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Marc Higginson and Justin Goulding

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Ben Stokes

    Well, it's time for me to sign off after what has been a sensational day of cricket.

    There's going to be plenty more reaction over here and I'll be back in the morning.

    Until then... night!

  2. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think if they could get these two (Amla and De Villiers) out reasonably early, there's enough players in that line-up that are not great players, that England could get them out. There's guys who are not in great form, and the tail end is poor. De Villiers can be cruel - we've seen him in one-day cricket, he can play like Ben Stokes. The first half of the day is crucial." 

  3. Post update

    What about tomorrow? England will have a second crack at South Africa, who still need 289 runs to avoid the follow on tomorrow.

    I know what you're thinking... 289 runs? Ben Stokes could get them before breakfast...

  4. Herculean Stokes


    Nice, Jeanna. Nice.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Elgar played well - a nice big stride forward to the ball. He plays very straight, he drives the ball off the front of the bat.

    "Once you've done it in Test cricket, it only takes 20 or 30 runs. A batsman like Amla, who caresses it, he could easily get 200 tomorrow."

    Hashim Amla in bat for South Africa
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    Any praise for a chastened South Africa from Geoffrey? Of course...

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  8. 'Best day of my life'

    England's Jonny Bairstow on Sky Sports: "It's the best day of my life. There's been ups and down along the way. It's not just special for me, but all the people who have helped me along the way. I'm over the moon.

    "It's a special day for all the family, both here and not here.

    "There's been lots of things over the last few years. My grandpa passed away last year and my dad's anniversary is coming up.

    "It's great to play Test cricket and to come out and score 150 in a new year's Test, it's the start of what will hopefully be a long career.

    "It was absolutely not a plan to play second fiddle to Ben, but he was going like a steam train. He was unbelievable and it was a special knock."

    Jonny's father David, who played four Tests for England and had a glittering Yorkshire career, died aged 46 on 5 January 1998.

    Jonny Bairstow
  9. 'Ginger ninjas'

  10. 'I let him have his moment'

    Jonny Bairstow

    More from Ben Stokes: "People won't speak of Jonny's knock, but the way he played his natural game was amazing. 

    "Jonny has worked really hard on how to play quick bowling. In the first Test he showed what form he is in. I'm buzzing for him. 

    "I was conscious of getting out of the way when he got his first hundred. You want that 10 or 15 seconds all to your self. You want to salute your team-mates and the Barmy Army. 

    "I let him have his moment then told him how proud I was of him."

  11. Oh my Broad!

  12. 'Cookie asked if I wanted to go for 300'

    More from Ben Stokes: "It's nice when you get a flat wicket. You can hit through the line and you don't have to worry about your feet because I was just using my hands by the end of it. 

    "Cookie sent a message out when we were on 600 saying '630, or do you want to go for 300?'. I said it didn't matter because I was just trying to hit every ball."

    Ben Stokes
  13. How's stat?!

    Here's that Stokes innings in numbers...

    • Fastest Test double century by an England batsman
    • Highest score by an England batsman at Newlands, beating Jack Hobbs' 187 in 1910
    • Most sixes by an England batsman (11), beating Wally Hammond in 1933
    • Fastest ever 250 in Test cricket, from 196 balls
    • Highest score by an England number six, surpassing Graeme Hick's 178 against India in Mumbai in 1993
    • Stokes and Bairstow set the fastest 300 partnership, beating India's Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid
    • Stokes and Bairstow set the highest Test partnership for the sixth wicket
  14. 'I wanted to take the shine off the ball'

    More from Ben Stokes: "I wasn't intentionally going to play like that last night, I just got myself in on a good wicket.

    "Once the new ball came, it pinged off the bat a bit faster.

    "I was just trying to get the shine off it as quickly as possible."

  15. Less is more from Nasser

    Former England captain Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports: "Class knock, absolutely class knock."

  16. 'He who dares... scores 250'

    England's Ben Stokes on Sky Sports: "I can't really believe what I did. It hasn't sunk in yet. It was just one of them days. Everything went my way. I don't really know how to explain it.

    "He who dares is probably the best way to describe it.

