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Summary

  1. Broad ends 53-run stand between Bavuma & Rabada
  2. Roland-Jones removes SA top four; two wickets for Anderson
  3. Philander unlikely to bat - hospitalised with sickness
  4. England bowled out for 353 - Stokes 112, Cook 88
  5. Stokes hit three successive sixes as he brings up ton

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener and Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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And that's about it from us, on a day which belonged to Toby Roland-Jones and Ben Stokes. So here's Stokes reaching his century with a six - and then combining with Roland Jones to take the MIddlesex seamer's fourth wicket.

We'll see you at 10:30 BST tomorrow (with TMS on air from 10:00 for half-an-hour of highlights). Enjoy Stephan Shemilt's match report and get ready for another day of this fascinating series.

Looking ahead to Saturday

So, perhaps England are only one wicket away from bowling South Africa out after all. Our best wishes to Vernon Philander.

He looks set to miss what will be a big day for Surrey tomorrow - not only are they renaming The Oval's pavilion after Micky Stewart (former England player and coach, better known to the younger generation as Alec's dad), but you'll see plenty of blue tomorrow as it's Cricket United day which benefits three charities: the Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the Professional Cricketers' Association's Benevolent Fund.

Philander to spend night in hospital

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What a day at the Oval. What a brilliant hundred from Ben Stokes and what a debut from Toby Roland-Jones. Big advantage to England

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Concluding our video review of the day, England were then held up for a long while by Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada - while poor light forced them to turn to spin for a few overs.

Take a look at a boundary from Rabada (who, like the rest of the lower order, was batting a position higher than normal because of Vernon Philander's illness)- before he eventually fell to Stuart Broad.

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Robert Griffin: With England's batting and bowling lately would it be an acceptable tactic to have Cook, Root, Bairstow & Stokes, then seven bowlers?

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I would doubt Joe Root will enforce the follow-on tomorrow now, but if he had got half-an-hour at them this evening I think he would have done.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

With Toby Roland-Jones he hit that six off the bat handle and got a few runs so you feel you have contributed already. He bowled well but the conditions were absolutely perfect, I don't think he will ever get better ones, the pitch was doing plenty. The wicket of Hashim Amla was an absolute pearler and you can savour that. He is a batsman that always makes it difficult to get him out.

The wickets continued to flow as captain Faf du Plessis was lbw offering no shot to James Anderson, while Morris and Maharaj fell to leave the Proteas 61-7.

It was a dream debut for Toby Roland-Jones - let's take a look at those four wickets.

Kuhn trapped lbw by Roland-Jones

England's Toby Roland-Jones on TMS: "It was a pretty special day, we wanted to push ourselves as high as possible in some testing conditions. There were still some nerves at the top of the mark, but it always helps when you've got guys like Jimmy and Stuart who guided me through the opening few overs, and I was on adrenaline after that. Particularly in the context of the game, we stand here on day two in a pretty strong position. The Amla wicket was probably the best of the bunch, with all that he's done in the game."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

England batted yesterday in similar conditions where the ball was moving around but they applied themselves. Bairstow looked in nice form, the batting is so long. I've not understood the first two Tests where they played Liam Dawson and it weakened the batting. They earned the right to play today. Stokes has played some real quality innings but I don't remember seeing him batting in such a mature way, to leave so many balls and wait for a straight one or a short one. It was full of determination and the way England batted in the first innings is exactly the way I expect to see them bat on a regular basis.

With only last man James Anderson for company, Ben Stokes then took charge, hitting three successive sixes - the second of which brought up his century.

The day belonged to Toby Roland-Jones, who enjoyed a batting cameo which brought him 25 from 25 balls, including a six off the bat handle.

Let's look back at some of the highlights of the day. Alastair Cook fell for 88, but Ben Stokes then came into his own - after gritting out the hard yards, he soon began pounding the boundaries.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Today has been such a good day for England but it was on the foundations of the way they played yesterday. Cook showed the way yesterday against a quality attack and Ben Stokes earned the right to get the conditions in his favour. The way he brought up his century with three successive sixes was magnificent, a great spectacle. England had perfect conditions for seam bowling, they didn't start that well but all of a sudden Toby Roland-Jones got the ball in hand.

Ben Stokes
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So, here's the situation - South Africa trail by 227, so need 28 more to avoid the follow-on. And who knows - depending on those hospital tests, it's possible that Vernon Philander could be well enough to bat tomorrow.

Those who have paid through the gates today may be disappointed that the sides are a full eight overs short of what they should have bowled today. (Cricinfo even suggests the figure is 10).

Stand by for Aggers and Vaughan's review of the day...

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With the tail in, this is where I feel we miss a spinner of true quality. To spin a web. Mo is great! A batter who bowls. Or whatever you classify him as. He does lack mystery delivers tho. I want Rashid in the side! Root's his teammate at Yorkshire - what does the team think about his continued omission from the Test team this summer?

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Close of play

SA 126-8 (trail by 227)

Yep, we're past the official close of play (and the extra half-hour to bowl the overs), so a wicket now would make very little difference. Moeen brings the field in after three deliveries, but Bavuma is booking in for bed and breakfast here, helping himself to a jogged two through the covers, and blocking out the last ball of the day.

