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Live Reporting

Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right, that's it at the end of a historic day for South African cricket.

    Maybe not a big day in the context of the match, but certainly huge for Temba Bavuma and the Proteas.

    Can they push for victory tomorrow? Or will England repel the charge? Join us to find out.

  2. 'We'll rue those missed chances'

    England assistant coach Paul Farbrace on Sky Sports: "The bowlers have worked incredibly hard - to be out there for 200 overs...

    "We've done pretty well and created chances on a flat pitch. But obviously we're disappointed we've missed chances. We'll rue them."

  3. Get Involved


    Rachel T: Excellent. England have been in the lead for the entire Test so far.

  4. 'I slept with my pads on'

    Ben Stokes and Temba Bavuma shake hands

    More from South Africa's Temba Bavuma, who made 102 not out, on being padded up for 70 overs: "That was tough. I slept for some of those hours.

    "Pressure is always there. As a young guy there is always pressure. I just tried to keep calm and use my opportunity. I want to make a mark on international level."

    On the sledging from England's bowlers: "It was words of encouragement, if I could put in politely. It was almost like being back at school cricket with guys going hard at me for being small. But it enabled me to knuckle down and concentrate a bit harder."

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Alastair Cook

    "England just have to bat sensibly. There is the opportunity now Amla has declared for the early batsmen to get a hundred and then they would go to Jo'burg with wonderful confidence. We know Cook is a big hundred man. Hales will be thinking he can get his first one."

  6. 'It's a special moment'

    South Africa's Temba Bavuma, who became the first black African to score a Test century for South Africa, on Sky Sports: "It's a moment of cherish forever, especially here at Newlands, my favourite ground.

    "I can't tell you what was going through my mind but there was a lot of emotion and relief. I've been wanting to cross that first Test hundred off.

    "It's a special moment for my family too - they flew in from their holiday to be here in time."

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "All the confidence came back to South Africa cricket this afternoon. They have been down but Bavuma has done wonders for South African cricket. They have had bowlers who have been black - Ntini was a wonderful bowler - but I think it's better a player is picked on ability and Bavuma has proved he has talent."

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    Bavuma's century was a wonderful moment, a lot of emotion from the man himself, the Newlands crowd and his parents watching on.

    Soon after, South Africa declared, but the late wickets they were looking for didn't come. 

  9. Get Involved


    Tattz: If England had opened with Barstow and Stokes, we'd have a 150-run lead by now.

  10. Over and out

    Brian Lara graphic
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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If England had caught most of those chances they would have won the match. As a coach, sometimes say nothing. They're not bad catchers but they've had a bad day at the office - a really bad day. It's madness. You can't understand why; the players don't know why. It's best not to dwell on it. Move on."

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    It seemed like England would never part Amla - who moved to an 11-hour 200 - and Faf du Plessis, until three wickets fell for 10 runs. Bang, bang, bang.

    Mop up the tail? Not with the obstacle of Temba Bavuma  and some very dodgy catching. 

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a wonderful day for South Africa. Yesterday was slow - they were grinding out runs and trying to make sure they didn't lose - but today was different. By the middle of the day everyone was cheering South Africa and Bavuma put the icing on the cake."

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    A thrilling day? Not really, but memorable for a couple of reasons.

    Hashim Amla's redemption, England's drops and Temba Bavuma's little bit of history.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sometimes when you draw you think who has got the better of the draw. The way South Africa have fought back, with all their engine room back in the runs, it should serve them well going into the rest of the series." 

  16. Close of play

    Eng 16-0

    England get to the close unscathed. We might not have moved any nearer to a result, but it's been special for Temba Bavuma and South Africa cricket.

    As for tomorrow, the Proteas will hope that a couple of wickets can put the wind up the tourists.

  17. Eng 12-0

    Alex Hales

    A veteran move from the rookie Hales. A cheeky single on the leg side. "You face the last two balls, skipper..."

  18. Eng 11-0

    Last over of the day, Kagiso Rabada to bowl it...

  19. While South Africa have been batting...


    Charlie Watson: For my birthday last year, I organised a Monopoly pub crawl, which involved having an alcoholic drink in a pub at each of the 26 named properties on the Monopoly board. We started at Old Kent Road at 10am and finished the 26th drink at Bond Street at half past midnight – 14.5 hours later!