    "When I looked at the board, we had a lot runs and I thought we were in good position anyway. So I just tried to chance my arm because I thought me slogging one up in the air wouldn't hurt too much."

  17. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Jonny Bairstow

    "Bairstow's mature, he didn't try to compete with Stokes. Bairstow carried on playing, took his singles, played his shots when he could, and after he got 100 he played expressively."

  18. Post update

    I'm sure there'll be a few of Jonny Bairstow's best bits in there too...

  19. Post update

    If you listen to Test Match Special now - you can do so via this page - they are replaying the highlights of that astonishing Ben Stokes innings.

  20. Beefy salutes Stokes

    Former all-rounder Ian Botham, whose record for fastest England double century Stokes broke today, on Sky Sports: "The next three days he's not going to sleep. He's going to run in and bowl 100mph and dive through picket fences. You've got to make the most of it and enjoy it."

    Ben Stokes
  21. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If anything South Africa got sucked in to bowling Stokes out. If they had played like a 50-over match they would have tried more yorkers.

    "I'm not blaming Amla this time - I don't think you could have done much. Stokes may have hit those one-day variations, it was just his day!"

  22. Post update

    Could South Africa have done anything to stop Storm Stokes? Geoffrey doesn't think so.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Kapil Dev

    "Stokes doesn't bat the same style but remember Kapil Dev? He plays in that free uninhibited way. They are just cleanly hit. They sailed over the boundary by a long way.

    "Everybody that has come today will go home and say they've seen something really rare. Rare, special, enjoyable, memorable."

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    The day was all about Ben Stokes, however, with the all-rounder adding to his batting exploits with the wicket of stubborn opener Dean Elgar.

    England, by the way, scored 312 runs in 39 overs with the bat today. Wow.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa feel to be a team in decline but they have shown some steel."

  28. Post update

    Stiaan van Zyl is stumped

    When South Africa were put out of their fielding misery, their day appeared to be going from bad to worse as opener Stiaan van Zyl fell to a run out with less than 10 on the board.

    However, Dean Elgar (44), Hashim Amla (64*) and AB De Villiers (25*) all batted sensibly to give South Africa a fighting chance. The hosts ended the day 141-2.

  29. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was an extraordinary day, an extraordinary batting performance. Stokes teed off right from the first over. Amla opened with Morris and he seemed to fancy him from the off. Nobody saw this coming. We all know that Stokes is a rough diamond, a free spirit."

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    Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow

    At the other end, Jonny Bairstow played a fine supporting role and reached his maiden Test century after lunch before going through the gears himself.

    Jos Buttler will have to go some to get back into the side now.

    Bairstow finished with 150 not out, his innings only being ended when England declared on 629-6.

  32. Post update

    As Geoffrey says, Stokes was smashing everything. It was like a closing down sale at a shop - everything had to go. And it did.

    Morne Morkel, with more than 200 Test wickets to his name, was bowling length balls and watching them disappear back over his head.

    It really was sensational stuff.

  33. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Ben Stokes

    "It's been a memorable day. That was phenomenal. You won't see many innings like Ben Stokes'. They are very special moments.

    "Jonny Bairstow played well at second fiddle, but some of the strokes by Stokes... he kept smashing the bowlers back over their head.

    "It was an outstanding innings - I'm very pleased for the young man - a marvellous performance."

  34. Post update

    Ben Stokes started the day on 74 not out, but the best was yet to come.

    He plundered runs left, right and centre. Poor Chris Morris, on his debut, went for 81 runs in 57 balls.

  35. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It happened from the first over of the day, when Stokes smashed two fours. It gave us a sense of what was to come."

  36. Review of the day

    Let's recap on what happened today then.

    To put it bluntly, Ben Stokes marmalised South Africa.

    It was raining fours and sixes as the all-rounder produced an innings as imposing as Table Mountain which overlooks Newlands.

  37. Post update

    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a remarkable, remarkable day for English cricket. It will stick long in the memory of everyone who saw it, particularly the thousands who have travelled over to Cape Town."

  38. 'We thought Stokes might make it as a county player'

    Ben Stokes

    Ben Stokes' heroics with the bat have taken even his former team-mates by surprise.

