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Summary

  1. England 74-1, lead by 252 runs
  2. Jennings overturns lbw decision on 33
  3. South Africa bowled out for 175 on third morning
  4. Bavuma makes 52; five-wicket haul for Roland-Jones
  5. England first innings: 353 (Stokes 112, Cook 88)

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

The ever industrious Stephan Shemilt has just published his report for the day so click here to read that.

And that's where we leave you for the day. England are 252 runs to the good with nine second innings wickets remaining. The forecast is better for tomorrow so we should get more play in.

How many will captain Root want before he makes his declaration? Monday's forecast is also good so we could have two full days. Will we see a clatter of wickets? Mr Mark Mitchener will open the innings for us at 10:30 BST so please tune in. Until then, enjoy yourselves and cheerio now.

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Close of play

Official confirmation, the umpires quite rightly deeming that conditions were not going to improve in 12 minutes, so that 17:30 BST inspection was not necessary. We are done for the day at The Oval.

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simon peter: You have to pay £1 deposit for a plastic pint glass now, hence extinction of beer snakes, sad demise.

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Ashley: Have we seen 2 much for a part refund? Really disappointed, been looking foward to 2day, nothing better than Aggers commentary!

I'm afraid so Ashley, just checking the ECB rules and regs and anything less than 15 overs constitutes a full refund, but more than 30, which we have had today, and the ECB can trouser the lot.

And in part two of the TMS 60th birthday celebrations, Jonathan Agnew, Henry Blofeld and Jim Maxwell share their favourite memories of the iconic programme.

We continue the celebration of 60 iconic years of Test Match Special.

While we wait for further news, there is another chance to remind you about those excellent celebratory programmes to mark the 60th anniversary of Test Match Special. In part one below, listeners provide their recollections.

We celebrate 60 iconic years of Test Match Special.

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Pete Stanger: Still at the ground. Children and teenagers scrounging every plastic cup going. Decent pocket money if you can get it.

How much is a pint at The Oval these days Pete?

Hello again, we'll have another inspection again at 17:30 BST. No promises of play mind you, there is still a lot of water to dispose of. In fact, it's still raining steadily. It should be a while before we get the threats of a hosepipe ban though eh? Let us know if you're still at the ground and how the hospitality is. #bbccricket

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Well, with the rain falling, we'll leave you to ponder such things as which cartoon character Keaton Jennings most closely resembles. TMS is still in full flow though, with the Stewarts regaling some good stories, so stay tuned to that.

The moment we have any further news we will be right back with you. England are 252 runs ahead at 74-1, Cook the man out, bowled by a beauty from Morkel for seven. Keaton Jennings has ridden his luck well for 34 and debutant Tom Westley has made an assured 28.

Earlier another debutant, Toby Roland-Jones, picked up 5-57 as South Africa were all out for 175, adding 49 this morning. Temba Bavuma top-scored for the tourists with a defiant 52.

Cheerio for now.

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Jack Bland: Is it me or is Keaton Jennings a Postman Pat lookalike?

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I think if anything he's more Beaker from the Muppets.

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Ex-England batsman and coach Micky Stewart on TMS: "They didn't like the title 'team manager' when I was first there because it was too much like football, so I was officially 'assistant manager' on the 86-87 tour to Australia, when we won everything. It was a talented side of individuals with the likes of Gower and Botham - but not only did we lose to West Indies, we lost to India and New Zealand at home."

Alec Stewart

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I remember Paul Adams, the "frog in a blender", and when he ran up to bowl, that was the first we'd ever seen of him. Nowadays, with international or domestic cricket, everything is filmed. I think you've got to be careful not to overload players with coaching. The coach isn't out in the middle with you - you've got to think for yourself while soaking up that information.

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special commentator

Sometimes we berate the weather forecasters, but they've been infuriatingly accurate today. It's possible there might not be any more play today.

The umbrellas are still up but the square has not been fully covered, although here they come with some hefty ones. Much of the playing area under wraps now. A reminder that England are 74-1, leading by 252, with Keaton Jennings on 34 and Tom Westley on 28.

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'Coaching was a dirty word'

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Ex-England batsman and coach Micky Stewart on TMS: "In my day, the majority of the media were non-players. You never got the analysis there is now, as coaching, for want of a better name, was a dirty word in those days. Now there are thousands of coaches up and down the country, and they've all got a view."

