England vs South Africa 2022 1st Test: Day 1 Review, Summary, and What to expect from Day 2
South Africa has been touring England since 12th July 2022, playing 2 warm-up one-day series against England Lions, 3-match ODI series with the national team which was tied by a 1-1 margin then followed by a 3-T20I series that was won by proteas with a 2-1 margin. And now playing a 3-match test series as well.
South Africa looked very confident throughout the tour so far and now giving tough competition to England from the very first day of the 1st Test match which was called off due to rain with just 32 overs bowled.
South African bowlers looked very aggressive and sent six English batsmen to the dressing room in just 32 overs. Especially Rabada who attacked from the very first ball and dismissed both the England openers Zak Crawley-Alex Lees within the first 10 overs of the game.
Wicket 1: Alex Lees
At 2.6 overs, 6-1.
Wicket 2: Zak Crawley
At 8.5 overs, 25-2.
Just after a few overs left-hand fast bowler, Marco Jansen dismissed the currently ranked 1 test batsman Joe Root with a full-length delivery which was shown slightly hitting the stumps when reviewed, that was a close Umpires call.
Wicket 3: Joe Root
At 13.5 overs, 42-3.
Later, Anrich Nortje joined the party and dismissed 3 in-form batters of England which were Jonny Bairstow for a duck, Ben Stokes, and Ben Foakes. From England, only Ollie Pope looked comfortable on the crease against the aggressive proteas bowlers who scored 61 runs in 87 balls which helped the hosts to reach 116 runs in 32 overs by the end of day 1. So far, Pope and skipper Stokes had the best partnership of 45 runs which came in 57 deliveries.
Wicket 4: Jonny Bairstow
At 16.3 overs, 55-4.
Wicket 5: Ben Stokes
At 25.6 overs, 100-5.
Wicket 6: Ben Foakes
At 31.4 overs, 116-6.
England 1st Innings:
Ollie Pope: 61*(87) & Stuart Broad: 0*(2)
Anrich Nortje: 9-1-43-3
Kagiso Rabada: 12-1-36-2
Marco Jansen: 6-1-18-1
What to expect from Day 2?
The hosts will definitely look to cross the 200 runs mark, to give a decent total for their bowlers to make use of the conditions well and also to avoid a big margin lead after South Africa’s 1st innings. This is only possible if all the remaining players go hard from the very first ball because South African bowlers already have the momentum towards them and may not provide any opportunity to any batsmen.
Proteas will try to wrap up things quickly and give their batsmen an opportunity for a big margin lead. If they fail to get the remaining wickets quickly it might give England tailenders and Pope an opportunity to cross the 200 mark.