sport news England FIVE wickets down at lunch against South Africa trends now

sport news England FIVE wickets down at lunch against South Africa trends now
sport news England FIVE wickets down at lunch against South Africa trends now

sport news England FIVE wickets down at lunch against South Africa trends now

England FIVE wickets down at lunch and in serious trouble as South Africa series gets off to a dreadful start... as Jonny Bairstow is clean bowled for a DUCK and skipper Ben Stokes falls just before the interval at Lord's England reached lunch on 100 for five in the first Test against South Africa  Another top order batting collapse immediately left them on back foot at Lord's Openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley both fell for single figures to Kagiso Rabada Joe Root could only make eight and Jonny Bairstow was bowled without scoring Ben Stokes fell to Anrich Nortje on the stroke of the lunch interval  

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England's all-too-familiar top order failings left them immediately on the back foot at the beginning of their series with South Africa.

They reached lunch on the opening day at Lord's on 100 for five after their opening pair of Alex Lees and Zak Crawley, in-form Yorkshiremen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, and captain Ben Stokes all fell.

But there was at least some resistance from Ollie Pope, who defied a ferocious barrage from Kagiso Rabada and Co to reach the interval on an unbeaten 51.

Jonny Bairstow is clean bowled by Anrich Nortje as England suffered another batting collapse

Jonny Bairstow is clean bowled by Anrich Nortje as England suffered another batting collapse

Bairstow has been England's main man all summer but his middle stump was removed here

Bairstow has been England's main man all summer but his middle stump was removed here

It was comprehensively South Africa's morning at Lord's as their bowlers ripped England apart

It was comprehensively South Africa's morning at Lord's as their bowlers ripped England apart

Ollie Pope at least offered some resistance as he reached the lunch break unbeaten on 51

Ollie Pope at least offered some resistance as he reached the lunch break unbeaten on 51

This will now be a stern examination of the 'Bazball' principles that served England so well in the Tests against New Zealand and India earlier this summer.

For one thing, they won't be chasing a victory target in the fourth innings after South Africa captain Dean Elgar won the toss and elected to bowl.

So the question now is whether they can forge enough middle and lower-order partnerships to post a

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