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  1. Cook hits 115 on South Africa debut
  2. Amla 109 - adds 202 with Cook
  3. Bavuma 32*, De Kock 25* from 274-5
  4. Two wickets for Moeen
  5. England lead 2-0 in four-match series

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By James Gheerbrant and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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Well, that's it. This final Test is very finely poised but South Africa will feel they just about have their noses in front. England, however, will be very confident of making inroads with the new ball in the morning and putting themselves in a winning position. Join us tomorrow to see how it pans out. Until then, goodbye.

Who is on top?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Very definitely South Africa. England's bowling was flat - woeful - this morning and not that much better this afternoon. South Africa made hay bit in the evening."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"When the new ball was taken I am afraid whatever we tried we were just too short.

"Bavuma looked fantastic - he hits his off drives crisply - and we bowled too short at De Kock. They got 46 off the 10 with new ball so they finished the day in South Africa’s favour."

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Greg Russell: Whilst SA team may not be a classic it's not a shocker. De Villiers, Amla, Morkel surely all considered greats. Great series win.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"De Villiers is the best in the world but when you first get in got to play yourself in. If you can bowl it in that channel you get people out. Broad got him fiddling outside off stump but we didn’t bowl it there often enough."

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Ian Shepherd: Honours even so far. England have responded well.. Need 2 knock em over for 400 or less.

'Gorgeous' Cook

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"His footwork was immaculate, absolutely gorgeous. He got right back and what you have to with the short ball is get high and keep it down.

"His shots were nice touch shots. He just played nice cricket and I thought,  'Wow, where has he been?' They have airy fairy opening batsmen in but where has he been? For 90 runs he looked an excellent opening batsmen."

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Ian Bradley: Evidence mounting, England have an Anderson shaped hole to fill before the next Ashes series.

Ian Joyce: Why we haven't given others a game is beyond me.

'Woakes is a fill-in bowler'

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Woakes does his best but there's a bit missing - he's steady, has got a nice action and moves the ball a little bit. But as a batsman there's nothing to worry about - he's a fill-in. There's a little nip missing to make him a really good Test bowler."

Player reaction

England batsman Joe Root on Sky Sports: "We weren't quite at our absolute best, but I thought the way we applied ourselves in the last two hours was a great effort. I wouldn't say we lacked intensity, but sometimes you can have a bad day. 

"South Africa played well, but when you get behind the game, the important thing is how you react and we reacted well. James Taylor is a freak and if he keeps taking them like that he'll get a reputation as the best in the world."

'Ordinary' Anderson

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Jimmy Anderson looked very ordinary. He had no pace, no nip. I don’t think he needs a break; he needs lots of bowling. He looks so rusty and unfortunately he gave that impression with body language."

Player reaction

Stephen Cook celebrates reaching 100 runs
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Stephen Cook, who made 115 on his South Africa debut, on Sky Sports: "I didn't feel too much different this morning - I was relatively calm. I'm a fairly level-headed guy. But there was an extra twinkle."

"There were a couple of nervous moments in the 90s. There was a referral on 98 - I have never been so nervous in my life. I though, 'I've waited for so long to be here, but if I had to wait for another hour so, I'll do that'."

On his century: "There wasn't a lot going through my mind. I was really happy to go and make three figures - to finally cross over."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England looked out of the game at tea but they came out after and started to pressurise both batsmen with off-side fields, bowling wider and wider. Stokes and Broad bowled particularly well and make it very difficult for them to score.

"Amla got out through the short stuff. He didn't get right forward to Stokes and he nicked it on to his stumps. Stokes made something happen when they were in difficulty.

"The lad played really well for 90 runs - he looked an excellent opening batsman. The nervous nineties got to him."

Father reaction

Former South Africa batsman Jimmy Cook, father of Stephen Cook, on Sky Sports: "I couldn't be prouder, he's put in so much dedication and hard work. I was due to go to Dubai but my younger son cancelled my ticket. 

"He's stuck to the way he plays and I was pleased to see him go up a level and do well. He couldn't have asked for a better partner than Hashim. I always encouraged to keep persevering. 

"I always encouraged him to play overseas but he wanted to stay and play for South Africa. I thought it might never happen for him but he never gave up hope."

Day one summary

So, a see-sawing first day but South Africa will feel they just about have their noses in front having won the toss and chosen to bat.

The hosts were dominant in the first two sessions, with debutant Stephen Cook and Hashim Amla both posting superb hundreds.

England's bowling was lacklustre, and their fielding was mixed - with James Taylor taking a blinder at short leg to dismiss Dean Elgar but Cook and Amla both missed at slip.

But the tourists fought back in the evening session to reduce South Africa from 237-1 to 273-5, with Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali taking a wicket apiece before De Kock and Bavuma's late cameo.

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Ian Bradley: Evidence mounting, England have an Anderson shaped hole to fill before the next Ashes series.

