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Battling South Africans leave test finely poised against England

England were bowled out for 205 in reply to South Africa s first innings 335, a deficit of 130 runs, on the second day of the second Test at Trent Bridge on Saturday.Anderson became the first bowler to take 300 Test wickets in England and Wales on Friday when he dismissed Dean Elgar on the first morning of England’s clash with South Africa.England head to Nottingham with a 1-0 lead having beating the Proteas by 211 runs inside four days in the series opener at Lord’s.”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”.Fast forward to November and England are 10 for one in the first Test of the Ashes. Err… probably not. Having already backed them at that price in the series betting, I’m not going back in after the way they played at headquarters.The target at domestic level is a stricter six players of colour per side per match, of which three must be black African.One of those pacemen, James Anderson, did not bowl much during Thursday’s nets session, but Root insisted England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker was fully fit after struggling with groin and shoulder problems recently. “Jimmy knows his body, he’s obviously had a couple of injury issues over the course of this year and I think he’s just been smart with the way that he practises”.Root says he expects a reaction from South Africa when the second Test begins.As a result they are likely to pick the same XI.Dawid Malan recently stepped up to worldwide cricket and looked the part in England’s third T20 win over South Africa in Cardiff.Can Faf du Plessis inspire South Africa to bounce back?None of this is meant to decry or diminish England’s achievements, but is instead a reminder that there remains doubts over this side. In reply, South Africa lost only one wicket and are placed at 75 for 1.Anderson struck with just his fifth delivery of the day after England had convinced the umpires a ball change was necessary as Vernon Philander (54) poked a back-of-a-length ball to Liam Dawson, breaking his stubborn seventh-wicket stand of 74 with Chris Morris.”Consistency is what we strive for, so we want to make sure we make this start count”, said Root. “The first Test was plain sailing for him as captain but it’s a real test here”.Joe Root senses his pedigree seam attack will have conditions to suit against South Africa on their return to a favourite hunting ground at Trent Bridge.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 a year ago and a half and he has been bowling very well but it’s also the amount of overs that he bowls”.