    The all-rounder's 258 off 198 balls was the fastest double century by an England player, and the second quickest of all time.

    But Geoff Minshaw, club secretary at Cockermouth in Cumbria, the club where Stokes played as a junior, told Press Association Sport: "We thought he could possibly make it as a county cricketer.

    "I don't think anybody would have thought he would go on and dominate the world stage.

    "He's got the potential to be the best all-rounder England have ever had and maybe the best all-rounder the world has ever seen."

  39. Post update

    Forget Sunday, this was Stokesday.

    A sensational day of Test cricket ends with England 488 runs in front. Not bad, I suppose.

  40. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "That's 453 runs in the day - a record for the most scored in a day of Test cricket in South Africa. It beats the 450 made by Australia at Wanderers in 1921."

  41. Close of play

    SA 141-2

    Hashim Amla sends South Africa in for the close with a smile on their faces following successive boundaries down the ground and one thick-edged through the gully region. 

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  43. SA 133-2 (trail by 496)

    Steven Finn delivers what is likely to be the penultimate over of the day (it looks like we might lose another 36 balls tonight). There's a muted appeal when AB De Villiers doesn't play a shot and the ball flicks off the top of his front pad. Not out... but something to think about. 

  44. SA 133-2 (Amla 56, De Villiers 25)

    Stuart Broad

    Probably not, Sparky, since Stuart Broad appears to have wrestled the ball from Ben Stokes.

    Broad always looks to be England's most skillful bowler and he gets one to reverse back into Hashim Amla and the batsman's confident leave looks a little ill-advised.

    Amla is soon back on top with a cut through backward point for four.

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    Sparky McGhee: Can they have the perfect finish to a perfect day? B Stokes c Bairstow.

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  47. SA 129-2 (15 minutes until the close)

    Has there, by the way, ever been a better time to be ginger? Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow have struck a blow for the flame-haired brigade today... as this next piece of social media underlines.

  48. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Hashim Amla celebrates his half century against the West Indies

    "Amla's last half-century was exactly a year ago today, against West Indies. He went 11 innings without a fifty, his longest run in Test cricket."

  49. 50 for Hashim Amla (off 110 balls)

    SA 127-2

    There it is... an exquisite flick for four off his pads and Hashim Amla raises his bat for his first fifty in 11 Test innings.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "If that had hit the stumps, he would have been out."

  51. SA 123-2 (trail by 506)

    Ben Stokes is ticking now. He tries to run out AB de Villiers with a strong throw, misses and the ball runs for four overthrows. Stuart Broad, who should have been backing up, gets a flea in his ear. Ever the competitor.

  52. Get Involved


    Daniel Craig

    Ian Dobson: Daniel Craig is apparently going to be auditioning to be the next Ben Stokes.

  53. SA 118-2 (Stokes 5-1-15-1)

    A red-faced (sun, not embarrassment!) Ben Stokes is given one last chance to make his astounding day even better. He's getting bounce from the surface, which AB de Villiers rides and middles for two into the leg side. 

  54. Post update

    Graeme Smith

    Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "On a surface like this you really have to hang on to your chances because you know how hard you have to work for each wicket."

    Joe Root dropped AB de Villiers on five at second slip.

    England celebrate taking the second wicket
  55. SA 116-2 (Amla 41 off 104)

    Hashim Amla is a tall, slender player who doesn't seem to have an ounce of fat on him. He stands tall at the crease and opens the face to try and work Moeen Ali through the off side. He picks out the fielder though. Just one from the over.

  56. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Hashim Amla went 21 balls without scoring a run before that two."

  57. SA 115-2 (trail by 514)

    James Anderson

    James Anderson is playing a game of patience with AB de Villiers. He's hanging the ball outside off stump, has three slips in place and another three fielders in the ring on the off side. When the strike is rotated, an extra slip comes in for Hashim Amla. Who will blink first?

    Three from the over, the highlight being a firm push down the ground for two by Amla.

  58. Post update

    Graeme Smith

    Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It hasn't been a good day for Hashim Amla but he can help to put things right with a solid batting performance, he can take a lot of pressure off himself." 

