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Summary

  1. Philander and Morris came together at 235-6
  2. Seventh Test fifty for Philander
  3. Amla (78) and De Kock (68) put on 113 together
  4. Three wickets for Broad, two for Stokes
  5. Milestones: Anderson takes 300th wicket in England & Amla brings up 8,000 Test runs

Live Reporting

By Timothy Abraham and Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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An intriguing day of old fashioned Test match cricket then, which has left the match nicely poised at the close on day one.

Make sure you join us tomorrow at 10.30am (BST) for day two when we'll most likely see how England handle the pitch.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

It was a momentum change in the day when England brought Dawson on. South Africa thought 'this is an opportunity' and then it puts pressure on the seamers.

I don't know what this issue is with Moeen Ali he is bowling better than I have seen him.

In case you missed it, Hashim Amla also reached 8,000 Test runs at Trent Bridge.

He was eventually removed by Stuart Broad though - caught in the deep by Mark Wood.

England's bowlers did have their moments today. Mark Wood in particular can feel particularly unlucky to come away wicketless. He bowled with hostility and aggression. Not least when he struck Heino Kuhn on the helmet with a bouncer.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I think England did bowl too short. The drives that went to the boundary went square so they were full but too wide. I don't think the bowlers hit off stump often enough.

This partnership has given South Africa the day. I would much prefer to be in their shoes.

'We will be in with a chance tomorrow'

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow: "It is pretty even. We would have taken that last session. They were in front at tea so we will take four wickets in the final session. We will be in with a chance in the morning. The ball didn't do as much in the afternoon as the morning. We had some luck and needed it.

"We were going to bowl anyway. Last time we played here we bowled bowled pretty well. They applied themselves well and credit to them."

Asked if the England bowlers bowled too short: "I don't think so. We were trying to attack off stump. If you pitch it up too much you get driven for four."

And asked about his catch: "It is something I have been working on so I am delighted to catch one down the leg side."

Summed up well by Michael Vaughan, really. England fought back well after lunch although a number of South Africa's middle order batsmen gave their wickets away rather than being undone by rip snorting deliveries.

Batting certainly got easier as the day wore on. England can take comfort from the fact that they managed to nip out Hashim Amla for 78 given his propensity to make a big hundred when well set.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

It has been a good day for South Africa. It started in a positive sense in winning the toss and batting first. Kuhn played nicely and Amla was at his solid best. In the afternoon it looked like they would post a big score but then the collapse after tea and the comeback from England. This partnership is 74 and they have just played sensibly.

South Africa will probably feeler the happier of the two sides overall. They had to work through a very tough opening period when the wisdom of captain Faf du Plessis' decision to bat first in overcast conditions will have inevitably have been questioned.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

I think tomorrow will be good for batting. England will need to finish the innings early.

Close of play - SA 309-6

Philander 54 Morris 23

Ben Stokes forces Chris Morris to play with a peach of a delivery to Chris Morris first up which nips away without finding the edge. Gasps from Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps.

South Africa are able to milk a couple of singles to leave Morris on strike for the final deliver.

The crowd cheer Stokes into the crease for the last ball of the day and this time it finds the edge of Morris' bat but it falls short of the slip cordon.

SA 307-6

An uneventful over from Mark Wood is safely negotiated by South Africa's batsmen. Six balls left in the day and Ben Stokes will bowl them.

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

The one criticism of England is that they have been slightly too short. One bowler that will certainly hit the right zones will be Philander.

Vernon Philander has been the main aggressor late in the day. Here's a clip of a crunching back foot shot off Stuart Broad which whistled to the boundary.

SA 306-6

Joe Root has turned to Ben Stokes in the hope England's talisman can wheedle one out before stumps. His first ball is too short and Vernon Philander pulls it for four. That takes South Africa past the 300 mark.

A few balls later Philander guides one through the vacant third man region to bring up his half-century.

SA 296-6

Trent Bridge
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Mark Wood given a late burst, but he is unable to get any penetration.

The sun is shining and batting looks considerably easier than when Faf du Plessis elected to make first use of the pitch at Trent Bridge.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

The spinners have done a job but they have come on not expecting to take wickets. They have not bowled badly.

Dawson puts it there or there abouts but doesn't really spin it. Moeen should have bowled more after last week.

