Ben Stokes: “We can’t think too much about what was talked about in the pre-match, but we can’t think about it and that will affect what happens in the next game. Captains before have also been criticised for the way the teams have played. This is not a wake-up call or anything, but we haven’t executed our plans well. South Africa have played better. (On not having played red-ball cricket in the lead-up) I don’t want to make excuses. Maybe there was a case for some of the guys to get a first-class game, but I don’t want to be talking about it. (Next game) Probably win the toss.”
Dean Elgar: “Didn’t think, especially waking up this morning. We thought they’d bat hard and get a big lead. When it was our turn to bowl, we had to put the ball in the right areas. The guys did a great job. Very grateful with a young side. I have got a great think-tank behind the scenes. Good coaches who give great advice. As things work out, with Kesh getting a few wickets. And bringing Anrich who bowls at the speed of light. I am just looking to get better as captain. (On his partnership) Having Sarel around helps. He’s an experienced cricketer, and a great team-mate. He is a pretty fiesty character. We’ll enjoy tonight, it is Friday after all. We won’t rush it, because we need to let the young guys take in the moment.”
Kagiso Rabada is the Player of the Match: “Always special to contribute to a team success. For us to get over the line, especaily at Lord’s, is really special. I didn’t even know about the stats. All I try and do is repeat my processes and get into the contest and do what’s best for the team and for myself. (Biggest learnings since 2017) You always pick up skills along the day. The pitches here are different, bowling with the Duke’s ball is different. It’s about adjusting your lengths, and getting used to the ball. (On the seam attack) I will leave you guys to name that. (On Maharaj) Exactly., Kesh has been an outstanding performer for us down the years. Those two wickets really helped us, and nobody expected that from him. Looking forward to Manchester.”
England vs South Africa 1st Test Highlights today, Friday 19-8-2022. 1st Test, South Africa tour of England from Lord’s, London.
Toss: South Africa, elected to field first.
England team: 1 Zak Crawley, 2 Alex Lees, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Ben Stokes (capt.), 7 Ben Foakes, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Jack Leach, 10 Matthew Potts, 11 James Anderson.
South Africa team: 1 Dean Elgar, 2 Sarel Erwee, 3 Keegan Petersen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 Kyle Verreynne, 7 Keshav Maharaj, 8 Marco Jansen, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Anrich Nortje.
Head to Head In Test’s: 153
England Won: 64
South Africa Won: 34
Match Timings: 10:00 GMT | 11:00 Local
Umpires – Nitin Menon, Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire – Chris Gaffaney
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Alex Wharf
Match number – Test no. 2474