  59. SA 112-2 (Moeen 6-1-23-0)

    England fans wearing mock beards

    The crowd gets their apparent wish: Moeen will bowl to Hashim.

    Off-spin from round the wicket from the bowler and the batsman defends. We're bobbing along quietly to the close now.

  60. Get Involved


    Conflicting views:

    Josh Nagil: The Hashim/Moeen song at the South Africa v England game is infinitely better than the Kolo/Yaya song.

    Phil: Someone please stop that Hashim Amla song.

    Moeen Ali and Hashim Amla
  61. From the press box

  62. SA 111-2 (trail by 518)

    The supporters are entertaining themselves by adapting a song about the Toure brothers and inserting the names of Hashim and Moeen. It's a song which appears to be on repeat. James Anderson delivers another maiden to Hashim Amla.

  63. Get Involved


    Dan Dyer: Why is the England cricket badge on Moeen Ali's shirt red and everybody else's blue? 

    Can you help?

    Moeen Ali
  64. SA 111-2 (De Villiers 20 off 20)

    AB de Villiers is scoring at a run a ball here, leaning into a bit of a pie from Steven Finn to plunder four through mid-wicket.

  65. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Ben Stokes

    "You would think the skipper would be thinking a bit more Ben Stokes before the end of play. The crowd will be boisterous and hoping he does something as he generally does."

  66. SA 107-2 (Anderson 7-1-21-0)

    Can I start a campaign here and now to get people to wear ginger wigs at work tomorrow, in tribute to Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. If you send in your pictures, we'll try and use some in the live text tomorrow.

    Hashim Amla, it has to be said, looks in superb form. He's leaving well outside off stump and defending with a steely determination.

    As skipper of the side, this match carries even great significance. Maiden over for James Anderson.

  67. Post update

    Graeme Smith

    Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm feeling a little drained from having to give England so many compliments. The South African batting unit is not going to get a better chance to find form. It's a big afternoon for AB de Villiers."

  68. SA 107-2 (trail by 522)

    England fans

    We're into the final hour of the day. One more wicket and England will be delighted, two more and it's party time.

    Steven Finn is hanging the ball outside off stump waiting for a mistake, which he almost induces when AB goes fishing. The batsman responds by driving a full ball back down the ground for four. Shot!

  69. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was as straightforward a catch as you're going to get at second slip, his hands got in the wrong position."

  70. De Villiers dropped on 5

    SA 100-2

    What a chance! AB de Villiers edges James Anderson to Joe Root at second slip and the grabber spills it. It was a bit of a Ronnie Rosenthal (a sitter), and runs away for four.

    As for Anderson, he's furious and aims a sledge in the direction of the batsman who wisely just smiles and nods.

    AB, I should add, always strikes me as a nice, laid-back fella.

  71. Get Involved


    Superman inflatable

    Jonathan Heward: Superman wears Ben Stokes pyjamas!

  72. SA 96-2 (trail by 533)

    Stuart Broad stands with his hands on his hips and blows bubbles from his gum. He'll be desperate to get a crack at AB de Villiers, who he's dismissed more than any other bowler in the world. For now, though, Steven Finn has the cherry in his hand. And I think he's got rid of Hashim Amla via a bottom edge which, bizarrely, England barely appealed for. If it was an edge, it was a tickle. But I think it was out.

  73. How's stat?!

    This is interesting...

  74. Post update

    Here comes Steven Finn...

  75. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think Ben Stokes' day is done yet. You would think that the skipper will be thinking, just give him three or four overs at the end to make something happen. I wouldn't bet against Stokes having more of a say - as if he hadn't had enough already."

  76. SA 93-2 (Anderson 5-0-16-0)

    AB de Villiers, like Ben Stokes, is more known for his big hitting. But he's also a master craftsman as he shows when he stands on his tiptoes and rides the bounces to ease James Anderson through the covers for three. For my money, the best batsman in the world if we take into account all formats.

    Closely followed by Kane Williamson, Steve Smith and Joe Root.

  77. Get Involved


    England celebrate after Stokes takes a wicket

    Chris Brown: Find me a person who's having a better 2016 than Ben Stokes and I'll call them a liar.