  20. Eng 11-0

    Morkel gets his knees high as he pumps in towards Cook, the speedo pushing 90, the keeper's gloves getting battered. We have our answer to the nightwatchman question. Steven Finn is padded up, waiting with his helmet on. That is a rough gig, having to sleep on the square after bowling 39 overs.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I wonder if Amla is thinking about putting the off-spinner on to Alastair Cook, there is a hint of rough outside the left-hander's off-stump."

  22. Eng 11-0 (lead by 13)

    Dean Elgar reacts to a close chance

    If Bavuma had caught this, I'd have been asking him to walk on water. Under the lid at short leg, off the face of Hales' bat, flying past Bavuma's dive quicker than a hiccup. When Rabada gets too short, Cook swivels on a hook for four. Two, maybe three overs left in the day.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I will say that England generally do it the hard way. They have for many, many years, including in my day."

  24. Eng 5-0 (lead by 7)

    Morkel, the giraffe, slants the ball across Cook, who shows good judgement of where the off stump is. There's some lengthy shadows lying across the Newlands turf, showing us that evening is drawing in. Ooohhh, that's good, Cook's grope beaten. Testing times for England. 

  25. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "We are only two overs into this innings but there is nothing through the air. There has been no swing throughout the match and I can't imagine it is going to suddenly start now. It would certainly be very bad luck for England if it did."

  26. Eng 5-0 (lead by 7)

    I wonder if England have nightwatchman padded up? I wonder who it would be? Let's say Nick Compton wants one and Steven Finn gets asked. Might he reply with "remember when you dropped Amla when I was bowling? Do your own batting, Compo." Compton actually has got his pads on, watching as Cook defends Kagiso Rabada.

  27. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook has not a score yet in this series but this is particularly important for Alex Hales in only his second Test match - this is a whole new mental test for him."

  28. Eng 4-0 (lead by 6)

    Cook is away with a nudge on the leg side, then Alex Hales does the same to pick up a couple. Despite this match being a runfest for four days, it feels different now. The evening, the shadow, the new ball, the fresh bowlers. It's a time to be bowling.

  29. Get Involved


    Mark Simmerson: England gain a valuable first-innings lead.

    Sam Greenway: Who declares when they still behind? Crazy decision.

  30. Eng 0-0

    Right then, a tricky period for England starts now. They have 23 minutes to survive. Morne Morkel, who has had his feet up for three days, has the ball. Alastair Cook is surrounded by catchers.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "When you've got players like De Villiers in your side who can chase anything down quickly, South Africa just have to find a way of taking 10 wickets. Unless England really panic and are completely frazzled mentally, there shouldn't be enough in the pitch. But at least South Africa have got back in the series and shown fight - and all their batsmen are in form."

  32. Post update

    Are you slightly fearful about how it could go for England tonight? Imagine if they lose a couple before the close. Could set up a wobbly final day.

  33. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "England bowled 11 wides, the most they have conceded in a Test innings."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a really good move. The England openers Hales and Cook would been watching that deficit reducing thinking, 'Do we want 25 minutes tonight? No, not really.' Now they have got 25 minutes facing Morne Morkel, who has been resting for what feels like about five weeks. Now it's all about the minds of the England players who have been fielding for such a long time."

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  37. England are two runs ahead

    Temba Bavuma

    Thunderous applause for Temba Bavuma as he leaves the field, raising his bat to all corners of the ground. He is no doubt taking some pats on the back in the South Africa dressing room right now.

    Down the hall, there's chaos in the England changing room. Kit being thrown everywhere. Alex Hales: "Where's my thigh pad?!" Probably.

  38. South Africa declare on 627-7

    Hashim Amla has seen enough. He gives a wave to bring his batsmen in, the Proteas two runs behind. The home side fancy a little bash at this tired England team tonight. After an eternity in the field, the pressure will be on the tourists for 20 minutes or so tonight.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Alastair Cook

    "If I am an opening batsman for England I want South Africa to keep batting here!"

  40. SA 627-7

    At time this Test match has meandered, but it's provided us with some wonderful moments. Stokes' brutality, Bairstow's emotion, Amla's redemption and Bavuma's little piece of history.

    Hello, what's this....

