03 January 2020 18:42

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South Africa's Anrich Nortje took the vital wickets of captain Joe Root and talisman Ben Stokes as England struggled to 262 for nine at stumps on the first day of the second test on Friday. Pace bowler Nortje, playing his fourth test, finished with 2-54 off 17 overs as the home side restricted the tourists on a Newlands wicket that was expected to be full of runs. A late cameo from Ollie Pope, one of three changes to the touring side's line-up after they lost the first test by 107 runs, lifted England's gloom slightly as he defied the second new ball to finish unbeaten on 56. Pope was caught in the deep in the penultimate over of the day but earned a reprieve when Kagiso Rabada's delivery proved to be a no-ball. Pope attacked the new ball to add an unbeaten 28 runs for the last wicket with James Anderson, who will resume on three not out.

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