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PIX: England reduced to 116-6 as rain forces end of play

Last updated on: August 17, 2022 22:56 IST

IMAGES from Day 1 of the 1st Test played between England and South Africa at Lord's on Wednesday.

England's Ben Foakes is bowled by Anrich Nortje

IMAGE: England's Ben Foakes is bowled by Anrich Nortje. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Anrich Nortje took three wickets as South Africa's seamers tore through England's top order to leave the home side teetering on 116 for six before rain brought a premature close to day one of the first Test at Lord's on Wednesday.


England looked as though they would be bowled out for a low total before the weather intervened just six overs after the lunch interval and no more play was possible.

Ollie Pope produced a lone resistance to the visitors' relentless onslaught and is unbeaten on 61. He will resume the innings on the second morning with Stuart Broad, who has yet to score.

According to CricViz, 34% of deliveries on day one resulted in a false shot, the second highest percentage at this point in a Test innings for England since 2006.

South Africa's Anrich Nortje  celebrates on dismissing England captain Ben Stokes

IMAGE: South Africa's Anrich Nortje celebrates on dismissing England captain Ben Stokes. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Earlier, 'Bazball' was put on the backburner as South Africa's seamers made inroads into England's top order and despite a half-century for Ollie Pope reduced the home side to 100 for five at lunch on the opening day of the first Test at Lord's on Wednesday.

Pope is unbeaten on 51 and will resume in the afternoon session with Ben Foakes after England lost captain Ben Stokes with the final delivery before the interval.

Stokes had looked to attack the bowling and reached 20 from 30 balls before he was caught by third slip Keegan Petersen off seamer Anrich Nortje (2-37).

South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl under overcast skies, with Stokes conceding at the toss he would have done the same.

England's Ollie Pope celebrates reaching his half century  

IMAGE: England's Ollie Pope celebrates reaching his half century. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters

It was perfect conditions for the tourists' venomous four-prong pace attack on a wicket that looks a little 'two-paced', with deliveries rising off a surprising length and making it difficult for the batsmen to feel confident of their strokeplay.

Kagiso Rabada (2-26), who was an injury doubt going into the game, made an excellent start, dismissing both England openers cheaply to catches behind the wicket.

Alex Lees (5) went too hard at a delivery just outside his off-stump and was caught comfortably by wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne, while Zak Crawley (9) edged Radaba to a diving Aiden Markram at second slip.

Crawley now has single figures in eight of his last 11 Test innings, with former England batsman Mark Butcher suggesting in Sky Sports coverage of the Test that the selectors were "cruel" to keep playing him.

Anrich Nortje celebrates dismissing Jonathan Bairstow

IMAGE: Anrich Nortje celebrates dismissing Jonathan Bairstow. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Joe Root (8) scored a superb unbeaten century at Lord's earlier this summer but could not replicate that as he was trapped leg before wicket by left-arm seamer Marco Jansen, the in-swinging ball shown to be clipping the leg stump.

Jonny Bairstow has also had a golden summer but he produced a shot to forget when he missed a straight delivery from Nortje and was bowled for a duck.

The match is the first of three Tests in the series, with matches to be played at Old Trafford (Aug. 25-29) and The Oval (Sept. 8-12).

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