In Summary
  • South Africa hammered England by 340 runs to win the second Test at Trent Bridge on Monday and level the four-match series at 1-1.
  • England, set a mammoth 474 runs for victory, collapsed to 133 all out in their second innings 40 minutes before tea on the fourth day.
  • No England batsman made a fifty in an innings where former captain Alastair Cook's 42 was the top score.

NOTTINGHAM

Vernon Philander led a fine all-round bowling effort as South Africa thrashed England by 340 runs in the second Test at Trent Bridge on Monday.

Victory saw the Proteas level the four-match series at 1-1 after they themselves had been well beaten by 211 runs in the first Test at Lord's.

England, set a mammoth 474 runs for victory, collapsed to 133 all out 40 minutes before tea on the fourth day.

Man-of-the-match Philander took three wickets for 24 runs in 10 overs, including an early double strike.

That gave him five wickets in total in a match where he also made scores of 54 and 42 with the bat.

No England batsman made a fifty in a second innings where former captain Alastair Cook's 42 was the top score.

The most made by any side to win in the fourth innings of a Test is the West Indies' 418 for seven against Australia at St John's in 2003.

But the more immediate task for England on Monday was to see if they could at least keep South Africa in the field.

They failed miserably, the hosts bowled out in 44.2 overs despite South Africa being without Kagiso Rabada after the fast bowler was suspended for swearing at England's Ben Stokes at Lord's.

'BETTER BASICS'

A sign of the difference in batting application between the teams was that South Africa's first innings 335 lasted 96.2 overs, while England were bowled out twice in 96.1 overs.

"We did our basics a lot better, put England under pressure for longer periods in the game," South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who did not play at Lord's following the birth of his first child, told Sky Sports.

Meanwhile a delighted Philander said: "All the senior players put their hand up and made it easy for us.

"Coming into the Test I was a bit cold, but I got my groove going and I'm feeling a lot better."

For England captain Joe Root this chastening defeat, the hosts' first loss in eight Tests at Trent Bridge, was in marked contrast to his first match as skipper at Lord's.

"We weren't good enough with the bat for the whole game," he said.

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