Close-of-play scorecard

South Africa 329-5 (90 overs)

Batsmen: Bavuma 32* (53), De Kock 25* (31)

S Cook 115 (218 balls), Amla 109 (169)

Fall of wickets: 35-1 (Elgar 20), 237-2 (Amla 109), 328-3 (De Villiers 0), 271-4 (S Cook 115), 273-5 (Duminy 16)

Bowling figures: Anderson 21-4-70-0, Broad 18-1-65-1, Moeen 17-4-53-2, Woakes 16-2-74-1, Stokes 18-2-57-1

South Africa won toss

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Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"A pretty hard day out there for England. Not quite a day of two halves, but for two thirds of the day I thought England were below par."

Close of play - SA 329-5

Ben Stokes is given the ball for the last over of the day. But it's South Africa who are finishing this topsy-turvy day with their hand on the tiller, and Bavuma has the final word by square-driving for four. That's stumps.

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"It has been a really enjoyable day's cricket. It is always nice when someone comes in and does well in their first Test."

SA 323-5

Bavuma knocks a single and that brings up a rapido 50 partnership between these two. Just when England seemed to have the momentum, these two young thrusters have pinched it.

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"That’s an exquisite shot, he really does play that well. There was a bit of Tendulkar about that."

SA 322-5 (Broad 18-1-65-1)

Bavuma keeps the momentum flowing South Africa's way with a brace of fours. The first is brutal, crunched down the ground; the second is pure eye candy: getting his foot to the pitch of the ball and unfurling a velvety drive through the covers. So good-looking you could pin it to a teenager's bedroom wall.

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Greg: With the new ball in their hands our bowlers have lost their heads. Poor bowling.

SA 313-5 (Bavuma 16, De Kock 25)

De Kock puts the hammer down! The cherubic stroke-maker is getting his ODI groove on. He takes Jimmy Anderson for a trio of fours: punching down the ground, slashing off the back foot and then clobbering a pull over midwicket. This partnership, in no time at all, has accumulated 40.

Chigumbura resigns as Zimbabwe captain

Elton Chigumbura
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News from elsewhere in the cricket world: Elton Chigumbura has stepped down as Zimbabwe captain in all forms of the game.

The 29-year-old all-rounder has captained Zimbabwe in 62 of his 196 ODIs and 18 of his 41 Twenty20s.

Although he has been Test captain since Brendon Taylor quit internationals after the 2015 World Cup, he has not led the side because Zimbabwe have not played a Test since November 2014.

Chigumbura said: "I still believe I have more years of playing in me and of winning games for the team."

SA 299-5

De Kock clips Broad into the leg side for a single. Meanwhile, up on the balcony, Jimmy Cook - father of Stephen - has cracked open the bubbly. 

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England need another wicket to make it a comparable day. They gave them a 100-plus start before they have clawed it back a bit."

SA 297-5 (Anderson 20-4-56-0)

Bavuma pokes through backward square for a couple. The floodlights are on...

SA 295-5 (Bavuma 14, De Kock 10)

What do you reckon - are we having that from De Kock? How do you hurt yourself walking the dog exactly? It sounds like one of those excuses you'd make your mum write in a note if you wanted to get out of games. Has anyone from Cricket SA checked what he was up to during the third Test? He's back now though, and announcing himself to Stuart Broad with a crunching pull through the leg side for four.

Mark Boucher

Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

"Anything under 400 will be a massive disappointment to South Africa. After lunch, England would have said if we could bowl them out for under 400 then we have done a fantastic job."

SA 291-5

Quinton de Kock, you may recall, missed the last Test with one of the more bizarre excuses in cricket history - he apparently hurt himself walking the dog. It's just as well Dane Vilas didn't make a hundred in his absence - he might have stubbed his toe kicking the poor mutt. De Kock defends to mid-on for a single.

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Charlie Latto: In the space of a day we've gone from being a great team, to having an awful bowling attack, back to being pretty good again.

SA 290-5 (Broad 15-1-50-1)

Whoah there, some absolutely prodigious movement from Stuart Broad, wide and De Kock can't resist a dart - he's lucky not to snick as it curves into the hands of first slip. The average first innings total at Centurion, I'm told, is 350, which makes this pretty much a par effort by South Africa so far. Mind you, there's work to do yet to get up to that total. 

Mark Boucher

Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

"It is a big moment for England. If they can nick a couple here, and get them seven down, they can go to bed thinking, 'we can have a big lead here'."

New ball taken

SA 287-5

Yes, unsurprisingly, the new ball is taken straight away, and entrusted to the craftsmanship of Jimmy Anderson. Plenty of shape for the Lancashire seamer early doors, but Bavuma responds with some geometry of his own, pinging a four straight through point.

Taylor's Australian adventure

Sarah Taylor in action for Northern Districts
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England's Sarah Taylor says her game will improve enormously from her experience of playing men's cricket in Australia.

The wicketkeeper-batter made history in October by becoming the first woman to play Australian first-grade cricket, appearing in two matches for Adelaide's Northern Districts under the captaincy of Australia batsman Mark Cosgrove.

Taylor told BBC Sport: "It was intense, probably one of the best experiences of my life.

"The guys were absolutely brilliant. It was the hardest thing I've done on a cricket field, but equally as rewarding."

England's Sarah Taylor believes her own game will improve enormously from her experience of playing men's cricket in Australia.

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