SA 124-8

Aleem Dar has a look at his light meter - and England have to turn back to Moeen Ali. It's a gamble which could leak runs - but could also give them the chance of taking that ninth wicket tonight with Vernon Philander unable to bat. However, they've wasted so much time in this last session, that it's going to be after 19:00 BST by the time they start this over anyway. In which case they'd just go off anyway, with Philander still able to bat. Here comes Moeen...

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Edmund Bridges‏: What happens if Philander unable to bat tonight but ninth wicket falls late enough that stumps are drawn?

appeal - not outSA 124-8

30 needed to avoid follow-on

Morkel hit on the pad by Broad, bowling from round the wicket... umpire Joel Wilson unimpressed, but England opt against using their one remaining review. Maiden over.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

The way Bavuma has played has been a lesson to the South African batsmen, you've got to graft and hang in there, flick a few away when you can. Playing it late is something we all talk about, from under your eyeline, too many have played expansive drives away from the body, it's just not possible in these conditions.

Morkel and Bavuma
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John Smith: Just shouted out "bowled 'im!" on the train home. Apologised to everyone near me, but what a ball Stuart Broad!

SA 124-8

Roland-Jones 11-3-39-4

Bavuma watchfully sees out the rest of Roland-Jones' over. Probably time for two more overs tonight, considering all the faffing around both teams have done today - we'll likely be about 10 overs short, despite there being no rain.

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BBC Test Match Special statistician

Stuart Broad's 374th Test wicket, it takes him past Waqar Younis to 18th on the all-time list.

SA 124-8

30 needed to avoid follow-on

Roland-Jones to bowl to Morkel, with a debut five-for in his sights. Morkel fluently hits a single square of the wicket, and turns down any thought of a second. Bavuma is happy to see off the Middlesex right-armer.

With the clock having now ticked past 10 minutes to seven, if a wicket falls now, that'll be the close of play - but if so, what might be interesting would be when England might have to declare whether they're enforcing the follow-on. Would they have until 10 minutes before play tomorrow, for instance?!

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Franko‏: Is this showing the naivety of Joe Root's captaincy that we haven't finished off the tail yet?

SA 123-8

40 overs

Morne Morkel in at number 10 - we don't think we'll see Philander tonight, the last we heard he was still in hospital. A wicket in the next couple of minutes, and South Africa could be following on tonight. Like Rabada, Morkel's a left-hander, and he's up and running straight away as Broad strays with his line and Morkel helps himself to a single to fine leg. Bavuma drives through the covers for four, earning the congratulations of his batting partner - who's about a foot taller than he is. And there's no thought of farming the strike - he cracks the last ball of the over for four as well.

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Daniel Gravestock: If TRJ continues with these this kind of bowling displays, it'll be difficult to pick a team once Woakes is back fit and healthy.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

That's a leg break, that is an absolute beauty, it almost hit middle and hit off. It almost went like a spinner's delivery, it was a good wicket for England because that partnership was starting to get irritating. Maybe it hit a crack because it has jagged. It was well caught by Alastair Cook at slip because it was flying towards his nose.

WICKET

Rabada b Broad 30 (SA 114-8)

A beauty! Almost like a fast leg-break - the ball beats Rabada's defensive stroke and hits the top of off stump. That should wake the crowd up.

SA 114-7

Stuart Broad removes his broad-brimmed sunhat and sleeveless sweater, perhaps he can produce one of those bursts of wickets for which he's famous (or should that be infamous). He finds Rabada's edge... and it's brilliantly taken by Stokes at gully, albeit on the first bounce.

50 partnership

SA 114-7

TRJ from the Vauxhall End - but the runs continue to flow as Rabada chops a boundary through point, before Bavuma opens the face to guide four more past gully and bring up the fifty partnership. Suddenly the 40 needed to avoid the follow-on doesn't look that far away - and if these two can see it through to the close, who knows - maybe Vernon Philander will be well enough to bat tomorrow. There's 20 minutes left tonight.

Let's see if this gees up England, and Toby Roland-Jones in particular - here's his four wickets from earlier.

Kuhn trapped lbw by Roland-Jones

SA 103-7

51 needed to avoid the follow-on

It's as though the life has been squeezed out of this game by that passage of spin bowling. Suddenly, even Stokes looks less than his usually threatening self as Rabada adds a two and a single to the score.

More cricket tonight

After play finishes today, you can listen to more cricket tonight with TMS T20, which has commentary on Sussex v Middlesex in the T20 Blast on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

Meanwhile, on BBC Radio 5 live, Alison Mitchell and Alec Stewart will recap the day's play after 19:00 BST on 5 live Sport, followed by plenty of football at 19:30 and then the Formula 1 preview show from 21:00.

SA 100-7

Bavuma 19, Rabada 21

This should get the crowd going - Toby Roland-Jones is back, having taken 4-22 from his first eight overs in Test cricket. Rabada reduces the follow-on target by four more with an edge past the slips that he didn't know much about, and with a lack of energy among the fielders, he takes the opportunity to run a quick single. Hundred up for the Proteas.