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Summary

  1. Morris (26*) & Rabada (20*) add 42
  2. South Africa slip from 117-1 to 225-7
  3. Elgar 46, Amla 40, De Villiers 36
  4. Two wickets apiece for Stokes & Finn
  5. Every batsman reaches double figures
  6. England lead 1-0 in four-Test series

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight!

Okey doke. Stephan Shemilt's report is now ready to view over here, so it's time for me to bid you a fond farewell. Thanks for your input today: you've been good.

Let's do it again tomorrow. Night.

Who's on top?

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Michael Petchey: First day honours even I would say, but all depends on how England tackle the tail tomorrow morning.

One thing's for sure: England need to get rid of the South Africa tail early on tomorrow. Anything more than 300 is a decent total on this pitch.

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Jay: Now that SA have to scored enough runs for Stokes to knock off, they'd probably want to add some for the rest of the England batsmen.

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"It's been a strange day for South Africa, with the wicketkeeper being ruled out and his replacement flying in. How South Africa have played today rather summed it up."

'We're quite pleased'

England bowling coach Ottis Gibson on Sky Sports: "We struggled early on to find the right length but after that I think Finny bowled really well. As the day went on, we got better and better. We did tail off a little, but to lose the toss and have the opposition seven down at the end of the day is reward for our hard work.

"Finny has been outstanding ever since he came into the team in the Ashes. He is going from strength to strength.

"Ben Stokes has also improved over the last six months and Moeen continues to chip in.

"We're quite pleased."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Hashim Amla walks off
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"If I'm South Africa I'm disappointed with that. Amla and Elgar were the only two people who were got out by good balls. Four of them got out to cross-batted shots, and the run-out. They made silly shots and gave it away.

"We don't know if it's a good total or not. With no Steyn and no Philander - we don't know how South Africa will go on it; they haven't got the experience, except for Morkel, so we're not sure."

Close-of-play scorecard

South Africa 267-7 (89 overs)

Batsmen: Morris 26* (50), Rabada 20* (48)

Fall of wickets: 44-1 (Van Zyl 21), 117-2 (Elgar 46), 127-3 (Amla 40), 161-4 (De Villiers 36), 185-5 (Du Plessis 16), 212-6 (Bavuma 23), 225-7 (Vilas 26)

Bowling: Anderson 20-5-46-0, Broad 17-4-58-1, Finn 18-4-50-2, Moeen 16-4-50-1, Stokes 18-1-53-2

South Africa won toss

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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was a pretty strange day. England didn't bowl very well this morning when there was bounce and carry. Jimmy Anderson was all over the place - he looked very rusty - and Broad wasn't in rhythm.

"The ball that Finn got Amla out with was a corker. Stokes bowled well in parts - skidded it around and bowled some good bowls. Moeen did well too."

Lottery numbers

The individual scores recorded by South Africa's top six reads like a list of lottery numbers: 46, 21, 40, 36, 16, 23.

The bonus ball? Chris Morris' 26 at number eight.

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Greg: Good grief I think South Africa have played and missed about 100 times today!

Lots of little partnerships

Time to recap on what we've just seen. Which is quite a lot.

South Africa won the toss and batted first. They looked to be laying solid foundations all day, but consistently lost wickets.

The partnerships South Africa recorded tell a story: 44, 73, 10, 34, 24, 27, 13, 42*.

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Ian Bradley: Win toss, bat, lowest score 16 yet lose 7 wickets, if that's happened before I'll give you the money myself.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I wonder where the South Africans feel they are in this Test - they have played a lot of cricket here. If South Africa get another 50 or 60, I would rather have the runs on the board."

Whose day was it?

I don't know what to make of that. Are England on top, having taken seven wickets after losing the toss?

Or are South Africa a few lusty blows from a par score?

The Proteas do have a pace attack which may relish steaming in on a green pitch with some widening cracks.

Close of play

SA 267-7

A final rendition of Jerusalem is belted out by the England fans, who then applaud themselves. Why not?

Chris Morris takes it upon himself to see off the final over of the day, which he does. Just about... the final ball of the day springing off a length and spooking the batsman.

Time for some rest now, though. The players head off at the end of a hard-fought day.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

James Anderson fields a ball
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"You've got to question why England haven't got another catcher or two in at this stage - late in the day, new ball, bowling at the tail."