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  42. SA 624-7

    Lovely pictures of Bavuma's father show him on the phone, no doubt telling all and sundry what his lad has done. In the background, a lady that I think is his mother is getting a big hug. Looking again at the celebrations, Bavuma almost took himself off his feet with the swoosh of his bat. Makhaya Ntini was there, applauding over the balcony.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    Temba Bavuma

    "In size Bavuma is a small man but in stature as a cricketer it's a huge step and will do wonders, one hopes, for cricket in this country."

  44. 100 for Temba Bavuma

    SA 623-7

    Temba Bavuma celebrates

    That's it! A maiden Test century for Temba Bavuma, a hugely important one for South African cricket. Bavuma, the first black African specialist batsman to play for the Proteas, edges Steven Finn for four and punches the air. Newlands erupts, his father is on his feet and the crowd sings his name. A wonderful moment.

  45. While South Africa have been batting...


    Manc Vs Food: 14.5 hours. It took The Beatles 12 to record 'Please Please Me'. Ooh the irony.

    The Albion Roar: Since SA started their innings, you could have watched the NYD episode of Sherlock nearly 10 times - and still not get it.

  46. SA 619-7 (Bavuma 96 from 140 balls)

    How does Bavuma play now? He's in the 90s, facing Joe Root. He squints, looks around the field, then calmly works a single on the leg side to move to 96. Kagiso Rabada hold up his end of the bargain, watching two go past the off stump. Bavuma has the strike, looking for a boundary... 

  47. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    A South Africa fan

    "It has been quite noticeable watching the South Africans in the crowd that they have been starting to enjoy the cricket. Yesterday they were quiet and weren't necessary enjoying it but today they have seen runs coming quickly."

  48. SA 616-7 (Finn 38-5-127-2)

    Looking again, it was actually a sharp snaffle from Root. It was one he should have held, but it still went quickly to his right. That's a nice reward for Finn, who deserves more than his two wickets. England will hope they can wrap up the tail, but new man Kagiso Rabada is no mug. How do South Africa play now? Get Bavuma to a ton then declare? Or bat to tomorrow?

  49. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was muted celebrations. Morris should be very pleased with his performance. South Africa's tail does look long when Steyn and Morkel are playing, so Morris will have given the selectors quite a little bit of thinking to do for Johannesburg."

  50. WICKET

    Morris c Root b Finn 69 (SA 616-7)

    Glory be, England have caught one. Joe Root, standing at short cover with a bucket, has held on as Chris Morris lofted a drive off the bowling of Steven Finn. The end of a 167-run stand.

    *Joe Root was really holding a bucket.

  51. While South Africa have been batting...


    Chris Devany: In 14.5 hours I could get to Manchester Airport, stop off in the UAE and be hurtling over the Kalahari towards Cape Town

    Ed Henderson-Howat: In 14.5 hours of SA batting you could get so fed up with the cricket you actually start revising for January exams

  52. SA 611-6 (Bavuma 93, Morris 65)

    Temba Bavuma is a small chap, competing with James Taylor for the title of shortest man in the match. He's obviously watched Sachin Tendulkar play. He's compact, quite wristy, but also with a flowing cover drive. Both he and Morris can play the reverse sweep - both belt Moeen for four. Are South Africa putting the foot down? Thoughts of a declaration?

  53. What could you have done in 14.5 hours?


    Charlie Watson: Stuart Broad could have bowled his 8-15 spell 9-and-a-bit times.

    Allan Flowers: On 1st innings form we could watch Ben Stokes make 670 runs in fourteen and a half hours. 

    John Brierly: Pranav Dhanawade would have scored 2,222 runs!

  54. SA 602-6 (trail by 27)

    England fans

    The Barmies sing "stand up if you're 1-0 up". I admire their enthusiasm, I'd be more thinking about having a lie down. Root spears one down the leg side, a wide, which Stuart Broad has to chase to the boundary. Root has not only dropped a catch off Broad, but is now making the pacer run like a man after the bus.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "They'll never get them out! But if you're going to have a bad time, best to get them all out in one go."

