Amla, who survived an optimistic England review second ball after the rain break, looked comfortable as he pulled the second of his three boundaries to become the fourth Protea after Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers to reach the milestone of 8 000 runs. Faf du Plessis is the sort of player who sprinkles hard knocks over his cereals in the morning and will be out to inspire a reaction from his wounded side; South Africa have not lost a Test series in England in nearly 20 years and the battle to preserve that record will now intensify.
In favourable conditions for seamers England captain Joe Root, who took over from Alastair Cook for the Lord's match, said he would have bowled first anyway.
Stuart Broad (three for 47), returning to his home ground for the first time in a Test since his epic eight for 15 when England clinched the Ashes here two years ago, shifted third-wicket pair Quinton de Kock (68) and Hashim Amla (78) in a spell of 5-2-8-2 after tea.
James Anderson induced a slashed drive from Elgar and Liam Dawson‚ in the gully‚ dived to snare a fine catch. Kuhn faced 42 balls for two single-figure scores at Lord's, undone by a ideal Stuart Broad delivery in the first innings and perhaps a little unlucky to edge James Anderson down the leg side second time out.
STUART BROAD will never repeat the incredible feats of his last Test at Trent Bridge but he tried his best yesterday.
Stokes then saw Du Plessis brilliantly caught down the leg side by a flying Jonny Bairstow, with Temba Bavuma edging behind when attempting a leave.
At Lord's, South Africa could not handle the turning pitch in the final innings as Moeen Ali claimed his first 10-wicket Test haul. The Lord's Test might be the only one they have lost since the loss in Adelaide in the day-night encounter against Australia, which was a dead rubber.
"Broady, Jimmy, Woody and Stokesy only bowling a handful of overs in the second innings last week means they're nice and fresh - and when they get the opportunity this week I hope they're still fresh". Anderson and Broad probed constantly with testing lines and ideal seam movement but South Africa resisted the temptation and everything thrown at them before lunch. Morris, being an all rounder, will give the team more runs to play with, and will undoubtedly do a good job with the ball as well.
"Morris and Philander's partnership has given South Africa the day. So you certainly feel a bit more relaxed around the camp".
"It's basics for me - there's no point looking too much further, because you can over-analyse", he said.
"I haven't played a lot with the A side guys to comment on them", he said. We knew coming into this one we needed to fight, and throw the first punch for us to get somewhere.