    Butlins McCarthy: Stokes taking a wicket, about time he made a contribution to this game.

    Shannon McKee: I'll take full responsibility for that wicket, after just declaring on #bbccricket that Elgar was going nowhere! you're all Welcome!

    Shannon is right - we checked!

  78. SA 90-2 (Amla 38, De Villiers 0)

    It's unlikely we'll see an innings like Ben Stokes' again for a while, but if anyone can replicate it... AB de Villiers can.

    England know that if they can get rid of AB or Hashim Amla now, they are well on top. The latter has different ideas though as he caresses Stuart Broad to the cover boundary. Sublime placement.

    Drinks, all.

  79. Get Involved


    Liam Hegarty: Ben Stokes to play Bond apparently #gingerbond.

  80. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Ben Stokes celebrates

    "I'm amazed that it carried that far. Elgar tried to work it on to the on side but he closed the face. He gets to 44 but then makes that one error. It's a brilliant catch from Compton and it's that man again, Ben Stokes."

  81. WICKET

    Elgar c Compton b Stokes 44 (SA 85-2)

    Ben Stokes takes a wicket

    I was just writing that the compact Dean Elgar is more organised at the crease than a Filofax and then Ben Stokes steps up to clear the left-hander's diary for the rest of the day. A short delivery with steep bounce takes the outside edge and Nick Compton does the rest with a good catch at backward point.

  82. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook has just got to swap things around. there's no magic wand on a good pitch. Keep the tactic - keep it outside off stump. If you get Amla wide, out of his comfort zone, you might just get him to nick it."

  83. SA 81-1

    Mitchell Johnson bowls out Hassim Amla

    The player to have dismissed Hashim Amla the most in his career? Mitchell Johnson. England might consider selecting Mark Footitt, their own left-arm quick, for the next Test if Hash goes big here.

    Another interesting stat is that Amla is yet to score a run in the 'V'. Elgar, in contrast, has scored 22 of his runs down the ground.

  84. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook took it very nicely at first slip, two hands above his head. Bairstow didn't even move."

  85. SA 79-1 (Stokes 3-1-8-0)

    There are a few light-hearted chuckles from players on both sides when Ben Stokes bowls a wide which ends up in the hands of Alastair Cook at first slip. Steve Harmison-esque. 

  86. Tributes to Sussex's Matthew Hobden

    Matthew Hobden

    Sussex bowler Matthew Hobden, who has died aged 22, was a "gentle giant", according to his amateur club captain.

    England cricketers wore black armbands as a mark of respect on Sunday. The cause of his death has not been given.

    Jeremy Green, the first XI captain of Sussex league side Preston Nomads, said the news was "a massive shock".

    "We had a nickname for him which was BMH, 'Big Matt Hobden'. He was a larger-than-life guy on and off the field," said Green.

    Read more here

  87. SA 78-1 (trail by 555)

    Stuart Broad is trying every trick he's got up his sleeve... which is quite a few.

    Bowling with a wobbly seam, dishing up short stuff or delivering loopy, slower ball yorkers, he always looks a threat.

    But Hashim Amla has been around the block himself and pulls a bumper to the boundary.

  88. SA 73-1 (Elgar 38, Amla 29)

    Marlon Samuels salutes Ben Stokes in a test match between England and West Indies

    Ben Stokes gets a little taste of his own medicine when Dean Elgar punches him for four through the leg side.

    I wonder if Marlon Samuels saw the innings today? Surely it's worthy of another salute? Marlon... we're here if you want to pay tribute.

  89. Get Involved


    Amanda Rutter: Is 629 suddenly looking like a rather slim total on this batting pitch?

    Karl Barrett: Looks like south Africa have made a flatter pitch to help their batsmen find some form. 

  90. SA 66-1 (Broad 4-2-9-0)

    Alastair Cook is not allowing this game to meander in the way Hashim Amla did at the same time yesterday. He brings Stuart Broad back for a spell. Bowling round the wicket, Broad is too leggy to nuggety left-hander Dean Elgar and is nudged for ones and twos. 