  56. SA 598-6 (Bavuma 88, Morris 60)

    Moeen Ali, a man who has already bowled 50 overs, is asked to have another roll. There's no close catchers - probably because they wouldn't catch it. Round the wicket, a lot down the leg side. Bavuma doesn't get bat on many. Didn't Ben Stokes bowl an over of off-breaks in the UAE? Get them out again...

  57. While South Africa have been batting...


    Queen perform Bohemian Rhapsody

    Joe Baker: In this innings you could have listened to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody 157 times

    Max Braddick: In the fourteen and a half hours that South Africa have been batting, you could have watched 6 episodes of the Star Wars saga

  58. Eng 598-6 (trail by 33)

    Imagine how the bowlers must be feeling. They've bowled more than 200 overs and seen 10 catches shelled. That's one every 20 overs. England have made enough chance to take 16 wickets. They'd have been on the way to an innings victory. Has someone replaced their shower gel with butter? Did you ever see that episode of Friends where they played catch for hours on end? This England team is full of Chandlers. He was a dropper.

  59. Post update

    Graeme Smith

    Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Stuart Broad

    "Stuart Broad does a lap of the pitch to calm down after that latest dropped catch."

  60. Morris dropped on 57

    SA 595-6

    Stuart Broad reacts to a dropped catch

    And another goes down! It's Joe Root, that man a short slip. The thing is, it goes so high to him, it would have been better if he was further back. Morris the batsman, Broad again the bowler, thick edge to Root's right. A dive, but tipped around the post. I think that's 10 drops. 10!

  61. Close!

    SA 594-6

    Another edge! Bairstow hangs on this time, but it's dropped short. Broad the bowler, Bavuma the batsman. Next to Bairstow is Joe Root, so close at slip that he needs a helmet. Guess what... 

  62. While South Africa have been batting...


    Shane Watson is out lbw

    The Halftime Pundit: In 14 1/2 hours you could watch 174 Shane Watson innings. Each lasting no more than the customary 5 mins. All LBW.

    PtheP: What can you do in 14 1/2 hours? Get Stuart Broad to bowl Australia out 8.7 times!

  63. SA 592-6

    I've just a replay of all of England's dropped catches. It's like watching Animal from the Muppets play the drums. Arms and legs everywhere.

  64. While South Africa have been batting...


    Matt Dolan: With 14.5 hours you could be nearly finished 15-hour slow-cooking your pork ribs for dinner.

    Jimmy Smallwood: In Salford, where BBC Cricket is based, the 14-hour Ring Cycle is on in its entirety in June.

    Biker: 14.5 hours-more than enough time for Tim Peake to reach the ISS and have his bacon sarnie.

  65. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "This is the first time England have fielded for more than 200 overs since Brian Lara made his 400 in the Antigua Test of 2004 when they were in the field for 202 overs."

  66. SA 592-6 (Bavuma 87, Morris 56)

    Shall we have a non-uniform day tomorrow? Or maybe all bring some board games in? Either that, or order a rather small, very localised earthquake at Newlands to see if we can spice up the pitch? And what about that bear we ordered? There's no sign of that. Root still round the wicket, frying-panned for four by Morris. Time for drinks. I'll have a scotch.

  67. 'I would declare tonight'

    Graeme Smith

    Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd try and get as close to England's total as I could and then have a go at England tonight. I think it would be nice for South Africa to declare, it sends a message. England have looked ragged and the South African team needs a strong message at the moment."

  68. 50 for Chris Morris

    SA 587-6

    Chris Morris

    Well batted, Chris Morris. He took a frightful battering from Ben Stokes when he was bowling, but the debutant has now moved to 50 in his first Test innings. He gets there with a lovely cover drive off Stuart Broad. Looking at his bowling figures, he's just 100 in debt now.

  69. Post update

    Graeme Smith

    Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England were quite aggressive to this pair early on, listening to the stump mics they were trying to get under Bavuma's skin, but the two batsmen have just gone about their business."

  70. SA 582-6 (trail by 47)

    Joe Root is recalled to the attack. You know it's been a slog when a non-bowler is sending down it's 15th over. He's round the wicket - I can't remember him bowling over the wicket much in this innings. Nothing happening. Four from the over. 

  71. Post update

    Graeme Smith

    Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Chris Morris

    "Morris took an absolute battering from Ben Stokes when he bowled on his Test debut, a little welcome to Test cricket, but this knock will have done his confidence a lot of good."

