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Hampshire all-rounder Liam Dawson gets England nod for opening South Africa Test

Taylor made over 1,000 runs across Test and One-Day International matches for England, before retiring past year with 9,306 first-class runs to his name: 5,365 in List A cricket and nearly 2,000 in T20 cricket.”I need to make sure I make the most of the opportunities to score runs and knowing that, if I concentrate hard, and go about my business as I have previously, then that will put me in a really good place to go on and score big runs“.Root begins his tenure against South Africa at Lord’s, nearly five months after he was first informed he was England’s choice to succeed Alastair Cook.”The way Rooty goes about his cricket, he’s nice and positive the way he bats, I suspect the way he will captain the team will be similar”, said England’s Australian coach Trevor Bayliss last week.De Villiers is expected to feature in the South African home season wherein they host India and Australia for Test series, but he may also quit the format post his meeting with CSA in August.England, odd as it might sound from the vantage point of stumps, were desperate to hang on until lunch but they could not even do that.The Yorkshireman has obviously been one of the standout stars of the team in recent times and he’ll now be relishing the extra responsibility that the captaincy brings.”I have had a long time to think about a few things since becoming captain and that is the decision I have made”, said Root.It was all very reminiscent of Stokes and Root’s first century stand together, their 161 against New Zealand here at Lord’s in 2015, which turned that Test on its head.Like Alastair Cook, his predecessor, Root finds himself leading a team he knows well from the perspective of being one of its leading players. “The way we came out is something we are not very proud of as a bowling unit”, he said. “We have to come back tomorrow and show some good character with the ball“. But he has been a problem solver in other areas of his game (save for being able to hit sixes when needed in white-ball cricket), so there is no reason why he should not at least tame the challenge posed by leadership – few men being able to conquer it completely.Root has been reassured by his team-mates’ response, from one to 11, to what he has had to tell them so far this week.Cape Town – Proteas bowler, Vernon Philander, says there are “no excuses” for the ill-disciplined bowling performance on day one of the first Test match against England at Lord’s on Thursday.”It is very special, you want to start well as captain and you want to set the example”.”That’s exciting for him”. For the 13th time, he took a wicket off a no-ball – the most by any.The Proteas gave a Test debut to 33-year-old opener Heino Kuhn and included Theunis de Bruyn rather than Chris Morris in their XI.Former England batsman James Taylor will ring the bell to signal five minutes before the start of play on the opening day at Lord’s.