England vs South Africa: Ben Stokes’ side lose six wickets on wet opening day at Lord’s | Cricket News

Ollie Pope undefeated at 61 as the rain stops playing Earl, with England 116-6 after a scorching morning against South Africa’s pace attack – watch day two at Lord’s live on Sky Sports Cricket on Thursday, with coverage from 10:15am and play underway from 11am

Last updated: 17/08/22 16:41 hrs

Highlights from day one of the first LV= Insurance Test between England and South Africa at Lord's.

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Highlights from day one of the first LV= Insurance Test between England and South Africa at Lord’s.

Highlights from day one of the first LV= Insurance Test between England and South Africa at Lord’s.

England sputtered to 116-6 after being used by South Africa under favorable bowling conditions on a rain-stricken first day of the first LV= Insurance Test at Lord’s.

Kagiso Rabada (2-36), back in shape after an ankle injury, beat England openers Alex Lees (5) and Zak Crawley (9) cheaply, while Anrich Nortje’s raw pace (3-43) ran through the middle.

Joe Root fell for eight to Marco Jansen (1-18), before the in-form Jonny Bairstow went clean-bowl to a duck through a 93mph Nortje delivery that crept through his defense.

Ben Stokes (20) fell on Nortje’s last ball of the first session, while Ben Foakes’ (6) stumps were also dismantled by the Proteas pace bowler shortly before the rain came in mid-afternoon to eliminate the players, with no further play possible .

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Ollie Pope (61no) played nicely as wickets tumbled around him, giving him an eighth Test fifty, and he will hope to cash in with better batting conditions expected for the remainder of the Test match.

Rabada strikes early after South Africa chooses to bowl

Under a leaden sky on the first morning, and with rain forecast, it was no surprise when South African captain Dean Elgar chose to bowl first after winning the toss.

Only 18 deliveries were needed before the first wicket arrived, although it was more due to a batter error than any help from the field or those dismal overheads. Kyle Verreynne behind the stumps.

On the other hand Crawley’s miserable test form continued as he had made a vigilant start and eventually found a ball with his name on it, sending an outside edge to the second slip for Rabada’s second.

Anrich Nortje took three wickets on day one at Lord's, with Jonny Bairstow and Ben Foakes bowling on either side, while Ben Stokes was caught slipping

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Anrich Nortje took three wickets on day one at Lord’s, with Jonny Bairstow and Ben Foakes bowling on either side, while Ben Stokes was caught slipping

Anrich Nortje took three wickets on day one at Lord’s, with Jonny Bairstow and Ben Foakes bowling on either side, while Ben Stokes was caught slipping

Root might consider himself a bit unfortunate to be handed out lbw to left-armer Jansen (1-18). He was thrown over the wicket and came back into the righthander. Hopefully, he looked at the ball thinking the ball might slide down, only to find it clinging to the leg stump on umpire’s call.

Bairstow came in, so many times the star for England this summer, but this time he couldn’t counter-punch, his center stump being uprooted by a ripper from Nortje’s fifth ball.

Nortje would otherwise have been rather headstrong to start his spell from the Nursery End, but the wicket certainly helped him grow in the match and he claimed Stokes’ key wicket on the stroke of lunch for another brutal delivery.

This one, bowled from around the wicket, was a bit more back-of-a-length and completely straight at Stokes, the English skipper was forced to fend off an edge by Keegan Petersen on the third slip.

The wicket ended what had been a short-lived positive partnership for England, with Pope and Stokes making 45 together – Pope brought his half-century before in the same Nortje, a ball after being dropped in the briefs by Petersen .

But that was as bright as things would get on the first day, with Foakes falling after the break to coincide with the arrival of the rain and dark, ominous clouds overhead.

Watch day two of the first LV= Insurance Test between England and South Africa, at Lord’s, live on Sky Sports Cricket on Thursday. The broadcast starts at 10:15 am, the game starts at 11:00 am.

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