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  1. South Africa close on 220-9 - 142 runs behind England
  2. Anderson takes four wickets from end bearing his name
  3. Two wickets apiece for Broad and Moeen
  4. England bowled out for 362 - Bairstow 99, Stokes 58

Live Reporting

By Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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Right, that's us done for the day. Join us tomorrow when we'll see what England can bowl the visitors out for - and then how many runs they can pile on.

Cheers for the company, as ever. In a bit.

(I'll leave you with this catch because why would you not want to watch it loads and loads of times?)

'We want to salvage things tomorrow'

South Africa Keshav Maharaj speaking on Sky Sports: "I'm pleased on a personal note but it's unfortunate we're 2-1 down in the series. Hopefully we can salvage that tomorrow.

"I try to keep consistent and hit my length as often as planned. Hopefully natural variation can help you when it skids or turns. If I don't know where it's going, the batsman doesn't know!"

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

It's been a tremendous day for England. Yesterday was good Test match cricket from both teams, but England have been great and South Africa have been very very poor.

'There's a lot of mickey taking'

More from Anderson on Test Match Special: "On the back of Bairstow's innings, we had momentum and you could feel that in the field. Everyone was buzzing around and it was nice to get that early wicket.

"I've only played six Tests at Old Trafford, this is my seventh, and you can't get five on every ground. It would be nice to do it at my home ground but it's important that team is in a good position"

On having a stand named after him: "It's odd, a bit surreal, difficult to describe. It's a huge honour but there's a lot of mickey taking from the lads."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I thought Joe Root managed his bowlers as well today. It will be same again tomorrow for England. It's a big, big day for Keaton Jennings. He and Malan will know they need to have a score next to their name by tomorrow evening.

'We've seen it turn'

Jonny Bairstow on how he has developed as a keeper: "It was tough, getting criticised in an area of work that you hadn't necessarily been put through your paces at at county level. When you do get these rewards, from working hard and going away and finding a way in county cricket that works for you, and listening to other people, it can be really rewarding.

"It'll be an interesting pitch to keep playing on. We weren't sure if it was going to turn or not but we've seen that this evening."

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

Poor Hashim Amla. Not only has been sent to explain that South Africa batting, he also looks absolutely freezing.

Hashim Ama

'We were very good'

James Anderson speaking to Test Match Special: "It was great today. We spoke about creating pressure and trying to almost be boring, with not defensive fields but bog standard fields and getting as many balls in the right area.

"I thought Moeen bowled brilliantly all day and could have got more wickets. On the whole, we were very good today."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I thought the tactics were wrong by Faf du Plessis this morning, with the field spread out to Jonny Bairstow. He tried it at The Oval and he did it again.

'There were a few expletives'

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow speaking to Sky Sports: "It’s been a great day for us. Our aim was to bat for the entire first session but we came out and got wickets instead which was fantastic. There were a few expletives after I got out. I was desperately disappointed not to chalk up another hundred in Test cricket."

Here's the final wicket that fell today, with Stuart Broad ending the day with figures of 2-45.

From the press box

A steward at Old Trafford is marching out a man dressed as a crayon. It's been that kind of day.

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Jon Dunn: Stokes is going to have one amazing catch compilation video when he retires. Unbelievable skill.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Bairstow grabbed the momentum today and then the key wicket of Elgar this morning made it a real good day for England. They were backed up by the fielders and the terrific support.

England go back up to the dressing room with the chant of "oh Jimmy, Jimmy Anderson" ringing around Old Trafford. South Africa still trail by 142 runs, and they'll resume tomorrow on 220-9.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

That is spectacular, it really is. Stokes is in a fifth catching position, low down to his left, an inch above the ground, one-handed then a one-handed salute to say thank you. It was a good ball from Broad but there was no foot movement from Rabada.


Rabada c Stokes b Broad 23 (SA 220-9)

Ben Stokes! That's such a good catch! One-handed, Stokes diving to his left in the slips, and he somehow gets his hand under it and clings on! What a way to end the day. Stokes' team-mates pile on him as they wander off the pitch. That'll be stumps.

This might be the final over of the day - although you should never trust my maths skills - and it'll be Stuart Broad to bowl it.

SA 219-8

Morkel 17, Rabada 23

Moeen, Root and Anderson all converge on each other, before deciding that Dawid Malan will bowl a bit of leg-spin. Always the best part of a Test when you chuck on the part-timer for a bit of late evening entertainment. It's er, not quick, but it's accurate, and Rabada drives rather loosely to get off strike. Morkel also goes for an expansive drive and gets a single off the outside edge, before Rabada carves him straight back down the pitch for four! Well done umpire Dharmasena for getting out of the way of that! Excellent reflexes.

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

I don't think that's Root's fault. I don't think it was chance, it was going very quickly and low.

