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Broad takes wicket treble to give England the edge


Stuart Broad took three wickets for England yesterday

Stuart Broad took three wickets for England yesterday

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Stuart Broad took three wickets for England yesterday

Stuart Broad felt England could have been in an even better position after day two of the first Test against South Africa, despite his three wickets edging the tourists ahead in Durban.

Broad bowled magnificently in James Anderson's absence, taking the wickets of key men Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers on his way to figures of three for 16 in 10 overs.

The Proteas closed on 137 for four - a healthy deficit of 166 - but there were chances that begging too.

Ben Stokes would have had Dean Elgar (67no) lbw had England reviewed Aleem Dar's not out decision and the Durham all-rounder also looked to have caught De Villiers long before his eventual dismissal.

On that occasion on-field uncertainty and the familiar problems with slow-motion replays went against the fielding side.

Jonny Bairstow also dropped Amla, though the home captain could not cash in.

"For sure, we left a couple of wickets out there," said Broad.

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"That's something we're still trying to work on as a team...not having to take 25 wickets to win a Test match, taking all our chances.

"The reviews were all our fault really.

"We thought Elgar hit the ball on the lbw, which is why we didn't call for the review."

The tourists were unanimous that De Villiers, who made 49, was out for 11 when Stokes gathered an edge off Steven Finn's bowling but Broad took a pragmatic view.

"The encouraging thing as a bowling group is we're creating those chances," he said.

"All our management said 'that's 100% out' on Stokesy's catch, but I'm sure South Africa's changing room would have said it's not out."

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