  72. SA 578-6 (Bavuma 84, Morris 45)

    There are 21 overs after this Stuart Broad set remaining in the day. Morris, hunting a half-century on debut, drives Broad down the ground for four. I'm told that South Africa have been batting for 14 and a half hours. If you'd boarded a flight from Heathrow at the start of this innings, you'd have reached Cape Town in time to watch the end. What else can you do in 14 and a half hours? Entertain me.

  73. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have kept going but in the last couple of hours it looks like the wheels have come off a bit, with all these dropped catches." 

  74. SA 574-6

    Just imagine what it must be like to field for two and a half days. If South Africa bat to tomorrow, they will have had the same innings across four days of this match. Granted, playing cricket isn't like having a real job, but the bowling and fielding must become a bit of a grind after a while. Anderson as the sun pops behind a cloud, Bavuma slashing and missing.

  75. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Chris Morris and Temba Bavuma

    "This is a new seventh-wicket partnership record for South Africa against England, beating Nummy Deane and Buster Nupen's 123 at Durban in 1928."

  76. SA 573-6 (trail by 56)

    Steven Finn signs autographs

    Hmmm. It's all getting a little bit village now. Bairstow, standing back, rolls the ball at the stumps in an attempt to catch Bavuma out of his ground. If you want to stump someone, stand up, Jonathan. On the boundary, Steven Finn signs some autographs. A much better idea than bowling.

  77. Get Involved


    Calz McGlynn: How people can moan about this pitch is beyond me. England have thrown this game away with poor fielding.

    Francis Edwards: Dropped catches have pushed England out of the game, not the pitch, not the ball. Fielding has been absolutely woeful!

  78. SA 573-6 (Bavuma 84, Morris 40)

    James Anderson somehow summons the energy to kick in to Bavuma once more. England are hoping to frustrate the error out of Bavuma - just like they did in the last over - with a 7-2 off-side field. The problem is when Anderson gets too straight, Bavuma can work fine to nudge nearer to a maiden Test match century.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Stuart Broad kicks the pitch in frustration

    "Stuart Broad is in trouble here. He's booted the pitch after that dropped catch. It's not on a length but I am sure they will be having a word with him. You can't kick lumps out of the pitch. Maybe a bowler should be allowed to have one big hoof a day on pitches like this!"

  80. SA 566-6

    For all the chat of declarations and a flat pitch, England might have had sniff in this match if they'd held their catches. How many runs have they put on the turf? 200? More?

  81. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bavuma tries to guide it down to third man, it goes sharp and Bairstow is slow to that. He just doesn't react and move quickly enough. It's a chance you would expect to take." 

  82. Bavuma dropped on 77

    SA 566-6

    Dropped another! Stuart Broad is wound up for another spell - ball in hand at this point is about as welcome as a visit from the taxman. Broad, with a little leg-cutter, finds the edge of Temba Bavuma but Jonny Bairstow, diving low to his right, can't cling on in one hand. Catchable. In frustration, Broad kicks the pitch and take a chunk out of it. The umpires even give him a warning. It never rains...

  83. Post update

  84. SA 565-6 (trail by 64)

    Since South Africa started batting, Chris Gayle has asked someone on a date and been fined for it, Rafa Benitez has lost his job and a world darts champion has been crowned. When Dean Elgar took strike, HSBC's online banking still worked and Guns N' Roses hadn't yet got back together. 

  85. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Only one team can win from here. If South Africa keep going at this rate they will be leading overnight and then if England have to bat tomorrow with 70 or so before they are even past South Africa. The only thing is have the South Africa attack got enough? I'm not sure they have."

  86. SA 564-6 (trail by 65)

    Thanks, Jack. It's funny how things turn around isn't it? A couple of days ago, England couldn't lose this match. Now it seems that they can't win. Can you remember a time when South Africa weren't batting? I mean, how many things in the world have happened since the Proteas began this innings?

  87. Get Involved


    Steven Finn

    Jon Salinger: This Test match has gone from elation to deflation for England.

    Andrew Neill: In hindsight maybe England should have just kept batting...  

  88. Post update

    And with things a little calm right now I'll pass you over to the estimable Stephan Shemilt to guide you through to the close...

