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Summary

  1. Rain shortens opening day - just 59 overs bowled
  2. Cook holds England together with unbeaten 82
  3. Stokes unbeaten on 21 - failures for Jennings & Malan
  4. Westley makes 25 and skipper Root adds 29

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By Mark Mitchener and Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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That's about it from us as the last few fans slink away from a still soggy Oval. Stephan Shemilt's match report is there for you to read, there's BBC local radio commentary on tonight's T20 games and more reaction on 5 live Sport after 19:00 BST.

TMS will be back tomorrow morning from 10:00 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra with half-an-hour of highlights, then the live coverage starts at 10:30 when BBC Radio 4 LW comes to the party, as it were. (We'll be jumping on with the live text at that point). Until then, enjoy the rest of your evening and be reassured that Alastair Cook will be back at the crease tomorrow morning. TTFN.

'Malan will get that ball again'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Malan got an 88mph yorker which is always difficult but I do think he gets a bit shut off, that front foot can just be opened a little bit to get in a better alignment because clearly he is going to get that ball again in the second innings.

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Re: Geoffrey's point on managerial experience [18:28] - Eddie Jones, Warren Gatland, Steve Hansen were never capped internationally.

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'I can't see Jennings opening in Australia'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I can't see Jennings opening in Australia but I saw him in Dubai and thought he could play. Clearly he is low in confidence and I don't see him walking out at Brisbane but you never say never. The second innings is clearly going to be very big for him.

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Gary Blanchard: I can't be the only one wondering where the next genuine Test match players are? Next Cook, Root, Jimmy, Broad?

Alastair Cook and Jimmy Anderson
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'Keaton Jennings' technique is a real worry'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

His problem is that when he plays a defensive stroke, the bat's 90 degrees to the ground and so if it gets an edge it carries to the slips. Look at how Cook or Root defend, the bat's at 45 degrees. If you're facing someone like Philander, he's the one bowler you wouldn't want to face if you're lacking confidence. His technique is a real worry.

'Cook was sending out a message'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

First and foremost the England team got criticised for going out with a gung ho approach at Trent Bridge. Against Morris, Morkel and Rabada here you just can't play like that, the ball was moving around but I thought they were really impressive. Of course it helped when you have Alastair Cook playing the attritional way. He was almost sending out a message saying this is how you play. If you go out playing big drives with your bat away from your body you might play one or two nice shots but eventually you'll get the outside edge, but the way England applied themselves has given them half a chance of posting a decent score in the first innings.

Here's some Cook highlights from today:

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

You look at the style of play today, and the tempo from England - that is the tempo required on a day like today. There will be other days when you can go along at four or five an over, but not today.

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David Randall: Came down to The Oval at 6pm to see if I could get in to the cricket... ticket office still want full price (£70) for 1.5hrs?

While we wait for the Aggers and Vaughan review (which will be available as the TMS podcast later), here's a more comedic moment from earlier which you may have missed - of the sort you'll see in club cricket every Saturday.

A wild throw gives England four overthrows - and Alastair Cook scores a five.

The Jennings Debate

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Jennings is neither forward or back properly. His front knee isn't bent so his head is back and he is feeling for the ball. He was tentative and there is nothing positive about anything. If your technique has faults it will be exposed. First of all he has to get someone who understands technique and why he should get his head over the ball, or they have told him and he ain't listening. It's far too late at Test level.

Close of play

That's it for the day. No more play. Stand by your beds for the Aggers and Vaughan review of the day.

It's raining

The newly bearded Aleem Dar leads his fellow umpires off the field. Could we be nearing a "that's it" announcement?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Malan fell on his face and it was a bit embarrassing but it was a good ball. If he opened his stance a little bit as Cook does he has a better chance of not falling over. You haven't got to beat yourself up about it because it was a very good ball.

Alec Stewart is calling it on TMS - he thinks he's seen a signal from the groundsmen and umpires, and is second-guessing them that there won't be any more play today.

We'll let you know if there''s any official word.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

My concern is when people are selectors and they haven't played Test cricket. It's a different pressure and if you've never been in that environment how can you understand it? Or someone who has played a few matches and failed, how can he be any good at it?

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Still lashing down at The Oval. You're not missing anything. But have TMS on your wireless as Tuffers just did an Arsene Wenger impression.

