England are blown away by South Africa’s fast bowlers to end rain-stricken day one with Lord’s in serious trouble at 116-6…with Ollie Pope unbeaten at 61 and only ONE other batsman hitting double digits
- England lost six wickets on day one of their first Test match against South Africa
- Ollie Pope’s attempts to get England out of trouble were hit by torrential rain
- He was unbeaten at 61 when the players were knocked out by the rain at 2:09 pm
- The weather didn’t get any better before the end of the game was finally called at 4:31 PM
- Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow were all fired for lunch
- It leaves Brendon McCullum’s side for a tough job of keeping the game alive
Ollie Pope’s attempts to get England out of trouble after losing early wickets were frustrated by rain which forced an early close to play on the opening day of the first Test against South Africa at Lord’s.
The 24-year-old was putting forth his half-century just before lunchtime, having played positively, and was unbeaten at 61, with England 116 for six, when it started to rain and the players had to leave at 2:09pm.
The weather didn’t improve all afternoon before the end of the game was finally declared at 4:31 PM.
England lost six wickets on day one of their first Test with South Africa as rain wiped out the game
Those who bought tickets didn’t see any action after 2:09 PM when it started to rain
Jonny Bairstow is bowled clean by Anrich Nortje as England collapsed another blow
It was South Africa’s morning at Lord’s when their bowlers tore England apart
Pope was called up to remedy a bleak situation in the morning session after England dropped to 55 for four and Jonny Bairstow lost to a duck, while Ben Stokes was caught just before lunch.
Ben Foakes was the only wicket to fall – bowled by Anrich Nortje – in an afternoon session that lasted just over half an hour and included just six overs.
Stuart Broad briefly entered the field, but was dealt only two balls, including one to the shoulder, before the umpires called in the players.
England captain Stokes had tried to be positive from the start by taking the wicket down early on but the hosts continued to lose wickets despite a positive run rate of 3.6 per over.
Ollie Pope at least offered some English resistance when he finished at 61 not out for the day
Joe Root was out of LBW from Marco Jansen’s bowling after making just eight for England
Root was not saved from review because he fell cheaply during England’s collapse
There was little sign of ‘Bazball”s aggressive hitting approach on the first day, with both openers starting cautiously and running few runs against a South African bowling attack in good rhythm.
Bairstow entered the game in incredible form, averaging 76.46 in 2022 over six centuries, but he was brought down here, bowled for a duck by Nortje.
Ahead of the game, Stokes had singled out opening pair Alex Lees and Zak Crawley for credit after their age-old stand in India’s Edgbaston win last month, but there would be no such feat against the Proteas.
Anrich Nortje from South Africa celebrates taking the wicket of England captain Ben Stokes
Stokes fell to the final ball before lunch after making 20 with England deep in the mire
South Africa got off to an ideal start, with Kagiso Rabada claiming the wicket from Lees for just five, and Crawley following his co-opener shortly after.
Lees had flashed one high over the briefs before with a loose shot earlier in the over when he was on just one, but he didn’t last much longer as he was caught behind it by Kyle Verreynne, with Crawley caught in the briefs – also at Rabada – for five.
The fast bowler from Proteas was hesitant to enter the game after missing the last T20 against England with an ankle problem that also left him sidelined for the four-day warm-up against England Lions in Canterbury.
Joe Root was also unable to take his summer form to this test.
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The Yorkshireman had looked good at the crease before being trapped for just eight hours by the towering Marco Jansen.
The decision to overturn the decision was confirmed on the referee’s call to bring Bairstow to the crease as England slid back to 42 for three.
Pope did his best to set things straight, but received little support when England went into early tea break at 11 a.m. before 6 p.m. and failed to reappear due to the weather.