South Africa’s Rabada and Nortje rock England in first Check

South Africa quicks Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje did the injury as England slumped to 116-6 earlier than heavy rain compelled an early finish to the opening day of the primary Check at Lord’s on Wednesday.

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada (R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of England’s Zak Crawley throughout play on the opening day of the primary Check match between England and South Africa on the Lord’s cricket floor in London on 17 August 2022. Image: Adrian DENNIS/AFP

LONDON – South Africa quicks Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje did the injury as England slumped to 116-6 earlier than heavy rain compelled an early finish to the opening day of the primary Check at Lord’s on Wednesday.

Rabada, handed match following an ankle harm, eliminated openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley early on throughout a return of 2-36 in 12 overs.

And Nortje, one among eight South Africans enjoying their first Check in England, grabbed three wickets, together with the scalp of house captain Ben Stokes.

Solely Ollie Pope, with an unbeaten 61, provided extended resistance earlier than rain arrived half an hour after lunch.

Following weeks of searing temperatures in England, Wednesday’s dangerous climate meant solely 32 overs have been potential earlier than play was halted early within the second session, by which era South Africa had nonetheless ripped by the highest order.

“There was a bit within the wicket as we speak and I feel we obtained rewards for placing the ball in the precise areas,” stated the 27-year-old Rabada, now in his 53rd Check.

England’s plight would have been significantly worse however for Pope.

“I assumed he was improbable as we speak. Our mantra of attempting to place the opposition below stress, he did that brilliantly,” stated assistant coach Paul Collingwood.

The previous England all-rounder insisted the workforce’s aggressive batting strategy was “not going to alter”.

“The one factor when you find yourself on wickets with plenty of help, you don’t need the bowler to suppose he can put it in the identical space and get outcomes,” he added.


England got here into the sport with an ideal document of 4 wins from as many Checks below their new management pairing of Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.

All of these victories had been achieved by chasing down targets within the fourth innings, one thing that can’t occur on this match after South Africa captain Dean Elgar received the toss and fielded on a green-tinged pitch below overcast skies.

Elgar’s doubts over whether or not England might preserve their aggressive strategy with the bat towards an assault that has helped South Africa climb to the highest of the World Check Championship desk have been quickly justified.

Spearhead quick bowler Rabada had left-hander Lees caught behind for 5 and eliminated struggling fellow opener Crawley for 9 after he nicked a ball that nipped away low to Aiden Markram at second slip.

Joe Root was powerless to cease the rot, with the star batsman lbw for eight to an enormous inswinger from towering left-arm paceman Marco Jansen, a choice upheld after the previous England captain’s overview.

Jonny Bairstow had made 106 and an unbeaten 114 throughout England’s most up-to-date Check, a seven-wicket win over India at Edgbaston final month.

However he was bowled for a five-ball duck by Nortje as he tried to drive on the up, with England slumping to 55-4.

Pope accomplished a 69-ball fifty however, with the final supply of the session, Nortje squared up Stokes to have the all-rounder caught within the slips for 20, leaving England on 100-5 on the interval.

That grew to become 116-6 when wicketkeeper Ben Foakes performed on to specific fast Nortje, who topped speeds of over 93 mph.

Pope was now batting with the tail, however rain spared England from additional punishment by the hands of the Proteas tempo assault, with solely Lungi Ngidi but to take a wicket.

Rabada, reflecting on the kinds of South Africa’s 4 quicks, stated: “I feel we have got some tempo, we have got bounce, we have got guys who can swing it, guys who can bowl fast bumpers, so when it comes to a tempo assault I feel we’ve all of the components to be a formidable one.”


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