I can also tell you that BBC Radio 5 live will have plenty of cricket on this evening - 5 live Sport from 19:00 BST will look ahead to England v Portugal at Women's Euro 2017, and have plenty of reaction from The Oval with Alison Mitchell and Alec Stewart. Then, there's commentary on England-Portugal on 5 live, and Scotland-Spain on 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio Scotland.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

You've got to go through the gears as a batsman, perhaps sometimes England keep churning in fifth gear.

Alec Stewart

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

South Africa bowled well, Cook has been the standout player because he has played in an old fashioned Test match way and allowed himself to bat all day, whereas the mentality of the T20 or 50-over players is people think it's a crime if you have a few dot balls.

Alastair Cook and Morne Morkel
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T20 Blast coming up

It's been a traditional day of "proper cricket" at The Oval, but there are three T20 Blast matches this evening. (And despite the Oval's rain, they've started at Lord's!).

You can follow BBC local radio commentary on all tonight's T20 games here - plus in-play clips of Kent v Somerset.

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Richard Thomas: At Waterloo. Deluge! Think an ark better bet than SW Trains. There'll be no more play.

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special commentator

An inconclusive day so far, England fighting hard and resisting with this partnership. We've had some tremendous weather this summer but not at the moment.

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The TMS team are recalling some of the famous Oval Tests of the past, given that this is the famous old ground's 100th Test.

Even in the last 25 years, there's been Devon Malcolm's "You guys are history" against South Africa (1994), Tuffers' 11 wickets (1997), Steve Waugh's century on one leg (2001), the 2005 draw against Australia, the Pakistan forfeit (2006), England whitewashing India to get to number one in the world (2011) and Hashim Amla's 311 (2012), as well as the climax of plenty of other Ashes series.

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Patrick Brennan‏: Horrible toss to win. Considering the day, full of disruption, England's position is fairly impressive.

Ben Hughes: Root got a peach, Malan got a peach - it's nothing to do with bad batting. It's called great bowling.

Watch Root and Malan's dismissals here:

Looks like it's sheeting down at The Oval now - the run-ups are covered and the side covers stretched across the "square" (which is more of a rectangle). And fans are scampering for the exits - a lot of them will think that's that for the day.

How's stat?!

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

These two have a good record batting together, this is their 10th innings and they have two century partnerships, three fifties and they are averaging 65 at the moment.

Not many video highlights to bring you from this truncated final session, which has only lasted seven overs - but here's a boundary apiece from Stokes and Cook.

Just to put you in the picture, the delays earlier mean that the official close of play time tonight has moved back to 19:00 BST (from 18:00).

So, while play can continue until 19:30 to get through the overs, if they are not on the field at 19:00, play cannot be restarted after that time.

Alec Stewart

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Always look out to the right when you're sat in the OCS Stand at The Oval and that looks like it's in for a while.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

Terrible day to be a groundsman I always felt for them trying to move the covers on and off and the amount of time it takes the get the ground ready.

Rain (or possibly bad light) stops play

And they're going off again. Simon Mann on TMS think it might be as much for the bad light as the rain (though I've not spotted the umpires taking a light meter reading).

It's been a disappointing, stop-start day, but the covers are back on again.

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Eng 171-4

Cook 82, Stokes 21

Morkel is still getting the odd one to lift, TMS hear it's raining in nearby Putney and a few brollies are going up at The Oval as a dark cloud of doom descends over the ground. Can Morkel get through the over? Yes he can.

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Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

Morkel hasn't quite found that rhythm that he had to Root. There seems to be a boundary an over at the moment.

50 partnership for Cook and Stokes

Eng 171-4

Stokes continues his progress in singles, Cook turns a two off his toes and nearly earns some "buzzers" from a wild throw. That's the 50 partnership.

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Mark Whitrod: Is it just me or does anyone else think that we have too many left-handers in the line-up?

While Radio 4 LW listeners are dragged off for the Shipping Forecast, here's that slash over the slips for four from Ben Stokes, who has been slightly favoured by Dame Fortune today.

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Cook 80, Stokes 20

Stokes is beaten by an absolute jaffa from Philander, who swings one just wide of his back-foot defensive prod. I can almost hear the great FS Trueman muttering something like "Eh, that were wasted on you, lad". Stokes smiles - what else can you do? - considering some of his team-mates have fallen to unplayable deliveries today. He moves to 20 with a single.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

Bowlers will always want to be involved on days like this, with the conditions and the batters have got to fight. Cook's 80 runs are invaluable, he has been the glue and the type of play that England are looking for.