Standard Bank Proteas bowler, Vernon Philander, says there are ‘no excuses’ for the ill-disciplined bowling performance on day one of the first Test match against England at Lord’s on Thursday. The attack had the perfect start restricting the hosts to 82/4 at lunch, but lost their way with the poor execution of the basics – which included nine no-balls- and the costly wicket of Joe Root, who is unbeaten on 184.
Philander was the standout performer on the day finishing with 3/46 in 16 overs, the highlight of a disappointing day dominated by a phenomenal Root batting masterclass. The bowlers have a second new ball and fresh legs to look ahead to on day two on Friday, which could be a defining day in the match if England’s batsmen continue to keep the scoreboard ticking. Philander says the attack will need to regroup and show some character if they are to restrict England to a manageable first innings total. England will resume on 357/5 with Root (184) and Moeen Ali (61) at the crease.

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