England v South Africa: first Test, day two – live!

“Morning Nick, morning everyone,” greets John Swan, formally but entirely correctly. “I agree with Gary Naylor’s advice to Joe Root but I think it is probably entirely unnecessary. Joe Root is surely his own man – he may be a cheeky chappy with a boyish grin but he has huge mental strength, he’s very organised and he knows his game, and I am pretty sure he has already hinted that he will captain proactively and aggressively, he will take punts on bowlers and field placings, he will make outrageous declarations and he will back the team to play with even more freedom. I think exciting times await – and I say that as an England cricket fan who has been following the sport since the eighties.”

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