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Hassim Amla of South Africa

    "If you were a South Africa supporter you'd be fairly happy with how things are going. Elgar is getting his foot out to the ball and Amla is playing better, but he's got to be careful."

  92. Get Involved


    James Thomas: Is there anywhere I can buy some Ben Stokes pyjamas? Age 43-44.

  93. SA 61-1 (Elgar 29, Amla 26)

    Ben Stokes has already brought a crate of lager, a box of wine and a tray of vol-au-vents to this party... but perhaps he has more to give?

    He hurries Hashim Amla with a bouncer which the South Africa skipper is late on. A little appeal, no edge behind. Maiden over.

  94. Here comes Ben Stokes...

    Hold on to your hats.

  95. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's so good this pitch, Hashim Amla is just staying on the back foot and picking Moeen off with a stick of rhubarb."

  96. SA 61-1 (trail by 568)

    Steven Finn bowls

    Thanks Justin, a good stint.

    It's all gone a bit quiet, hasn't it? Like the coach home from a school trip, or perhaps the night bus from town. Everyone and everything has been going at 100mph and now there's the inevitable slump.

    I'm sure that'll change once they chuck the ball to the cool kid at the back of the bus, Ben Stokes.

    One from Steven Finn's latest set of six.

  97. SA 60-1 (Moeen 5-1-22-0)

    Amla may been in a bad run of form, but he's certainly looked accomplished today. He makes room to force Moeen through cover off the back foot for a couple as the off-spinner drops short before Elgar drives straight, his fifth boundary. And that's the 50 stand. Time for Marc Higginson to take the live text reins once more.

  98. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    Steven Finn

    "This is a tough pitch to bowl on. Like a chief executive's wicket."

  99. SA 53-1 (trail by 576)

    Finn is fuller to finish the over. Elgar is up to the task.

  100. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It looks like it's going to be difficult for England to prise them out. They might have scored a lot of runs, but the ball is doing nothing for them at the moment."

  101. Amla dropped on 21

    SA 53-1

    Technically a chance but no blame attached to James Taylor there. Amla works Finn off his hips and Taylor does well to even get a hand to it low to his right at short leg. It would been a blinder.

  102. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Elgar is playing very nicely. He's carried on his good form from Durban, which is not always easy after you've been thrashed round the park."

  103. SA 52-1 (trail by 577)

    I'm yet to see one turn in this innings. Neither has Elgar, who casts aside his caution to dance down the track and deposit Moeen over the rope at long-on. He didn't quite get to the pitch but he kept his shape well and that was very sweetly struck.

  104. Get Involved


    Patch Thompson: Ben Stokes is my new sporting icon. I'm going to do nothing but bicep curls and dye my hair in an attempt to become him.

  105. SA 45-1 (trail by 584)

    Hashim Amla in bat for South Africa

    "Hash-im, Hash-im. Hash-im, Hash-im. Hash-im, Hash-im. Hash-im, Hash-im, Hash-iiim." Easily pleased, some fans. Two off that over from Finn.

  106. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ben Stokes should get a bowl before long. When you've had such a great performance, it can be horses for courses. I'd be giving him three overs to see what he can do."

  107. SA 43-1 (trail by 586)

    Moeen Ali reacts

    Moeen to Amla. Beard to beard. Five dots followed by another whipped four off the legs by South Africa's skipper.

  108. Post update

    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Dean Elgar is not looking all together on top of things here against Steven Finn."

  109. SA 39-1 (Elgar 18, Amla 15)

    The Root Experiment lasted only one over. Elgar has Steven Finn to face instead - and watches a bounces whistle past his nose. He responds by twice driving fuller deliveries back past the bowler, before Finn counters with a sharp blow to the glove.

  110. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is such a good pitch here. It has got that lovely bounce and a fast outfield, I'd like a bat on it."

  111. SA 31-1 (trail by 598)

    Moeen continues. Spin from both ends, on the second day of the match no less. Who'd have thought it? He strays on to Amla legs and, like so many bowlers before him, pays the price.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Hashim Amla

     "Amla is a popular figure but he has been struggling of late. There are many that would like to see a few hours of him batting. That triple century he got at The Oval in 2012, from the minute he walked to the middle he didn't look like getting out."  

