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Live Reporting

Stephan Shemilt and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    And that, I think, is that. We're leaving it here before anyone else resigns.

    Switch your eyes to Sportsday Live for further reaction to Hashim Amla's reaction.

    The cricket team will be back on 14 January for the third Test. Goodbye.

  2. Series summary

    First Test, Durban: England won by 241 runs

    Second Test, Cape Town: Match drawn

    Third Test, Johannesburg: 14-18 January

    Fourth Test, Centurion: 22-26 January

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    AB De Villiers

    Well, I'm not sure any of us were expecting that, were we?

    What an end to this second Test. Hashim Amla resigns as South Africa captain after making a double century and a pretty decent performance from his side.

    When we pitch up in Johannesburg, the Proteas will have AB de Villiers in charge.

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    Richard Thomas: "Amla has history here. Given up the captaincy of several sides over the years. Clearly a reluctant skipper. Damn fine bat, tho."

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    Alastair Cook and Hashim Amla

    England captain Alastair Cook on Hashim Amla's resignation: "You're under pressure as a captain for a lot of the time.

    "He'll have his reasons and I wish him all the best - he's a really nice guy.

    "I did ask if he planned to have a couple of Tests off, but unfortunately he's still planning on batting against us.

    "It's always sad when someone steps down, because to captain your country is a huge honour and a real privilege."

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    This feels like a long old post-match reaction session. We haven't had any play since 13:45.

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    Alastair Cook and Hashim Amla

    Craig Woodhead: Leave work with Amla as South Africa captain after a good draw, arrive home and AB De Villiers is captain.

  8. Post update

    For some reason, Sir Alex Ferguson has popped into my mind.

    Whoever followed Graeme Smith as South Africa captain was going to have a tough job, just like the man who followed Fergie into Old Trafford. Hashim Amla is playing the David Moyes role in this story.

    Does that make AB de Villiers the Louis van Gaal? 

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    Wyndham Hacket Pain: After many England captains resigning against South Africa, it is refreshing for for this trend to be reversed.

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    Hashim Amla and coach Russell Domingo

    More from Hashim Amla: “Throughout my time as captain, whether in good times or tough times, I’ve always had the full support of my team mates, coaching staff and management. I want to acknowledge this superb group of people for always being there and for supporting me wholeheartedly."

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    Paul Hawkins: So after rumours AB De Villiers to quit Test cricket, he's now Proteas captain after Hashim Amla resigns? Wow

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    AB De Villiers

    The daft thing about of all of this is that there were rumours about AB de Villiers retiring during the first Test. The man himself even spoke of lightening his workload. Taking on the captaincy is not a way to do less work.

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    Hashim Amla and Haroon Lorgat

    Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat: “We respect Hashim’s decision and the manner in which he thought about it and then communicated with me. It was consistent with his well respected personality.

    “He still has a huge role to play in shaping the success of our team without the need for a leadership title. He is just that type of a person and we are very fortunate to have him in our stable.“I want to thank AB for readily accepting the challenge of rebuilding our Test team as we seek to remain the best team in the world."

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    Simon Coston: De Villiers to open the bowling as well in the next test? He's done pretty much every other job for SA this series.

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    Hashim Amla

    More from Hashim Amla: “Naturally this decision is not an easy one but the more I think about it the more I believe I can be of greater value to the Proteas as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time of rebuilding our team.

    “I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain and I wish to thank CSA for the honour of captaining my country. It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience.”   

  18. Amla resigns

    Hashim Amla was the surprise choice as South Africa Test captain when Graeme Smith retired in 2014.

    Previously seen as a reluctant leader, Amla led the Proteas in 14 Tests, winning four, drawing six and losing four.

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    More from AB de Villiers: “At the moment my priority and focus is placed on leading this team to what can be a memorable series win against England. 

    "This Test squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain. Hashim is a good friend and close colleague and I am grateful for his support.”   

  21. De Villiers named South Africa captain

    AB de Villiers: “I’ve said this before that it is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format. 

    "The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream."

  22. De Villiers takes over as Proteas captain

    AB De Villiers and Hashim Amla

    Cricket South Africa have confirmed that AB de Villiers will take over as Proteas captain for the rest of the series.

  23. Amla resigns as South Africa captain

    Hashim Amla: "This decision was not easy but I felt I needed to do it. I have given my best at all times but feel there's a greater need to work on my own game.

    "To be captain is the pinnacle of any sportsman and I am extremely grateful to have captained this great team.

    "I believe there is a great deal I can still offer the team and look forward to contributing towards their success."

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  25. Hashim Amla resigns as South Africa captain

    Confirmed. Hashim Amla has stepped down as South Africa captain. He has read a statement to the media.

    What a shocker after this second Test. 

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    Hashim Amla and the South Africa team

    We think that Hashim Amla is just waiting to speak to the media to confirm his resignation. There is nothing official from Cricket South Africa yet.

