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South Africa leave England with mountain to climb

Monday, July 17, 2017

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NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom (AFP) — Hashim Amla helped South Africa pile on the runs to leave England facing what would be a record-breaking chase in the second Test at Trent Bridge yesterday.

South Africa set England 474 to win after declaring their second innings on 343 for nine late on the third day.

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, Antigua, in 2002/03.

England's corresponding record is 332 for seven against Australia at Melbourne back in 1928/29.

On Sunday, England were left with a tricky four overs' batting before stumps.

South Africa nearly had a wicket with the very first ball when Alastair Cook was given out lbw to Morne Morkel. But Cook immediately reviewed umpire Paul Reiffel's decision and, with replays indicating the ball would have gone over the stumps, the former Australia paceman's verdict was overturned.

Cook and fellow left-hander Keaton Jennings survived to both be nought not out at the close, with England one for none courtesy of a leg bye.

Earlier Amla, so often a thorn in England's side, made 87 — his second fifty of the match.

Opener Dean Elgar (80) and returning captain Faf du Plessis (63) were also among the runs as the Proteas — 1-0 behind in the four-match series after a 211-run defeat in the first Test at Lord's last week—cemented their already strong position in this match.

“I have a big smile on my face, but there is a long road to go,” Elgar told Sky Sports.

England bowling coach Ottis Gibson said: “It is a great game to win from here. You have to give a lot of credit to South Africa.”

The Proteas resumed on 75 for one.

Elgar was 38 not out and Amla 23 not out, with England desperately needing early wickets after yet another batting collapse left them 130 runs adrift on first innings.

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