James Anderson claimed his 300th Test wicket in England before South Africa reached lunch on 56-1 after a rain-interrupted morning on day one of the second Test at Trent Bridge.
Seamer Anderson took his overall tally to 471 when Dean Elgar (six) was superbly caught at backward point by Liam Dawson, who took an athletic, two-handed catch to his right to leave the tourists 18-1.
Elgar and Heino Kuhn (34no) survived a testing opening spell of swing bowling from Anderson and Stuart Broad in helpful seam conditions for almost 40 minutes after returning South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and chose to bowl.
Only 18 runs came in that time, though, and when Anderson offered up a fuller, wider delivery Elgar couldn’t resist driving at it – Dawson holding on to the edge smartly.
Hashim Amla (16no) became only the fourth South African to score 8,000 Test runs – joining Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers – when he reached eight.
Runs remained at a premium, though, against England’s disciplined attack – Kuhn continuing after taking a crushing blow on the back of the helmet as he was beaten for pace by an 85.1mph Mark Wood delivery when he had 13.
Play was interrupted for 22 minutes when a shower swept across the ground with South Africa 41-1.
England lost a review on the resumption when Ben Stokes insisted on reviewing a ‘not out’ lbw decision against Amla – replays showing the ball hit the batsman outside the line with a hint of inside edge beforehand too.
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