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    Just to reiterate, we've not had this confirmed just yet, but it seems that Hashim Amla's resignation is currently circulating around Newlands. Alastair Cook has just been asked about it in his post-match media conference.

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    Alastair Cook and Hashim Amla shake hands

    "It's a bit of a shock," says Alastair Cook. You're not kidding, skipper.

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    Hashim Amla

    That's a helluva tweet from TMS, isn't it? Reports from South Africa are saying that Hashim Amla has quit as Test captain. What a story that would be in the middle of the series.

    It's usually the England captain who goes when these two meet isn't it?

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  32. Story of the match

    Day one: England 317-5 (Stokes 74*, Bairstow 39*)

    Day two: England 629-6 dec (Stokes 258, Bairstow 150*); South Africa 141-2 (Amla 64*)

    Day three: South Africa 353-3 (Amla 157*, De Villiers 88)

    Day four: South Africa 627-7 dec (Amla 201, Bavuma 102*); England 16-0

    Day five: England 159-6 (Bairstow 30*, Piedt 3-38)

  33. Get Involved


    Stephen Cummins: Don't panic, still 1-0 up after two tests away against the number one test side. We'd have taken that.

    Mike Crew: Only England could score 629 and end up relying on the weather to save the match!

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    England captain Alastair Cook on Sky Sports: "It wasn't ideal, but it's amazing what can happen when the pressure is off one side. It was a bit like how we played against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

    "Over the last 10 days of cricket, we've had some really good ones. We probably bowled when the wicket was flattest and we still created chances, but we have to take those chances.

    "Steven Finn bowled beautifully, probably our most threatening bowler. Everyone bowled pretty well, but South Africa deserve credit because they batted well under pressure.

    "It's a bit frustrating because it hasn't clicked for me on this tour. I'll have a couple of days off, then work hard for Johannesburg."

  35. Man of the match

    Ben Stokes

    Man of the match Ben Stokes: "When I started going we had a good score anyway. I thought we had quite a lot runs, so that if I got out it wouldn't be the worst thing. I started going for my shots and it paid off.

    "I'd done some work with my technique, but the main part of my game is 'see ball, hit ball'

    "Credit to Jonny. The way he went about his innings was amazing. You can never take that hundred away from him. It's a result of the work he's out in over the past year or so."

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    Hashim Amla

    More from Hashim Amla: "It was nice to get some runs again. It's one of the best places in the world to play and we were pleased to see so many supporters here.

    "Bavuma's innings was exceptional. He's been under pressure with people doubting his place in the team but he's got real talent and we're all pleased the way he showed that."

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    South Africa captain Hashim Amla: "Stokes and Bairstow batted extremely well but for us to claw our way back the way we did was pleasing. We gave them some chances but that's the way it goes.

    "The next two matches should be really exciting. Both teams are evenly matched but we've got more positives to take into the next match."

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    Bryony Lever: Crafty but not wise from Jonny Bairstow. I crawled under the covers once and got trodden on.

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    England captain Alastair Cook: "It was a little bit nervous. It's amazing when only one side can win it, the pressure is all on one side. South Africa bowled well. It would have been really disappointing to bat out the day.

    "On the first day it was a really good cricket wicket, but the pace slowly died. The partnership between Stokes and Bairstow accelerated the game. It was outstanding, a privilege to watch.

    "The bowlers put the ball in really good areas. We played against some really good batting. To get 600 when you have conceded 600 is a really good effort from them. It might have been different had we taken our chances."

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    Presentation time. Skippers and man of the match coming up.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa have their mojo back and are thinking positively again. They know they can bowl England out and if they can get Steyn fully fit it will be a really tough contest."

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    Flemming Jensen: Team scores 629 in 1st innings, salvages draw. England in a nutshell.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Steven Finn is a tall man and could be a threat in Joburg where the ball carries. The important thing is not to bowl short and get the ball on an awkward length. He'll cause problems if he does that.

    "The one who does give you concern is Jimmy Anderson. He looked rusty. His bowling didn't have any zip. Maybe he saw the pitch was flat and he just bowled line and length but he needed overs under his belt and he'll be hoping for a bit of movement because he's not genuine quick."

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    Simon Coston: Bairstow Motm? Anchored the first innings, ensured survival in the 2nd. 180* in the match? (forget the catches).

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    Jonny Bairstow

    Very, very crafty from Jonny Bairstow. He's burrowed under the covers to retrieve a couple of stumps - probably one for him and one for Ben Stokes.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a good contest. Johannesburg will be lovely for stroke-playing, but the quicks will get it through. They have to pitch it up. Spinners usually don't win matches there, it's the seamers."

