Marizanne Kapp pulls South Africa out of trouble after England’s meteoric start

Marizanne Kapp played with the bat as South Africa recovered 45 for four to reach 284 all (David Davies/PA) (PA Wire)

Marizanne Kapp batted as South Africa recovered 45 for four to reach 284 all out on the first day of England’s only women’s Test match of the summer.

Kapp reached 150 from 213 deliveries as England ushered in a new era with four debutants, three taking their first Test wickets.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the opening day talking points.

Time of the day

England handed out four new selections at the start of the day, to Issy Wong, Lauren Bell, Alice Davidson-Richards and Emma Lamb, and the top three all took wickets on day one.

Statistics of the day

It was the first Test match between the England women and the South Africa women since 2003

Back then, the teams were playing a two-match series which the hosts won 1-0. The games were played at Taunton and Shenley, and England only struck twice in the series.

A new era

It was the first time since 2008 that England had been without their established opening partnership of Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole, but the new players held on and played well, particularly Bell and Wong.

Attract the next generation

Much of the crowd was made up of school children, accompanied by a giant star to represent All Stars cricket. A number also took to the pitch at lunch to show off their cricketing skills.

And after?

England will be hoping to bounce back as Matchday 2 begins after letting the afternoon and evening sessions drift slightly away from them. Heather Knight will also want to give her bowlers a rest after their first test match since Australia in January.

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