ENG vs SA 1st Test: England remain positive despite late South Africa charge

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ENG vs SA 1st Test: England remain positive despite late South Africa charge
ENG vs SA 1st Test: England remain positive despite late South Africa charge

ENG vs SA 1st Test: England remain positive despite late South Africa charge

ENG vs SA 1st Test: A late run-burst from South Africa on the second day of the first test at Lord’s pushed the touring team into a dominating position, but spinner Jack Leach insists England will keep up their optimistic brand of cricket.

On Thursday, with South Africa down six wickets and only a lead of 45, the home team’s bowlers, led by skipper Ben Stokes, forced England back into the match.

“We are behind in the game, but we’ve stuck at it really well,” Leach told SkySports. “We are always trying to take wickets, that’s our mindset. And we could have had a few more, but we just have to keep at it.

“I felt like we were creating half-chances and we have to believe we can take them. It’s the way it goes, we are just thinking about how to impact the game in front of us and not about the scoreboard.”

ENG vs SA 1st Test: England remain positive despite late South Africa charge
ENG vs SA 1st Test: England remain positive despite late South Africa charge

Leach (1-42) bowled with excellent control and incredible spin, dismissing Aiden Markram (16).

“I felt like I had nothing to lose and could just go for it, spin the ball hard and see what is in the surface,” he said.

“I feel that belief in me now. And I have confidence having played enough test cricket. You get that confidence through performances.

“When I get into a rhythm, I feel I have more control and energy. It’s about not rushing things. If you feel excitement and nerves you can rush through your run-up.”

The test is the first of three games in the series, which also includes contests at The Oval and Old Trafford.