GOODBYE JOE: South Africa's Chris Morris celebrates bowling England captain Joe Root for eight in the Second Test at Trent Bridge
GOODBYE JOE: South Africa's Chris Morris celebrates bowling England captain Joe Root for eight in the Second Test at Trent Bridge Nick Potts

Joe Root's England falls apart handing Test to South Africa

SOUTH Africa has embarrassed Joe Root's England side with a 340-run win in the Second Test at Trent Bridge, levelling the four-match series.

Chasing an unlikely 474, England was all out for 133 in its second innings. South Africa took little more than 40 overs to take all 10 wickets on the fourth day of the Test.

South Africa's 335 and 9-343 declared made a mockery of England's pitiful first innings of 205 and that second-innings collapse.

England won the First Test at Lord's - Root's first in charge - by 211 runs, with the skipper scoring 190.

South Africa's quicks exploited England's weakness at the top with opener Keaton Jennings and No.3 Gary Ballance yet to make significant scores in this series.

England was 2-3 in the first innings and 2-28 in the second.

However Root was not worried by their poor form.

"No, I don't think it (the top three) is a concern," he said.

"They just need some runs and to spend some time out in the middle.

"I'm sure if they get the opportunity to do that in the next game they will go on and make big scores.

"We'll sit down with selection and make sure we're happy with what we have going into the next one."

The third Test at The Oval starts in 10 days.

Faf du Plessis returned to lead South Africa after missing the Lord's defeat for the birth of his first child.

Du Plessis led impressively - tactically and with a valuable innings of 63 in the second innings.

"Faf brings a sense of calmness and his intellect on the field, there's not many people who can compare," South Africa spin bowler Keshav Maharaj said.

England didn't last two sessions on the fourth day.

Chris Morris took two key wickets for South Africa before lunch, knocking over Root's off stump and then bouncing out former skipper Alastair Cook, who top-scored with 42.

At 4-79 at lunch, England collapsed in an hour after the break, losing its last five wickets for 11 runs.

Duanne Olivier wrapped it up for South Africa with two wickets in two balls, while seamer Vernon Philander and left-arm spinner Maharaj collected three wickets each.

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