  89. SA 561-6 (Anderson 32-12-68-1)

    Anderson winds up his shoulders for another go and gets Morris swiping outside off twice in quick succession. A touch of impatience from the number eight perhaps but he survives.

  90. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Temba Bavuma bats

    "South Africa can't lose now. There just isn't enough time left for England to do anything about it."

  91. SA 560-6 (trail by 69)

    Root on to fire down a few rapid off-spinners and Bavuma almost loses his footing to a ball down leg side. Bairstow whips off the bails but Bavuma's foot is planted. He then takes quick single to retain the strike.

  92. Get Involved


    Diccon Thornely: At what point do they shake hands and decide it with a boat race in the pub? Reckon Stokes would be rapid on the strawpedo.

  93. SA 559-6 (Bavuma 72, Morris 38)

    Stokes looking ragged now as Bavuma calmly picks up another short ball with a well-directed pull shot for a couple. Stokes goes short again but Bavuma swerves out of the way. A single to end the over.

  94. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "That also brought up the hundred partnership off just 127 balls."

  95. SA 554-6 (trail by 75)

    A rare bit of sharp turn for Mooen but a promising start is undone by an Alex Hales misfield followed by a reverse sweep to the fence by Morris. That brings up the 100 partnership between these two. Morris then lofts down the ground, with Joe Root interested but it evades the vice-captain's dive for another boundary.

  96. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    Chris Morris

    "Even the most optimistic England player is probably thinking they can't see a way of winning from here."

  97. SA 544-6 (Bavuma 68, Morris 27)

    Oh Temba. The young batsman is playing at least one excellent shot per over at the moment - this one a superb pick up through backward square-leg. Stokes and England grumble.

  98. Morris survives

    SA 538-6 (trail by 91)

    Replays show the ball clearly hit Morris outside the line so Mo's woes go on.

  99. England review

    Man of the match in Durban, it's fair to say Cape Town hasn't been a happy hunting ground for Moeen. The spinner is into his 49th over and has yet to claim a wicket. But what's this? Moeen wraps Morris' pads and Cook signals a review...

  100. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Middle-order players play nice shots. You have to find a way to make it uncomfortable for them. The trouble is, on this pitch there is no margin for error."

  101. SA 535-6 (Bavuma 60, Morris 26)

    Ben Stokes bowls

    Now then, Stokes back on against pre-tea nemesis Bavuma. Any more aggro? Well, Stokes will be seething after Bavuma plays the shot of his impressive innings with a splendid cover drive for four. Another nice drive yields a single.

  102. Get Involved


    Ben Stokes looks dejected

    Tom Ford: Have all these runs devalued Stokes' knock in any way??

  103. SA 530-6 (trail by 99)

    Second ball after the break and Bavuma signals his intent, mistiming a pull shot just over the head of Alex Hales. Sensibly he rotates the strike and Morris picks up a couple off Moeen Ali to end the over. The Proteas inside 100 behind now.

  104. Post update

    Bavuma and Morris didn't hold back before tea so let's see if they follow Michael Vaughan's advice and free their arms again.

    Brews drunk, snacks eaten and they're all back out on the pitch. Let's resume.

  105. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa should have a swing after tea and score as quickly as they can."

  106. Get Involved

    Text 81111

    Duncan in Birmingham: As one of the problems in slowing a day's play down is the change between overs, is there an argument for reverting to 8-ball overs (perhaps reducing the overs to 75 in a day, 25 per session)?

  107. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The South Africa engine room looks back in form, which could make for a competitive series. It is just going to be whether they can get Dale Steyn fit and if they can take 20 wickets."

  108. Get Involved


    Richard Haines: Love the doom-mongers. England facing tricky fifth-day chase, on this pitch? No chasing needed batting third.

  109. Post update

    Graeme Smith

    Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "When he came out to bat Amla was a man under serious pressure and South Africa were a team under serious pressure but he led from the front and played a beautiful innings. It was nice to see the England fans show their appreciation also."

  110. View from the press box

    Steven Finn looks dejected
  111. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't know why Nick Compton is shaking Bavuma's hand - he's only made 50!"

  112. SA 525-6 (Bavuma 52, Morris 24)

    So the deficit isn't as low as the 75 Geoffrey Boycott predicted but Morris and Bavuma have made quick inroads. Their fluent partnership is worth 76 off 99 balls as the Proteas trail by 104 runs going into the final session.

