Second test: South African bowlers claim four before tea against England on day 1

Cape Town, January 3 (AFP) England's captain, Joe Root, failed to take advantage of a fall, as England lost four grounds before tea on the first day of the second Test against South Africa in Newlands on Friday.

England had 149 for four in tea after winning the draw.

Root had an escape with his score of 31 when a flying edge of Anrich Nortje broke into the first slip of Rassie van der Dussen's hands and ran four runs.

But two balls later, Root got into a fast gorilla from Nortje and swallowed the ball to goalkeeper Quinton of Kock.

Root's 35 was one of three scores in the thirties by English batters while the tour team struggled to take advantage of an easy pitch. Dom Sibley made 34 and Joe Denly 38.

Ben Stokes was undefeated on the ground 28, where he achieved his best 258 mark four years ago.

Four South African bowlers claimed a gate each.

Vernon Philander, who announced that he will retire from international cricket after the series, hit in the third part of the game when he had Zak Crawley trapped by four.

Crawley was playing instead of Rory Burns, who was ruled out of the rest of the series when he injured his left ankle ligaments while playing football on Thursday. Fast bowler Jofra Archer also disappeared due to a right elbow injury. Kagiso Rabada broke a 55 position in the second wicket between Sibley and Denly when he had caught Sibley shortly before lunch, while the left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj knocked down Denly when he found a path between the bat and the pad while Denly played defensively. (AFP) ATK ATK

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