SA 212-8

Trail by 150

Edge from Morkel, and it's gone flying past second slip and down to the boundary! That went quickly but Root didn't move until very late on, and he couldn't stretch far enough across to get a hand on it. Broad yells at the sky while Root keeps his head hidden in his hands. That's a corker of a cover drive from Kagiso Rabada though, and that's four!

Joe Root

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Neil: Nonsense to say Mo isn't a good enough Test bat, he's better than Jennings, Westley, Ballance & Malan. He could easily bat at five.

Gareth George: In Whalley Range and hearing cheers long before I know if a wicket has been taken: More tension, but less musical than Radiohead.

SA 203-8

Morkel 10, Rabada 14

Morne goes on the drive against Moeen, lifting the ball aerially towards the cannily placed fielder at mid-on, but it bounces in front of Broad. Oh, and again - and that's so close to a catch! Morkel tried to go over the top, Broad leapt, arms and legs akimbo, and only just missed the catch. It goes for four, and Morkel backs up that boundary with a slap straight down the ground that goes crashing into the ropes.

It was Broad that got rid of the obdurate Quinton de Kock with a nice delivery that jagged away from the batsman....

SA 194-8

Trail by 168

Rabada lobs a big drive at a Broad ball and narrowly avoids edging through to the keeper, which prompts lots of hands on heads in the slips. The batsman learns his lesson and leaves back-to-back leg cutters, before Broad beats him yet again with an angled delivery. Broad goes short, Rabada drives - and the ball flies away, rather unconvincingly, for four.

From the press box

Well though England have bowled today, had hoped for more from South Africa today. #inadequate

SA 190-8

Moeen 20-5-48-2

Morkel scrapes at the ground as Moeen eyes him carefully from the other end of the wicket. The batsman blocks out the over with no alarms.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

One of the South Africa top order on this surface should have got a big score.

SA 190-8

Trail by 172

Morne Morkel is in, the bat looking like a toy in his giant mitts, and he plays and misses at his second ball. Ben Stokes chucks himself down at cover to get one hand to the ball, his tumbling stop keeping Morkel on strike. Broad comes around the wicket, arms pumping, and Morkel gets off the mark with a single.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

It's good captaincy, bringing on Stuart Broad. I get what Geoffrey was saying about bringing Anderson back, but he's bowled a lot today and Root has four seamers to choose from. That was an absolute peach. Broad has a knack of producing a bit of magic to the really good players.

Stuart Broad


De Kock c Bairstow b Broad 24 (SA 189-9)

Out! That's lovely from Broad, pushing the ball across De Kock, and the edge flies through to Bairstow. There's a bit of movement for Bairstow to contend with but he does well, moving low to his left to get both hands underneath the catch.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

I think England don't have any other options than to bowl Moeen at this end. He's been bowling tidily, sealing one end, just like Maharaj did. But I definitely want Anderson before the close.

SA 189-7

Trail by 173

Quinton de Kock has played really well here. He's gone into his shell and played carefully. He's beaten by a turner from Moeen, the ball coming through quickly, before he cuts viciously for four. A shy at the stumps makes contact and is sent rather hopefully upstairs, but de Kock was well home.

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Adam Wheeler: Both Maharaj and Ali have bowled well. Can't help thinking that both sides have allowed the spinners to bowl well.

David Wood: Moeen surely would not get into the team as a batsman. He would have to be good enough to bat at five.

SA 184-7

Stuart Broad is back on as the shadows start to creep onto the Old Trafford pitch. An outside edge drifts down towards Westley in the covers, but these two seem to prefer facing Broad. They trade singles before Rabada lets a wide delivery go merrily through to the keeper.

Stuart Broad

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

I bet De Kock has never worked had to work so hard in his life, in his whole Test career, for his 18 runs.

Missed stumping

SA 182-7

Now then! Quinton de Kock comes down the pitch, the ball turns sharply, but Bairstow and de Kock are half in the shadows. The ball trickles to Bairstow, hitting him on the knee, and there's enough time for de Kock to thrusts his bat back in to stay safe. De Kock, unperturbed, comes down the track again and works away a two. That ball didn't half turn though.

As Moeen starts his 18th over, here's how he took that second wicket.

SA 180-7

Trail by 182

Roland-Jones fires one down onto Kagiso Rabada's toes, but Rabada gets his bat down with time to spare. Up in the dressing room Morne Morkel shadow bats, practicing a leave with a flourish, as Rabada goes with hard hands to TRJ and gets a boundary, courtesy of the outside edge. Now Rabada goes through mid-wicket, flicking rather aerially and picking up another boundary.

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Flemming Jensen: Is that 20 wickets in the series for Moeen? Not bad for a, ahem, 2nd spinner.