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South Africa closes in as England 79-4 in 2nd test

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NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) Joe Root had his off stump knocked out the ground as England lost four wickets in the first session and slid toward defeat on Day 4 of the second test against South Africa on Monday.

England captain Root was bowled by Chris Morris for eight – the wicket South Africa really wanted – to leave England 79-4 at lunch and still 395 runs off its imposing target of 474.

Morris also removed Alastair Cook soon before lunch and Vernon Philander claimed two early scalps for South Africa, putting the tourists six wickets away from a series-leveling victory at Trent Bridge.