South Africa v England: Tourists collapse as 15 wickets fall on second day

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James Anderson dismissed Aiden Markram in the first over of South Africa's second innings
bbc.comAn England batting collapse gave South Africa the upper hand in the first Test as 15 wickets fell on an entertaining second day in Centurion.Having bowled South Africa out for 284, England lost their final seven wickets for just 39 runs as they fell from 142-3 to 181 all out, trailing by 103.South Africa were quickly reduced to 29-3 in response, with Jofra Archer taking 2-37 in a fiery spell.
The hosts lost Faf du Plessis late on but ended on 72-4, a lead of 175.England's bowlers showed admirable fight after a poor display with the bat, but batting last on this pitch will be a difficult task.With uneven bounce and deliveries keeping low, England may have squandered their best chance of victory with their collapse.
How the second day unfolded at Centurion
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Batting collapses have been a feature of England's Test cricket in the past two years but, having limited South Africa to 284, the tourists would have been hopeful of building a first-innings lead.There was some uneven bounce on the pitch but England fell to some poor shots, poor technique and the unerring accuracy of Philander.Having lost openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley cheaply, both men edging deliveries that found extra bounce behind, Joe Denly led the way for England with a painstaking half-century.At 142-3, with Denly and Ben Stokes sharing a 72-run partnership, England were well set. But Denly's dismissal, caught behind off debutant Dwaine Pretorius, seemed to break the tourists' concentration.Jonny Bairstow, recalled because of illness in the squad, was bowled after being undone by Anrich Nortje's pace, while Stokes was furious as he drove at the same bowler and was caught behind off an inside edge.Jos Buttler and Sam Curran shepherded England to tea but a cheap ending always felt inevitable. Curran flicked Rabada to short leg, where he fell to a low catch by Zubayr Hamza, Buttler was caught behind off a rising Rabada delivery and then Stuart Broad was bounced out.When Archer fell, bowled by the superb Philander, England had lost their final seven wickets in 94 balls and had given their bowlers just 53.2 overs of respite after a sweltering opening day.
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'England are in a right mess'- what they said
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: "I can't offer too many excuses or reasons for this - England are in a right mess."Those bowlers yesterday were absolutely exhausted It was a sweltering day up here at 5,000 feet, and the one thing they did not want to have to do today was go out and bowl again."England batsman Joe Denly on Sky Sports: "It's frustrating. It felt pretty comfortable out there and myself and Ben were starting to get a partnership going."It was disappointing. It's about assessing those conditions better and understanding the game situation better, and wearing them down. We weren't able to do that today."Former England batsman Jonathan Trott on The Cricket Social: "You have to give credit to South Africa, they bowled very accurately. They created the false shots that England played."
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