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Sir Andrew Strauss on England’s loss to South Africa: “There was an irresistible momentum and they couldn’t seem to find a way to stop it. There was certainly no digging in and gradually trying to fight the momentum. Before you knew it, it was because everywhere”

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Highlights from day three of the first Test as South Africa beat England by one innings and 12 runs

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Highlights from day three of the first Test as South Africa beat England by one innings and 12 runs

Highlights from day three of the first Test as South Africa beat England by one innings and 12 runs

Sir Andrew Strauss reflects on England’s crushing defeat to South Africa in the first LV=Insurance Test at Lord’s when Ben Stokes’ side were beaten three days after scoring 165 and 149…

I think we are all quite surprised to see England pull out as quickly as they did on day three. There was some excellent bowling, but it all happened like a deck of cards.

There was this irresistible urge behind it and England couldn’t seem to find a way to stop it. There was certainly no digging and attempt to gradually fight the urge. Before you knew it, it was all over.

You have to take the rough with the smooth. For all of England’s brilliance so far this summer, it is high stakes cricket and when you play high stakes cricket the odds are stacked against you and it can look pretty ugly when it doesn’t work out.

Head coach Brendon McCullum says England will not panic after seeing their four-match winning streak come to an end.

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Head coach Brendon McCullum says England will not panic after seeing their four-match winning streak come to an end.

Head coach Brendon McCullum says England will not panic after seeing their four-match winning streak come to an end.

You can give England the benefit of the doubt in the early innings – there was a lot of movement there and it was wet, dark and overcast.

But by the second inning, I’m scratching my head and wondering why it all happened so fast. There were soft dismissals and it all seemed too easy for me, but I don’t think it was about aggression.

There was a spell when Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes were together and had a bit of excitement while Jonny Bairstow showed some intent, but at that stage the game was set after the first few wickets. At no time did England get into the game.

In Test Cricket, you always expect that ebb and flow and it never happened. Ultimately we have had two days of test cricket with rain on the first day. The pitch did not require a two-day trial. It was good.

It was great quality from South Africa against an England team that was either undercooked or overconfident or just not up to the task.

Captain Ben Stokes says England's confidence has not been affected by their innings loss to South Africa at Lord's

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Captain Ben Stokes says England’s confidence has not been affected by their innings loss to South Africa at Lord’s

Captain Ben Stokes says England’s confidence has not been affected by their innings loss to South Africa at Lord’s

How will England deal with defeat?

After four wins earlier in the summer, Brendon McCullum just had to say the same thing: ‘rinse and repeat, stay aggressive, stay positive.’

Now that they have lost, it is true that they do not play aggressively, now they tell the players that they have to earn the right to be on top?

England’s middle order is always going to be aggressive with Bairstow, Stokes and Joe Root, but they still need that foundation so we need more returns from the top order. It is absolutely crucial.

The problem with Zak Crawley is that we haven’t had the ups to go with the downs. It seems that his game is a bit skewed at the moment.

You don’t understand the high risk of low risk options. From what we have seen, he is also not happy with his game or his place in the team.

Zak Crawley is averaging under 17 in 10 Test innings so far this summer

Zak Crawley is averaging under 17 in 10 Test innings so far this summer

In that double hundred against Pakistan [in 2020] We saw their strengths. He’s tall, he can hit balls on top of the bounce: it’s hard to bowl in full flow.

But the secret to batting at the top of the order in international cricket is problem solving and understanding that different pitches and bowling attacks raise different questions.

We haven’t seen enough of that: learning, adapting your game, making smart decisions. If you don’t have that, you’re not going to last in international cricket. There is too much analysis and too many smart bowlers that will work you very quickly.

England vs South Africa

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‘South Africa hunted in packs; England attack at a pace

It was brilliant from South Africa. From the moment they arrived, they have been serious. They took the initiative when the conditions were in their favor on day one and have given England nothing to work with.

Everyone talks about Kagiso Rabada’s strike rate being the best ever and I think we saw that in this game. [as he took seven wickets] Why is that

He has so many ways to take land. He has enough pace and can keep bowling at that speed all day. He has movement, swing.

It was a phenomenal performance and he was helped along by the other bowlers. You talk about bowling in society and hunting in packs and South Africa did extraordinarily well.

Anrich Nortje's searing bowling spell saw him take out Jonny Bairstow, Alex Lees and Ben Foakes

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Anrich Nortje’s searing bowling spell saw him take out Jonny Bairstow, Alex Lees and Ben Foakes

Anrich Nortje’s searing bowling spell saw him take out Jonny Bairstow, Alex Lees and Ben Foakes

Anrich Nortje showed why bowlers are worth their weight in gold and that is why England are missing Mark Wood and Jofra Archer at the moment.

This game was about England not batting as well as they would have liked, but I thought there was a real contrast in the bowling attacks.

England seemed one-dimensional and single-paced, and for the enduring quality of Broad and James Anderson, South Africa had that extra edge England couldn’t match.

It looks like South Africa has all the bases covered in the bowling sense. We don’t fully know how potent his hitting lineup is. Sarel Erwee played very well but there is still inexperience there and England will still see vulnerabilities.

Watch the first day of the second LV= Insurance Test between England and South Africa, from Emirates Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports The Hundred from Thursday. Preparation begins at 10 a.m. before the first dance at 11 a.m.

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