leaving Ben Stokes in charge.

There's a bit of excitement! Amla skips down and whacks Moeen over his head for four.

That's poor from Moeen. He follows up the previous ball with a full toss and Amla gives it what it deserved. Four more.

SA 63-1

Shot! Elgar has hit some nice strokes but this is probably his best.

He drives back down the ground off Broad and it goes straight, straight enough to go through the legs of Amla at the non-strikers' end, and to the rope.

The lead is building worryingly from an England point of view.

SA 58-1

Elgar 32 Amla 14

"Yes Moeen, lovely Mo," says Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps in his broad Bradford accent as the spinner flights one up to Elgar.

Catch! No, no chance. Root has a man on the drive and Elgar's shot was in the air in a while but not within reach of the fielder.

The result, four more to the total.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

The England bowlers will get some criticism here for not looking threatening as South Africa's but the attack are tired. When you have only had three of four hours with your feet up it's tough to come out and do it again. I feel for England's bowlers. England look down and out and defeated now, there is not a lot of energy there. They need to be positive and believe they can bowl South Africa out for under 200. And they can!

SA 53-1

Elgar 28 Amla 14

First sign of spin and - thankfully for Liam Dawson's 'mentions' on Twitter I'd say - it is Moeen Ali into the attack.

SA 53-1

South Africa lead by 183 runs

Runs are flowing again. Two boundaries in the last over, two more in this. The first is a nice clip through mid-wicket but Elgar the second a squirt through the slips.

The second boundary results in Broad demanding a third man. Skipper Root obliges.

SA 45-1

South Africa lead by 175

Amla, like Elgar in the previous over, does a good job of making sure the ball doesn't carry to slip. His soft hands not only preserve his wicket but allow him to pick up four.

Four more! This pitch is a lot slower than the first innings and as a result Amla isn't hurried on the pull like previously and thumps the ball to the rope.

SA 37-1

South Africa lead by 167

Stuart Broad takes the first over after drinks. South Africa happy to keep milking singles and rotating the strike with 14 overs left in the day.

The England fast bowler finds the edge of Dean Elgar's bat with the final ball of the over but the South African opener plays it with soft hands. Joe Root with a smart bit of fielding to save four runs in the cordon.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

Mark Wood has looked a little flat so far. He has spent a lot of time in the field. It will be interesting to see how Joe Root goes with his tactics now. There is so much time left in the match so he has to look to bowl South Africa out. He will need catchers in place but at the same time he needs to keep an eye on the runs.

SA 33-1

South Africa lead by 163

It is all very straight up and down for Wood. He gets his first look at Amla after Elgar nicks a single but the South African calmly plays him straight back down the ground to mid off.

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VB: If Jimmy Anderson hadn't had his wilderness years he'd be miles ahead of Glenn McGrath by now. Majestic bowling every single time.

Chris Bevan‏: Absolute garbage. If I was Jimmy I'd be fuming!!! Bowlers did their job, batting selection is suspect, Geoffrey spot on.

Chris in Leigh: England getting a lot of stick for that batting performance and yes it wasn't great but would much rather us carry on with this attacking style rather than the England of old style! It Isn't going to come off every time but when it does we will bat teams out of the game!

SA 32-1

A third maiden in a row for England. They need wickets but at least the South African lead isn't rising too quickly. The run rate is just 2.90 runs an over and has dropped since the wicket of Kuhn.

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

The Smith Cooper stand, Trent Bridge's own version of the Western Terrace or Hollies Stand. I've seen stormtoopers, Mr Blobby and Batman.

Trent Bridge
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As I mentioned Joe Root's early time in change of the DRS decision have not been the best.

Thankfully for England this one to Heino Kuhn didn't matter as James Anderson had him out shortly after.

SA 32-1

Elgar 16 Amla 4

Wood nudges 88mph in his next over and bangs a few in to Elgar but this pitch is slow and the batsman isn't threatened.

Who can be the man to bowl South Africa out? Jimmy Anderson is about to start his sixth over so I think he might be out of the attack soon.

South Africa's Dean Elgar
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SA 32-1

Elgar 16 Amla 4

There's a bit of an issue with one of the foot holes just to the left of the umpire as Anderson runs in. It is filled with saw dust and every time Jimmy comes into his delivery stride a puff of dust is kicked up.

I'm telling you about saw dust because not much happened in that over. Amla blocks out a maiden.

SA 32-1

South Africa lead by 162

Not the best of starts for Wood as he concedes a similar boundary with Elgar driving through the covers.

10 runs from the over and no increase in the pace of the first ball.