Broad pleased with key De Villiers dismissal


England bowler Stuart Broad was delighted to remove South Africa dangerman AB de Villiers as the tourists edged ahead on day two of the first Test in Durban.

De Villiers - one of the most destructive batsmen in the world game - had been given a reprieve on 11 when he edged Steven Finn to Ben Stokes, who claimed a low catch only for television replays to prove inconclusive.

And it was Broad who eventually removed De Villiers for 49, inducing an edge behind to claim his wicket for the eighth time in Tests - more than any other bowler.

Broad had earlier hit 32 not out as England reached 303 all out, before South Africa ended the day 137-4, the seamer recording figures of 3-16.

"AB was taking the game away from us slightly so we tried to put pressure on him to make score shots and the ball swung late and got more grip than I thought it would," Broad said.

"He's one of these players that has a lot of time at the crease so you have to keep your patience.

"We thought we'd go seven-two [off-side field] and try and get him to hit really good shots but to fielders to try and frustrate him and mix the pace slightly.

"The cutters were just gripping and bouncing slightly and he just feathered one. It was quite a nice little plan to work straight away."

Dean Elgar remained unbeaten on 67 at stumps, and Broad feels the Test is still finely in balance with South Africa 166 behind with six wickets in hand.

"It's very even I think. The first hour-and-a-half tomorrow is going to be crucial," he added.

"Tomorrow we will try and get some reverse swing because I think we saw from today that as soon as it's moving sideways it's a different game.

"If we can get a first-innings lead we will hope for [the wicket] to keep deteriorating. It's going to be important. It is a bit drier than we thought and Mo got a little bit of spin towards the end of the day. We have to aim for a first-innings lead, but that will be hard work. 

"We're fighting hard, we're okay, but we're still seeking to take all our chances and stay in this game."