England captain Joe Root has mentioned he hopes his illness-affected group can “bounce again robust” after they misplaced the primary Take a look at match in South Africa by 107 runs.

Chasing a report second innings victory goal of 376 on the fourth day in Pretoria, the vacationers had been all out for 268.

Root refused in charge a contagious bug that has seen 10 gamers, together with the skipper himself who was affected on Friday, and 4 assist employees laid low.

“I believe just about everybody has been ailing now, so hopefully that is out of the way in which! Hopefully that is the tip of it and we will bounce again robust,” Root mentioned.

He added that the group’s first innings collapse to 181 all out was central to their defeat.

“That is the place the sport was received and misplaced. It is actually disappointing however in the identical sense it is actually pleasing to see us in a short time put in a greater efficiency within the second innings.”

Stuart Broad (L) and James Anderson leave the field after South Africa won the first Test in Pretoria by 107 runs
Picture: Stuart Broad (L) and James Anderson go away the sector after South Africa received the primary Take a look at by 107 runs

England had raised hopes of a Headingley-esque end when Ben Stokes – who hit an unbeaten 135 as his aspect chased down 359 to beat Australia at Leeds through the Ashes final summer season – and Root had been on the crease with 174 wanted.

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However Root’s dismissal for 48 kicked off a sequence of 5 wickets for 36, with the innings wrapping up in acquainted disappointing trend for the vacationers as Stuart Broad was clear bowled.

Root mentioned: “It isn’t been lengthy since we have seen related chases from the same group of gamers. We received ourselves ready at lunch, with me and Ben (Stokes), the place it was just about the identical equation as at Headingley a couple of months again.

“We had been totally assured we may chase these runs down, we simply knew it was going to take one or two affordable partnerships and we would have liked to barter the brand new ball very effectively.”

South Africa lead 1-Zero going into Friday’s second Take a look at in Cape City.

The second Take a look at between South Africa and England, in Cape City, is reside on Sky Sports activities Cricket from 7.30am on Friday.