Cook falls after solid start against South Africa

Cape Town (AFP) – Alastair Cook fell to a superb slip catch by new cap Chris Morris after England made a solid start on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Saturday.

England were 76 for one at lunch after winning the toss & making first use of a pitch with satisfactory bounce yet minimal sideways movement.

Cook made 27 in an opening stand of 55 with Alex Hales before edging Kagiso Rabada low to third slip where Morris dived far to his left & held the ball centimetres above the ground. Hales was 38 not out at lunch.

p>Fast bowlers Rabada & Morris were playing in place of Dale Steyn & Kyle Abbott, who suffered shoulder & hamstring injuries respectively during South Africa's 241-run defeat in the first Test in Durban.

Rabada & off-spinner Dane Piedt were both playing in their fourth Test match, leaving Morne Morkel, in his 69th Test, as the only experienced member of the South African bowling attack.

Both Rabada & Morris built up satisfactory pace, with Rabada clocked at 150kmh shortly before dismissing Cook.

In a third alter for South Africa, Quinton de Kock replaced out-of-form batsman JP Duminy. De Kock kept wicket, with AB de Villiers playing as a specialist batsman.

England swift bowler James Anderson, who missed the first Test because of a calf strain, was passed fit & replaced Chris Woakes.

On a hot, sunny day, Cook & Hales started cautiously, scoring 11 runs off the first six overs before Rabada came into the attack & was hit for two fours off his first two balls by Hales.

Both batsmen were looking comfortable until Cook, after hitting four boundaries in a 49-ball innings was drawn into a drive against Rabada & Morris made his first significant contribution in a Test match.

Consumer DiscretionarySports & RecreationAlastair CookSouth AfricaAlex Hales

Source: “AFP”

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