Moeen four-for gives England 97-run lead

Moeen four-for gives England 97-run lead

England's efforts to turn a strong position in the first Test into a decisive one were led by rousing all-round contributions from Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali on a sweltering day of hard-fought cricket at Lord's.

Cook (59no) and Keaton Jennings both had a little good fortune in an opening stand of 80 on the way to 119 for one at stumps, giving England an overall lead of 216 despite the earlier resistance of Quinton de Kock (51) and Vernon Philander (52).

Elgar struck eight crisp fours to reach his half-century and Amla looked intent on another big score for his country when he played across a ball from spinner Moeen which turned slightly to trap the batsman lbw.

Just as England were gathering momentum, Kagiso Rabada (3-123) castled Ali in the 101st over and two deliveries later, trapped Mark Wood (0) LBW as the hosts were reduced to 413 for nine.

Alastair Cook came through two reviewed appeals as England strengthened their grip on the first Test against a depleted South Africa attack at Lord's on Saturday.

England twice lost two wickets for no runs in three balls on Friday yet passed 450 thanks to an entertaining last-wicket stand of 45 between Broad and James Anderson.

South Africa ended the Test captaincy of several England skippers in Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss.

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada reacts after pitching a delivery during the first test between England and South Africa at Lord's cricket
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada reacts after pitching a delivery during the first test between England and South Africa at Lord's cricket

Broad wasted the new ball and lasted only four overs, which cost 35 runs, a lot of them in boundaries by De Kock.

In reply, Broad soon removed debutant Heino Kuhn, and struck again after Moeen's quick double to reduce the tourists to 104-4.

Now there are fears the 34-year-old may not be the player he was, with South Africa batting great Barry Richards saying last week: "One of the key parts of the series is Hashim Amla versus the fast bowlers and Hashim Amla versus himself".

Morkel and Rabada shared the new ball and after the tea interval the Proteas employed a dual spin attack with Duminy having his first bowl of the game as the conditions became more and more favourable for that type of bowling.

The South Africans did succeed in taking some time out of the game, batting until nearly the halfway mark of the day's play.

Chris Morris was on as a replacement, with Morkel and Rabada potentially having to carry the workload in the second innings.

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