Recent Match Report – England vs South Africa 1st Test 2022


Innings South Africa 326 (Erwee 73, Jansen 48, Elgar 47, Maharaj 41, Broad 3-71, Stokes 3-71) lead England 165 by 161 runs

England picked up the three wickets they were searching for on the third morning, but South Africa’s solid batting effort left them with a 161-run first-innings lead. Only one player passed 50 for South Africa, but nine of the XI reached double-figures to cement a strong position for the tourists.

The lead was already a handy 124 overnight, but England received a lift in the opening over of the day as Kagiso Rabada fell to Matthew Potts’ third ball. Rabada’s firm pull looked to be clearing Stuart Broad at wide mid-on, only for the 36-year-old to pull off a spectacular one-handed catch above his head.
With the second new ball almost due, England might have had thoughts of keeping South Africa below 300. But a sustained short-ball attack against Anrich Nortje, even once the old ball had been traded in, was unsuccessful as the No. 10 helped Marco Jansen add another 29 runs to the total.

Nortje dealt with the barrage capably, despite a couple of half-chances that did not go to hand, and began to push the scoreboard on, driving Ben Stokes sweetly through mid-on from one of the rare balls in his half.

Jansen, batting at No. 6 for the first time, was the more watchful, adding just seven runs to his overnight score before edging Broad to slip just shy of a maiden Test fifty, as England finally reverted to a more orthodox approach. Nortje thumped Stokes for two more fours, before Broad removed Lungi Ngidi via another catch in the cordon – Jonny Bairstow holding on at the second attempt.


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