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There is nothing more infuriating for a captain than the opposition scoring lower-order runs, and the way the South African tail wagged yesterday amplified the feeling that the tourists have simply been better than England in every department this summer.

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Alviro Petersen scored 182, his highest in a test match, as he steered South African to a commanding 419 all out on day two of the second test at Headingley on Friday.

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Thumping defeat puts England position as world No 1 in peril

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