Alec Stewart

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

You need to be aware of your game when you get picked for England, like I was at 26. It's a massive learning curve. So you've probably had a couple of ups and downs in your county career by then, which helps you deal with everything thrown at you in the international arena. Look at Keaton Jennings, this is his first little "hiccup" and everyone's talking about whether he should play in the next Test match - this is something he's never experienced before.

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What's more impressive? The poster or the view?

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Ex-England batsman and coach Micky Stewart on TMS: "I came here to the AGM, as I always did, and they said they wanted to give me something. I thought they were going to give me a tie, and they gave me the pavilion."

Micky's memorable day

During the lunch break, Surrey and England stalwart Micky Stewart - father of Alec - unveiled the plaque bearing his name on The Oval's Members' Pavillion.

The two fine men of Surrey are on TMS now.

Micky Stewart at The Oval
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Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special commentator

Well done to Camberwell Green Cricket Club for getting here to The Oval - a couple of years ago they turned up with tickets for the wrong day. Last year, the person bringing the tickets left them at home. This year, they've actually got in the ground - they bought eight tickets for six people, just in case.

Tuffers adds: "Camberwell Green? Was it Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb?"

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BBC Test Match Special commentator

Jennings must have scored the streakiest first 18 runs you'll ever see, but he's been good since then.

Rain stops play

The rain is falling persistently now, and the Abraham Lincoln-bearded Aleem Dar removes his hat for some reason and beckons the covers on.

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Aleem Dar wants you, the groundstaff, to bring the covers on

Eng 74-1

Jennings 34, Westley 28

Jennings has been dropped on six and then successfully reviewed an lbw decision when on 33, which you can look at again below. A steadier over for Morris and just the single results. Time for a drink and a cup of tea would be most welcome as we have not had one all day.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Tom Westley's a bit bigger than I thought he'd be. I thought he was a shortish lad.

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Ben Thapa‏: Even if Westley gets out now, I'm excited we've found a number three at last. Organised, busy like Root, bats at a tempo. Problem solved!

Eng 73-1

Lead by 251

A few more umbrellas up now as Rabada beats Westley driving forward outside the off stump. It was that closed face again, perhaps if it had been straight he might have nicked it.

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Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Philander's off the field, Maharaj hasn't been that threatening yet, Morkel and Rabada have bowled their stints, and Morris has gone for eight in his first four balls - could be some tricky captaincy for South Africa.

Eng 73-1

Jennings 33, Westley 28

Chris Morris went for 91 from 17 overs in the first innings and Westley strikes him for two boundaries in his opening over from the Pavilion End, a sumptuous cover drive and a back foot punch. A suited gentleman has a red umbrella up, but still has his sunglasses on.

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Jennings and Westley should now just bed down and treat this as competitive batting practice. Runs don't matter now - just get experience of Test cricket.

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Eng 64-1

Lead by 242

Jennings calmly plays out a maiden to Rabada. A gaggle of ex-Surrey players - not sure what the collective noun might be - gather to celebrate the 100th Test - men's Test - at The Oval. Chris Lewis is there too. I bet he has a few stories.

Eng 64-1

Jennings 33, Westley 19

Another straight drive from Westley at Morkel, this one comes a little off the inside edge and Rabada hauls it in before the boundary, a huge slab of turf flying up like a 16oz steak.

Celeb spot!

Stephan Shemilt

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Greg James is here, perhaps to find out if he'll be on Team Boycott or Team Agnew for the TMS anniversary game.

More on that here.

Eng 62-1

Lead by 240

It was also going over the top of the stumps so not one of umpire Wilson's better decisions.

not-outNot out

Maybe it's Keaton's day but this one was ruled out at an early stage as it was shown to be pitching outside leg.

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At first glance, I was surprised it didn't bowl him.

Umpire review

Three slips and a gully for Rabada to Jennings under the floodlights and he has trapped the left-hander on the pad. Umpire Wilson says yes but there is a review.

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With Cook gone, Jennings will relax and push on. Nothing worse than batting with an expert when you're under pressure!

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Eng 62-1

Jennings 33, Westley 17

Jennings is a new man, this time it's a beautifully controlled clip off his toes to the mid-wicket boundary. Morkel is still up at 88mph and England's left-handed opener gets another inside edge that trickles to safety. A delightful straight drive from Westley rockets back past the perplexed paceman. These two are going nicely.

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