The top-scoring England Test skippers on debut

The top-scoring England Test skippers on debut

The top-scoring England Test skippers on debut

This is the first of a four-Test series.

But what South Africa are going to do about the rest of their under-performing batting line-up is hard to fathom‚ even considering the fact that 19 wickets fell on Sunday on a pitch that was increasingly receptive to spin. But Mark Wood, with 28, put on 45 with Bairstow for the ninth wicket before he was bowled by Rabada.

The duo nearly saw through the first hour of play but Liam Dawson (2-67) provided England with the breakthrough after having Rabada caught behind and in the next over Moeen Ali (4-59) accounted for Bavuma as South Africa slipped to 248 for seven.

Alastair Cook was caught at cover, Gary Ballance nicked a beauty from Morkel, Root dragged on and Ben Stokes was plumb leg before. We have to come back tomorrow and show some good character with the ball.

During the course of the day, Moeen became the fifth-quickest player in terms of matches played to do the Test "double" of 2,000 runs and 100 wickets when he completed the feat against South Africa at Lord's on Friday.

With the score sitting on 314-7, James Anderson steamed into the confident De Kock, who having just hit the second fastest 50 at Lord's in Test history, tried one shot too many and got caught brilliantly by Stokes who had to dive forward to take it in difficulty front of him.

Maharaj was the pick of the bowlers, getting the key wickets of Joe Root and Moeen, the duo who had added 177 in the first innings to change the complexion of the game.

Heino Kuhn was strangled down the legside by a fine, diving catch by Bairstow and Moeen's first wicket came when stand-in skipper Dean Elgar drilled a return catch.

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

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada reacts after pitching a delivery during the first test between England and South Africa at Lord's cricket
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada reacts after pitching a delivery during the first test between England and South Africa at Lord's cricket

"It's a great start, and the whole team were fabulous throughout", he said.

Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow all fell to his bowling.

Rabada condemned Liam Dawson to a pair for the match by bowling him with a full toss that left middle stump lying metres away from the wicket.

South Africa's chase began on a frightful note as debutant Heino Kuhn and captain Dean Elgar both fell when their teams's score was only 12.

They are without Faf du Plessis for this Test after he remained at home following the birth of his first child and will be without Kagiso Rabada for the second Test after he was suspended for a code of conduct violation.

If England's batsmen had worn a casual, unconcerned look as their wickets tumbled South Africa knew why as they watched the spite and spit gradually build in the wicket.

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Root had made the most of being missed several times on Thursday to lead an England recovery after the hosts had been in trouble at 76 for four.

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