  113. SA 27-1 (trail by 602)

    Tidyish from Root. Amla collects a single and Elgar a couple. No alarms.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "At the start after a break, get your big guns on. I hope Joe Root gets a wicket but it wouldn't be the normal thing."

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    Cheeky from England: Joe Root gets the first ball of the evening with his part-time off-spin. Interesting. Very interesting. Who ever said Alastair Cook was a predictable captain...?

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    The England players are in place, eager to get going again. Amla and Edgar are loitering on the edge of the boundary, slightly less keen. Let's do this.

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    Jonny Bairstow's mum and sister reveal they are likely to head for a glass of champagne with their son/brother at the close tonight. Richly deserved.

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    Ali Mason: The greatest day in the history of gingers...

  119. A proud mother

    More from Jonny Bairstow's mum Janet on TMS: "He knew where we were and then when he got his hundred he turned round and pointed and that was a special moment. I usually get too nervous to watch, I just want him to do well like any mother would." 

  120. 'Jonny deserves it for his hard work'

    Jonny Bairstow's mum Janet on Test Match Special: "He's in a good place at the moment and enjoying his cricket. He has worked very hard and he deserves it."

  121. On the air now...

  122. How's stat?!

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    What a session. And what a day's Test cricket, which will be forever be remembered as the Ben Stokes Show, with a star cameo from Jonny Bairstow. If you're only just joining us, then I can only offer my sympathies. Scroll down for the full story...    

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That last boundary was a reminder that it is a good pitch and there are runs out there. Mentally South Africa just have to play the ball and stick to their game plan. The way that England have played can do funny things to the mind though."

  126. Tea - SA 24-1 (trail by 605)

    Elgar has been about as reluctant in attack as a sulky teenager is to leave his bedroom, but he choses the final ball of the session to unfurl a wonderfully straight checked drive. Let's have tea, shall we?

  127. SA 19-1

    Steven Finn, who took six wickets in the first Test, gets the last over before tea. I wouldn't rule out something happening here...

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "You generally know when a batsman reviews it straightaway it is not going to be out."

  129. Not out

    SA 19-1

    Clear inside edge. The decision is overturned. As you were, gentleman. Maiden over.

  130. South Africa review

    Elgar 4 (SA 19-1)

    Moeen Ali of England

    Moeen strikes! It's full, Elgar pushes forward, the ball strikes him on the pad, the finger is up! But wait - Elgar wants a review. No hesitation in asking.

  131. SA 19-1

    What are South Africa up to here? Almost another run-out as Elgar works Moeen to leg, thinks about a single. Panic over.

  132. SA 19-1

    And we have spin. Moeen Ali replaces Broad for a twirl before tea.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    South Africa fans in the crowd

    "Amla is a popular figure but he has been struggling of late. There are many that would like to see a few hours of him batting. That triple century he got at The Oval, from the minute he walked to the middle he didn't look like getting out."

  134. SA 19-1 (Anderson 4-0-13-0)

    Anderson in for his fourth over. England's premier bowler has four slips and a gully ready and waiting. Just a hint of outswing - no more than that - and Amla stands tall to force that through point for his first intentional boundary.

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    Adam Taylor: I'm sure he's delighted by the score, but looking very difficult to see how Ian Bell could make a comeback.

    Jamie Williams: I'm being very English and starting to feel sorry for the South African's.

    Bloody Bishop: Dear England I'm working today and off next two days. Please have a heart save some excitement.

  136. SA 15-1

    Elgar, hunching over his bat like a student in a dimly lit library, is solid in defence to Broad. A maiden over. We have 10 minutes until tea.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Jonny Bairstow stumps Van Zyl

    "It's mental disintegration what England have done to South Africa. There is no swing, it's a perfect batting day and Van Zyl will be back in the dressing room thinking 'why?'"

  138. SA 15-1 (Elgar 4, Amla 5)

    Oooh! Almost another for England as Elgar, having eased Anderson through cover for two, sees an inside edge just evade his stumps. Amla then drives streakily wide of three expectant, hungry slips. Four to the total but nervous times all round.

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    Peter Crouch in the rain at the Britannia Stadium