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THE Proteas last night set England a target of 474 for victory, as the South Africans continued their bid for a serieslevelling win in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

At stumps, the hosts were 1/0, with opening batsmen Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings seeing off the four overs bowled. To kick off the bowling, Morne Morkel bowled a magnificent maiden and almost got off to an exciting start with Cook given out lbw on the first ball, before getting a reprieve from Hawk-Eye.

Vernon Philander followed suit with some excellent bowling of his own and neither batsman got off the mark until Morkel’s second over, with a leg bye. Amla, who fell for 87, had earlier set the Proteas on a commanding course and they were 343/9 when the declaration came.

The Proteas have plenty of time to bowl England out with two days to go. Barring the weather they should seal the win and tie the series. If England are to win it will be highest run chase in Test history – an unlikely scenario.