'Groggy' Root proud to lead by example

England vs South Africa, 1st Test: South Africa rattle England before Joe Root digs deep

Rabada edged the ball to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow to give Dawson his first Test wicket in England.

Quinton de Kock made a superb counter-attacking fifty and Vernon Philander also chipped in with a fifty of his own, but those efforts weren't enough to stop England from halting South Africa's innings to grab a 97-run lead on the third day of the opening Test at Lord's.

Number 11 Morne Morkel provided more resistance, as Philander completed his 80-ball fifty in a last-wicket stand of 24, which ended when the senior partner got a little greedy against the returning Moeen and was bowled aiming to hit him into the pavilion.

Rabada had Mark Wood lbw two balls later.

Root, 26, became the sixth Englishman to post a century in his maiden Test knock as skipper, bringing up the milestone from 150 balls against South Africa on day one of the first Test at Lord's.

England twice lost two wickets for no runs in three balls on Friday yet passed 450 thanks to an entertaining last-wicket stand of 45 between Broad and James Anderson.

South Africa trailed by 362 runs and was only going along at three an over.

South Africa found themselves 104-4 at one point but a century partnership between Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn saw the tourists past 200 at the close.




It was the fast bowler's first fifty in almost four years.

It was a worrying absence for the Proteas, who will definitely be without another member of their pace attack for next week's second Test at Trent Bridge after Kagiso Rabada was banned from that match, as a result of a "totting-up" punishment under the ICC code of conduct for verbally abusing England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Thursday's first day at Lord's.

With the pitch still very good for batting, despite providing some occasionally prodigious turn for the spinners, England will look to effectively bat South Africa out of the game in the final session this evening.

But instead of homing in on the stumps they fed Stuart Broad's thirst for quick runs with a barrage of flaccid short-pitched deliveries.

Morkel had ended Root's six-and-a-quarter-hour stay - after he hit 27 fours and a six from 234 balls - in the third over of another glorious day, and then struck again nearly immediately when Dawson's recourse to DRS narrowly failed to overturn umpire Sundaram Ravi's decision.

By tea, Cook had struck six fours in his 50-ball innings, with South Africa wasting two reviews on England's former captain.

When Broad got a ball to jag back off the seam and trap JP Duminy leg before for 15, the South Africans were really up against it, only for Bavuma and De Bruyn to briefly steady the innings.

Having batted for most of the first day, Root did not last long second time around, drawn into pushing at a delivery of flawless length from Morkel, which seamed a fraction to take the outside edge.

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