  113. Tea - SA 525-6 (trail by 104)

    Finn to give it one more blast as he gets a bit of movement away from Morris' tentative prod outside off. Bit of bounce too as Bairstow takes one at head height before Morris edges along the ground to the slips. A maiden but no wicket and this pair survive through to tea.

  114. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the first time I have seen England with a defensive field."

  115. SA 525-6 (trail by 104)

    Ali keeps on twirling away from around the wicket, trying to cramp Morris, but the South African is happy to defend before taking a single off the final ball."One more before tea fellas," bellows Bairstow. Well, they have only a few minutes left to go.

  116. Get Involved


    Ben Thurley: England are in real danger here of a first-innings deficit and tricky fifth-day chase.

  117. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "A fifty from 52 balls - that is Bavuma's fastest half-century in first-class cricket."

  118. SA 524-6 (Bavuma 52, Morris 23)

    Bavuma's certainly solid in defence too, easily shutting down Finn as the England bowler tries to tease him outside off before guiding a couple down to third man. A dot ball to finish.

  119. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Chris Morris congratulates Temba Bavuma

    "It's a really nice innings from Bavuma. There has been some short stuff where he has pulled and cut and he's played some nice drives."

  120. 50 for Bavuma

    SA 522-6 (trail by 107)

    Temba Bavuma celebrates

    Bavuma's got plenty in his locker, playing a deft lap sweep off Ali to deflect the ball through fine leg for four. He follows up by pouncing on a over-pitched delivery to drive through the covers for four before tucking a single into the leg side to bring up his fifty off just 52 balls with 11 fours.

  121. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When England do get to bat I think Cook still has to open with Hales and just play. You have to try and get the shine off the new ball. If you try and whack it and you're three down for nowt you won't know whether to stick or twist."

  122. SA 513-6 (trail by 116)

    Finn bends his back trying to make immediate amends for his spill but Morris and Bavuma are equal to it. The caught-and-bowled chance beat Finn for pace but England could really have done with breaking this partnership. 

  123. Morris dropped on 22

    Steven Finn drops a catch

    England are getting very familiar with dropped catches in this Test. It's another tough chance in fairness but Finn fails to wrap his mitts around a Morris drive straight back at the bowler.

  124. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bavuma looks a decent little player but if you bowl a few dots he doesn't like it."

  125. SA 511-6 (trail by 118)

    Temba Bavuma

    This pair have scored freely to bring the deficit down quickly and Bavuma continues the trend with a square sweep off Ali to the fence after manoeuvring the field.

  126. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If they can get to tea, the deficit is going to be 75 or less than that."

  127. SA 505-6 (Bavuma 35, Morris 21)

    Finn's buffet service ceases business for the moment as he gets Morris defending and ducking for a maiden over.

  128. Get Involved


    Temba Bavuma

    Dan Gee: Awesome from Bavuma but this is buffet bowling by Finn.

  129. SA 505-6 (trail by 124)

    Stokes' sledging is clearly not paying dividends and he's also been removed from the attack with Moeen Ali resuming over the wicket. Bit of turn off the surface too, but not enough to trouble Bavuma. Just one off the over.

  130. SA 504-6 (Bavuma 35, Morris 20)

    Silky stuff from Bavuma, effortlessly pushing Finn through the covers. And there's plenty more as he plays late to guide the ball behind point before pulling through mid-wicket for a third consecutive boundary. Only a diving stop from Compton prevents a fourth.

    South Africa bring up the 500 and these two have raced to their 50 partnership.

  131. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I wish umpires would take more control and just handle the game."

  132. SA 498-6 (trail by 140)

    Ben Stokes

    Despite those three quick wickets, Bavuma has settled very quickly, easily dealing with Stokes' pace and line. And the ginger tyro is livid, making his thoughts known to the diminutive South African, which draws a warning from the umpires. 'Pick on someone your own size', perhaps.

  133. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The game has moved forward and has been quite interesting since lunch but I still feel South Africa have done enough. England can still make it awkward for them but South Africa have taken up a lot of time and England still haven't got them out."

  134. SA 487-6 (Finn 32-3-104-1)