SA v ENG, 1st Test Day 2

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Joe Root was forced to lead from the front on his first day as England captain and responded brilliantly, hitting a tenacious 184 not out against South Africa to lead his team out of deep trouble and to 357-5 on Day 1 of the opening test on Thursday.

On the first ball of the day's third over, Root edged behind a delivery from Morne Morkel and looked thoroughly miserable as he walked off to a standing ovation, having missed the chance to register a second double century at Lord's after one against Sri Lanka in 2014.

Morkel trapped Liam Dawson lbw for a duck two balls later before England counter-attacked through Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad, who added 46 runs for the eighth wicket - mostly through swipes to the boundary from Broad.

England vs South Africa, Live Cricket Score, 1st Test Day 2: England will resume proceedings at 357/5.

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Root's innings was already the highest score by an England captain in his first Test in charge, surpassing Cook's 173 against Bangladesh in 2010.

Instead, though, Morkel ended his six-and-a-quarter-hour stay - after Root had hit 27 fours and a six from 234 balls - in the third over of another glorious day, and then struck again nearly immediately when Dawson's recourse to DRS narrowly failed to overturn umpire Sundaram Ravi's decision as technology depicted the ball going on to flick the off-bail.

The first over after the drinks break again saw England lose two wickets.

Broad struck eight fours as well as his two sixes.

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England twice lost two wickets for no runs in three balls on Friday yet still got beyond 450, however, thanks to a rapid last-wicket stand of 45 in 27 balls between Broad and James Anderson.

Ali, closing in on a sixth Test century, was bowled for 87 aiming a booming drive off Kagiso Rabada and tailender Mark Wood was lbw for nought. Before Ali, it was Ben Stokes who stuck there with Root for 114-runs.

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