England Vs South Africa 2nd Test: We Need To Lift Ourselves Up, Says James Anderson
England had India on the mat in the first drawn Test of the five-match series last year but had gone on to lose the next match by 246 runs. Prior to that, the Alastair Cook had lost to Bangladesh in the second Test after winning the first match. Even at home, they had gone on to lost the last of the four-match Test against Pakistan by 10 wickets after winning the second and third matches.
Inconsistency has been England’s nemesis in recent months and to sort out that issue will be perhaps Joe Root’s biggest challenge as the skipper. But as of now, one can say that the newly-appointed England skipper has failed to do so.
After an impressive 211 runs win in the first Test against South Africa, Joe Root & Co. are staring down the barrel in the ongoing second Test at Trent Bridge. The hosts were bowled out for only 205 inside a day, conceding a massive 130 runs. South Africa, nevertheless, put themselves firmly in command of the proceedings by finishing the second day on 75 for 1 with their overall lead extended to 205.
Speaking at the press-conference, England fast-bowler James Anderson called on his teammates to repeat the heroics of their famous 2015 Ashes triumph at Trent Bridge to prevent the Proteas from squaring the series. A couple of years ago, Stuart Broad’s sensational spell of eight for 15 had helped England to bowl Australia out for a paltry 60 and Anderson said his team needs a similar performance in the ongoing Test.
“We’ll definitely need that,” Anderson said. “All we can do is come back fighting and try to test their technique as much as we can. We need a couple of people to stand up with the ball tomorrow and try to make inroads into their line up to try to get us back into the game.”
“Then we’ll need to bat out of our skin in the fourth innings to chase down whatever total is set down. There’s plenty of time left in the game to fight our way back in and plenty of character in this team. We need to lift ourselves up tomorrow,” he added.
Replying to South Africa’s 335, England were well-placed at 143 for 3 but the dismissal of Root (78) opened the floodgates as England lost their last six wickets for just 62 runs.
“We set ourselves high standards with the ball and the bat but we didn’t do ourselves justice today. We talk about building partnerships and we did that to an extent at 140 odd for three. But unfortunately, Joe couldn’t kick on and it was frustrating to be bowled out for such a low score,” Anderson said.
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