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sport news BUMBLE AT THE TEST: Don't rule out big changes

England were thrashed by South Africa at Trent Bridge in the second test as they lost by 340 runs.

The home side were chasing an unlikely 474 but their batting collapsed as they were bowled out for just 133.  

Here Sportsmail's DAVID LLOYD reflects on another chastening day for England at Trent Bridge...

Liam Dawson (left) and James Anderson walk off after the final wicket at Trent Bridge

Liam Dawson (left) and James Anderson walk off after the final wicket at Trent Bridge

Stick Joe Root at three in the batting order 

What are England to do with this flaky top order? Keaton Jennings form has been woeful throughout June and July while Gary Ballance is struggling. One solution? Put Joe Root at three! The new England captain can provide so much stability there. 

I expect Mark Stoneman to come in at the Oval and I’ll give you some other contenders. I’ve mentioned Dawid Malan before and I think another who is really close to selection now is Tom Westley. Watch this space…..

England should stick captain Joe Root at three to sort out their flaky top batting order

England should stick captain Joe Root at three to sort out their flaky top batting order

Give Mason Crane a go alongside Moeen Ali 

I’m not having this nonsense that Moeen Ali is the No 2 spinner. He’s a fixture in the team. But the selectors are keen on Mason Crane so why not give him a go at the Oval alongside Moeen? It’s a great place for a leg-spinner to start. 

Will Mark Wood be able to play three games in a row? He doesn’t usually. So there could be an opportunity for Toby Roland-Jones or Craig Overton but that could depend on the fitness of Jake Ball with Chris Woakes already ruled out….

Don't rule out wholesale changes for third test 

Selectors usually say ‘don’t panic Captain Mainwaring’ after a performance like this but it’s not beyond the realms that they could make wholesale changes for the third Test next week. Jennings, Ballance, Wood and Liam Dawson are all under threat now. 

There might well be talk about allowing Jonny Bairstow to concentrate on his batting without worrying about the gloves too because England have a real keeper-batsman prospect in Ben Foakes. Not sure about that one myself because Jonny has worked so hard and is keeping so well…..

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