Ali Martin at Trent Bridge

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Name: Ali Martin at Trent Bridge
Date registered: August 5, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/australia-cricket-team

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  1. South Africa transformed by Du Plessis’s bold and hard-nosed captaincy | Ali Martin — July 17, 2017
  2. Joe Root says England must learn fast from defeat Trevor Bayliss calls ‘shocker’ — July 17, 2017
  3. Alastair Cook can give England the foundation to save Test, says Moeen Ali — July 16, 2017
  4. Hashim Amla’s masterclass in occupation gives England food for thought | Ali Martin — July 16, 2017
  5. Jimmy Anderson frustrated by England’s batting display against South Africa — July 15, 2017

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Jul 17

South Africa transformed by Du Plessis’s bold and hard-nosed captaincy | Ali Martin

A shambles at Lord’s the previous week, the tourists reduced England to rubble without arguably their best bowler thanks to captain’s inspired leadership

Faf du Plessis has been the captain with the Midas touch since his return to the South African camp on the final morning of the chastening defeat at Lord’s last week, with their resurgent series-levelling performance in Nottingham covered in his gilded fingerprints.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the leader who oversaw a 2-1 away series in Australia last year, and shrugged off an almighty ball-tampering row with a combative century in Adelaide, should have an impact on this series but the difference has been palpable, not least given that their head coach, Russell Domingo, is back home following a bereavement.

Related: England humbled as South Africa square series with 340-run win

Related: Joe Root says England must learn fast from defeat Trevor Bayliss calls ‘shocker’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/jul/17/south-africa-england-second-test-faf-du-plessis-captaincy-cricket

Jul 17

Joe Root says England must learn fast from defeat Trevor Bayliss calls ‘shocker’

• Coach watched in disbelief as side collapsed against South Africa
• Captain hits back at ‘very unfair’ criticism from Michael Vaughan

Joe Root said his England side must learn quickly from their series-levelling 340-run defeat by South Africa after a grim collapse on the fourth day in Nottingham that their head coach, Trevor Bayliss, watched in disbelief and described as a “shocker”.

England now head to the third Test at The Oval next week with the series level at one apiece and questions swirling over their inconsistency – they have lost seven of their past 10 Tests and followed their last three victories with a defeat – and a fragile batting line-up that was bowled out for 133 in 44.2 overs chasing a fanciful 474 to win.

Related: England humbled as South Africa square series with 340-run win

Related: South Africa transformed by Du Plessis’s bold and hard-nosed captaincy | Ali Martin

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/17/joe-root-england-learn-quickly-defeat-trevor-bayliss-shocker-south-africa-michael-vaughan

Jul 16

Alastair Cook can give England the foundation to save Test, says Moeen Ali

• Moeen backs England to bat for two days to escape with at least a draw
• ‘Cookie, when he gets in, is hard to get out and hopefully we will see that’

Moeen Ali on Sunday night optimistically talked up England’s chances of batting six sessions and escaping from Trent Bridge with at least a draw, provided Alastair Cook can survive the new ball and produce an epic innings that lays the platform for the remainder of the batting order.

Related: South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis leave England chasing 474

Related: South Africa declare on day three to leave England with target of 474 – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/16/engalnd-south-africa-second-test-trent-bridge-quotes-moeen-ali

Jul 16

Hashim Amla’s masterclass in occupation gives England food for thought | Ali Martin

South Africa batsman followed a first-innings 78 with a controlled 87 spread over 180 balls that demonstrated old-fashioned virtues of bedding in

For a little while now the talk has been of a big four in Test cricket, with Steve Smith, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli seemingly locked in a game of musical chairs at the top of the batting rankings as the premier players of this generation.

Related: South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis leave England chasing 474

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/16/hashim-amla-south-africa-england-second-test

Jul 15

Jimmy Anderson frustrated by England’s batting display against South Africa

• Bowler’s five-wicket haul undone by team’s performance with bat
• ‘We’ll try and make sure it doesn’t happen again’

Jimmy Anderson had little time to savour a seventh five-wicket haul at his happy hunting ground of Trent Bridge, describing England’s chastening second day against South Africa as one they must learn from quickly if they are to become harder to beat.

Solidity was Joe Root’s stated aim on assuming the captaincy in February. But two Tests into his tenure England have demonstrated their inconsistency once more, going from a romping four-day victory at Lord’s to a desperate situation in Nottingham, where South Africa will resume their second inningson Sunday 205 runs ahead for the loss of one wicket.

Related: England collapse puts South Africa in control as Faf du Plessis pulls strings

Related: Joe Root fights fire with fire but Gary Ballance burns latest England chance | Ali Martin

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/15/jimmy-anderson-england-south-africa-trent-bridge

Jul 15

Joe Root fights fire with fire but Gary Ballance burns latest England chance | Ali Martin

The captain’s attacking response to his side being three for two was England’s only bright spot on a day when South Africa revitalised the Test series

The honours board that sits up high in the Long Room of the history-soaked pavilion at Trent Bridge does not record scores of 78 but in just shy of two hours at the crease Joe Root delivered a gem of an innings that, while ending in personal disgust, should not pass without mention.

Related: South Africa end day two with 205-run lead as England collapse: second Test, day two – as it happened

Related: England’s Joe Root eager for South Africa to provide stiffer challenges

Related: Gary Ballance recalled to England Test team against South Africa

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/jul/15/england-south-africa-trent-bridge-second-day-joe-root-gary-ballance

Jul 14

England’s Jonny Bairstow says break has led to fine form behind the stumps

• Yorkshireman had not kept for six weeks before South Africa series
• Bairstow took spectacular legside catch to dismiss Faf du Plessis

Jonny Bairstow has shown fine form with the gloves at the start of the series with South Africa, putting this down to the break from keeping wicket while part of the England one-day set-up rather than any additional hard work in training.

After a near flawless performance in the win at Lord’s, which featured an acrobatic leg-side catch to start South Africa’s fourth-day collapse and some tidy work standing up to the stumps on a spinning track, the Yorkshireman took this through to Trent Bridge.

Related: South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock take fight to England

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/14/england-south-africa-jonny-bairstow-keeping-safely

Jul 14

Trent Bridge savours absorbing Test tussle between England and South Africa

Nottingham has been a charm for England in recent years but fans settled for a brilliant battle between the home bowlers and visiting batsmen

The MCC World Cricket Committee sounded a warning about the future health of Test cricket last week but beyond this startling top line was a reminder from the think-tank led by Mike Brearley that there remains so much to be celebrated about the longest form of the game.

An undulating first day at Trent Bridge was the latest example of what a compelling spectacle it remains, with England and South Africa wrestling for control throughout the course of three gripping sessions, trading punch and counterpunch before the tourists eventually closed on a competitive if not indomitable 309 for six.

Related: South Africa’s Amla and De Kock take fight to England but Broad strikes back

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/14/england-jimmy-anderson-stuart-broad-absorbing-south-africa-tussle