Broad's figures are excellent. They could have pitched it up a yard further but I thought South Africa batted well this morning.

SA 295-6

86 overs

It looks like there are no real demons in this pitch now. Vernon Philander has made this look relatively easy and even feels confident enough to play a few strokes against Stuart Broad despite it being late in the day.

Broad's first ball is biffed through the covers off the back foot by Philander. Two balls later he punches the ball down the ground and he and Chris Morris run three.

A weary Broad grunts through his final two deliveries.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

It is unusual for Jimmy to go over three an over. That suggests South Africa have played him well.

SA 288-6

Just one run off the over. A scrambled single worked into the on side by Vernon Philander.

30 balls left for England to nip out another wicket. 30 balls for South Africa to survive.

Here's a clip of a cracking pull shot from Vernon Philander off Stuart Broad a few overs ago. It's all a bit more circumspect now.

SA 287-6

It looks like South Africa have battened down the hatches with six overs left in the day. Just one run off Stuart Broad's 18th over as Vernon Philander works one of his pads.

SA 286-6

James Anderson
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A maiden over from James Anderson. South Africa's batsmen playing watchfully this late in the day.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Jimmy Anderson doesn't like bowling without a square leg. He is fairly stuck in his ways.

SA 286-6

A bit of swing about for England's bowlers but South Africa's batsmen have negotiated the new ball pretty well so far. Stuart Broad's first over with the fresh nut includes a short ball to Vernon Philander, who emphatically belts it through midwicket for four.

That brings up the 50 partnership for Philander and Chris Morris.

SA 281-6

Anderson's second delivery with the new cherry swings away and takes the edge of Philander's bat but the South African is in control of the shot as he plays it with soft hands. It falls short of Joe Root in the slip cordon.

The Lancashire seamer's final ball is a touch wider and streaks through point and to the boundary. Philander played it well.

New ball
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SA 273-6

Philander 24 Morris 19

Keaton Jennings has 18 first-class wickets and it's lack of pace that is giving South Africa's batsmen something to think about.

A smirk from Jonny Bairstow as Jennings beats the outside edge. England bowling coach Ottis Gibson also affords himself a chuckle up in the stands.

Here comes the new ball... James Anderson back into the attack.

SA 273-6

Vernon Philander cuts loose. Well, in relative terms. A full ball from Moeen Ali is driven down the ground for four.

A bit of a left field move by Joe Root as part-timer Keaton Jennings is brought on for the final over before the new ball is due.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

It is a passage of play where everyone sitting and waiting for the new ball. England are trying to get through with as little damage as possible and South Africa the same.

SA 269-6

Liam Dawson
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Liam Dawson gives one a bit of air and Morris swings the willow. However, he fails to make clean contact. After a slow over rate England are rattling through them now.

SA 265-6

Chris Morris
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Both Vernon Philander and Chris Morris showing the maker's name again.

The physio is on to administer some eye drops to the former. A touch of hayfever perhaps, Vernon?

I feel for you - the pollen has played havoc for sensitive club cricketers all over the UK in the past few weeks.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

I expected these two to be a little more positive. They are just playing out to the new ball not taking any risks.

I thought they might take the opportunity to counter-attack.

SA 262-6

Vernon Philander blocks out a maiden over from Liam Dawson. Both sides going through the motions a little until the new ball is offered in four overs.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

Vernon Philander
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South Africa are just ticking it over.

You can probably start to refer to Philander as an all-rounder.

It is always important to get something from your bowlers. It is a sign of the strength of your team if your bowlers will guts it out.

SA 262-6

A period of attritional cricket here. Neither Chris Morris nor Vernon Philander are looking to take on either Moeen Ali or Liam Dawson. Three singles are milked off Ali's sixth over as both players resist the big shot.

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

From the official programme. Pretty impressive. Did anyone have Willey down as being that quick off the mark?

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SA 259-6

Alastair Cook dashes off the pitch for a quick break. He has to carefully usher a silver-haired lady on the steps out of the way to get the dressing room.

We've all been there in the frozen section at the supermarket trying to get to the pizzas, haven't we?

Liam Dawson has changed ends but South Africa's players are playing watchfully. Spin from both ends now.