TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: England lost their first in seven years at home with an innings… Joe Root’s rare failure made clear Ben Stokes’ reliance on his star batter
England collapsed on day three of the first Test against South Africa as the Proteas ran out of victors by an innings and 12 runs at Lord’s.
Ben Stokes’ squad eventually turned their visitors away this morning for 326, before being cheaply thrown out again for 149 themselves.
The result gave England plenty to think about ahead of the second Test next week, where the team will try to make things right at Old Trafford.
Sportsmail’s LAWRENCE BOOTH provides the big stats of the day.
Ben Stokes’ side was blown away in three days by a strong South African side at Lord’s
This is the first time England have lost a Test innings at home since 2015, when England lost an inning and 46 to Australia at The Oval.
In 35 innings as a Test opener, Zak Crawley has an average of 22.25. Only two openers in the history of the game have averaged at least as many innings: Australian Alec Bannerman, who played in the 19th century, scored 21.44 average, and Bangladeshi Javed Omar 22.07.
Opener Zak Crawley failed again for England, scoring just 13 runs before being out LBW
Joe Root fell twice for single digits in a home test for the first time in six years. Against Sri Lanka at Lord’s in 2016, he made three and four.
According to CricViz, Anrich Nortje’s average speed of 92mph in the 25th over of England’s second innings was the fastest they’ve seen at home in the past decade.
South African sailor Anrich Nortje regularly reached bowling speeds of 90 mph on Friday