Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Anderson makes history with 300th Test wicket on home soil

Anderson makes history with 300th Test wicket on home soil

South Africa came through two hard periods to reach 309-6 against England at stumps on Day 1 of the second Test, suggesting the Proteas' gamble to bat first in hard conditions may have paid off.

Two years ago Stuart Broad took eight for 15 on the same ground as England skittled Australia for just for just 60 and Anderson says the same will be required on Sunday after the tourists finished the day 205 runs ahead with nine second-innings wickets in hand.

The fast bowler was suspended from this match after swearing at Ben Stokes during England s 211-run win in the first of a four-match series at Lord s last week.

"Even bowling today, when you got a bit of cloud you felt in the game a little bit but when the sun came out it just got slower and lower".

The latter was particularly valuable in retrospect, as he and Alastair Cook pushed England into a much stronger position than was immediately apparent on the third evening, before the clatter of wickets the following day.

"We were one short of that and probably didn't get it quite right with the second new ball".

Test cricket is at its most thrilling on days like this when ball dominates bat and it was Anderson who set the tone with a masterful display of swing bowling that wrapped up South Africa's first innings in 6.2 overs.

"That was a very untypical English wicket and I thought we adapted to it well".

With a boundary in the 18th over, Amla went on to become the fourth South African player to reach 8,000 Test runs. "It will be interesting to see what Trent Bridge has in store for us".

At Lord's, South Africa bemoaned missed chances in the field. However, they had some positives to take away from the first test, and with the return of Du Plessis for the second one, the Proteas will be gunning to reverse their fortunes.

'The real test will come when he's faced with a flat pitch, with no lateral movement or variable bounce.

'We'll definitely need that, ' Anderson said.

Dean Elgar was unbeaten on 38 for South Africa. The good Saturday crowd in Nottingham was stunned into silence as England quickly slipped to 3 for 2 with Philander and Morkel wreaking early damage. South Africa were placed at 235 for six at that stage.

England have named an unchanged line-up from the Lord's opener, sticking with three seamers in Broad, James Anderson and Mark Wood, with Liam Dawson and Moeen Ali - who took match figures of 10-112 - retained as the spin options.

Replacing Rabada's workload would be the reason for bringing in an extra seamer, with Du Plessis saying: "KG has been our spearhead for the past year and a half and he has been bowling very well but it's also the amount of overs that he bowls".

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