Last over of the day coming up.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I'm amazed there hasn't been a nick to the slip cordon today."

SA 267-7

Kagiso Rabada could not have had any more luck if he'd walked out to bat with a four-leaf clover. He's going after everything and, more often than not, failing to connect. Ben Stokes can't believe what he's seeing.

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Mike Abram: Re all batsmen in double figures in Tests: has it ever happened when no one has made 50?

SA 264-7 (SA won toss)

James Anderson decides to go round the wicket to the left-handed Kagiso Rabada who has had his fair share of luck in this innings.

Lining up England's all-time leading wicket-taker for a baseball-like swat, he is left flashing at fresh air when he is beaten for pace. To rub salt into the wounds, he drives four through mid-off with a lovely flourish. He was bound to get hold of one eventually.

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Matt Walby: Jolly handy these updates, keeping me going through a 5-hour parents review day at school. Even had a South African parent!

SA 258-7 (Morris 24 off 42)

Chris Morris takes no prisoners. None at all.

Ben Stokes pitches the ball up, it's in the slot and Morris belts it through the covers for four. That would have decapitated a pigeon if one had been unfortunate to be grazing on the grass seeds of a used wicket. He hit the ball so hard.

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Steven Mitchell: How often have all 11 batsmen in a Test-match innings registered double figures? Could happen here.

SportsMind: What's the lowest total where every batsman reached double figures?

SA 254-7 (Morris 20, Rabada 13)

They say a good motorist should adjust their driving style to the conditions they are faced with. Kagiso Rabada would do well to heed the advice as he time and again goes for the glory shot through the covers, but time and again is made to look silly by a James Anderson outswinger. As the youth of today would say, he's being owned.

But he's still there. Much to Anderson's annoyance.

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"That was a lucky one from Morris - he couldn't have done that if he'd tried."

SA 252-7 (Morris 19, Rabada 12)

A lucky escape for Morris. Playing back to Finn, the ball skews tamely back over the bowler's head and plops on to the ground where the umpire was stood. English heads in hands.

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PitchedOutsideLeg: Boy in primary school class had surname of Newball. Often wished he'd become tennis player or cricketer. Could have caused chaos.

SA 251-7 (run-rate 3.05)

Steven Finn bowled England's first no-ball of the series in the last over, and was lucky not to be called for another massive overstep.

James Anderson is still wicketless and can hardly believe it when he swings two beauties past Kagiso Rabada's groping outside edge. He's too good for the youngster.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"This partnership is just developing. It's been the story of the day - South Africa have had many small partnerships but not one that really hurts an opposition team and goes a long way to winning a Test match."

Attendance today: 8,664. Plus the umpire has twice told the band to stop playing. don't want people enjoying themselves.This is Test cricket

SA 251-7 (Finn 17-4-49-2)

Steven Finn has been England's best bowler once again today. Fast, plenty of bounce and some late movement. He's everything you want in a fast bowler.

Chris Morris doesn't fancy it. He fends off a short one with one hand off his bat and facing the other way. Finn is the type of bowler who can slice through a lower order like a hot knife through butter.

As I type that, however, Kagiso Rabada brings up his side's 250 with a push through the off side for four.

Crowd watching

A very poor album cover from the nineties? Or just three wilting England fans?

cricket fans at the Test match
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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Chris Morris
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"He's got some talent, this Morris lad. He might be what South Africa looking for: someone who can bat and bowl seam. He's also such a good slipper. You're getting a good cricketer."

SA 243-7 (Anderson 17-5-37-0)

Three slips and a gully are stationed for Jimmy, who finds the outside edge straight away but a sprawling Ben Stokes can't quite get his hands to a difficult chance. Chris Morris then squirts four past backward point.

Hang on... four more when Anderson strays down leg. His first loose delivery of the day. He's furious with himself as the ball races off the turf through mid-wicket.

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New ball

New ball time. James Anderson time.

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Nick Round: I like England's new tactic, let the batsmen get themselves in and then let them get themselves out.

SA 235-7

Kagiso Rabada is looking unconvincing against Moeen Ali, leaving one which dips back in and almost knocks back the left-hander's off stump.

He knows what to do with a full toss though... clouting it for six. Slog.