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  48. Close of play - match drawn

    There you go, the inevitable has happened. The players are shaking hands in the drizzle. This second Test is drawn, meaning England lead the series 1-0 with two matches to play.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The catching is the worst aspect for England. They perhaps just need to treat this as a bad match for catching and hope to do better in the next Test. I don't think they can do much with their team, but the top order needs to be better."

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    Chris Morris

    "My player of the day is Chris Morris. He took a brilliant catch then bowled a beautiful delivery to get rid of Root."

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen Ali has had no warm-up batting, then he was batting in a difficult situation. I was glad that he didn't get out. The top order is the problem. Until numbers two and three are settled, until the top four are really good, we'll win one, then we'll lose one."

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    Harry Burch: I like to think that England have got some dodgy batting out of their system at a good time in this series. On to Johannesburg

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "We've had Robson and Lyth make hundreds and Hales may make a hundred too but he needs to show consistency with his defence and his shots. He needs to study the video and talk it through with someone so he can understand why he is in difficulty, why is footwork is not good enough."

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    I've heard a rumour (when I say heard a rumour, I mean I've read it on Twitter) that they are setting up the stage on the outfield. A sign that we're closer to the end.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Dale Steyn

    "South Africa have confidence now and England have a contest on their hands in Johannesburg, Hales looks extremely vulnerable outside off stump, he got caught on the crease and was eventually out. And Steyn could come back if he's fit and he's even better than Morkel."

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    Geoffrey says that England's collapse was disappointing, but I'd call it oddly familiar. From 600 and plenty declared to 116-6 is pretty much this England team in microcosm. Lots and lots of talent, but lacking in consistency.   

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There were near misses but they don't count in the end. It shows how momentum can turn around after Bavuma smacked the bowlers around and got the crowd on their feet. The cloud cover changed the situation and Morne Morkel bowled superbly and got the ball to move. But England's collapse was disappointing."

  58. Post update

    I've just been shown a live stream on Periscope of a puddle in the north east of England. The beauty of this stream is watching members of the public try to get across such a big body of water. It's strangely captivating. I think something similar would work for the covers in the middle of Newlands. I'd definitely watch a stream of the rain falling on the square.

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    Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott are going early on calling this Test off. They're already reviewing the match on Test Match Special.

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    Fourth umpire Shaun George

    Believe it or not, there's going to be an inspection at 15:00 GMT. What they are inspecting, I'm not sure. Either way, we're here for a little longer.

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    The umpires are in the England dressing room talking to Alastair Cook and Steven Finn. Well, they're talking to Cook. Finn is just there.

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    I've just flicked TMS on to hear Simon Hughes talking about the south of France. Confused doesn't come close. Still waiting on news from the middle.

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    Matt Noble: If the skippers get together is there any shame in being the first to suggest a draw, does it look cowardly or clever?

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    The two umpires are just heading out to the middle. If they've got dinner plans, we might get an early cut. 

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    Iken Canoe: Game of Thrones? More like a game of groans.

  67. Post update

    In theory, the umpires can wait for more than an hour to call this off, unless the skippers gets together.

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    Covers are brought onto the pitch

    It looks like there are more covers out on the square now. There's no chance of a result in this Test now, so we're simply filling time before the umpires are allowed to call it off.

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    Robert Fanner: Am I relieved that it's going to be a draw or disgusted we didn't win given all the chances? Think I'm regusted

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    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    Ben Stokes

    "Ben Stokes can change a match in 45 minutes. He's someone the opposition fear and if you can bat like he does, you're going to become a reluctant bowler. 

    "He's a good bowler, definitely a fourth seamer, but I wouldn't pick him as a third seamer because of the pressure it puts on you. It would take something away from his batting."

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    To mark your card, the third Test in Johannesburg begins a week on Thursday, the 14th. England might want to spend most the time working on their catching.

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    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This will be remembered as Ben Stokes' match. I don't think we'll ever see such sustained dominance again.

    "Even watching him today was exhilarating. The talent he has, the way he picks up length, the simple execution of his shots, it's exquisite and he can match bravado with delicate precision. 

    "He's got the lot, and to top it he's a really nice bloke. He's an absolute gem."

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    Too easy, Joseph. Miles too easy. Still, it's not like many people read this, eh?

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    Joseph Harmer: Game of Thrones you philistine.

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    I've just seen a montage of all of England's dropped catches in this match. It's like watching an advert for Fred Karno's Circus.

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    The scoreboard shows bad light has stopped play

    Michael Petchey: And Cook said "Let there be bad light". And Cook saw the bad light, that it was good. As it saved England's blushes  

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    I'm not familiar with the Lord of Light, Ben? Is that something to do with Lord of the Rings?

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    The wicket is covered by a green sheet, but that's the only thing shielding the square. There's drizzle in the air, but it's not really raining. Table Mountain has disappeared, swallowed by the pesky clouds.

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    Len Morrison: We may be hailing Bairstow and Moeen as heroes, but England threw away a winning position when we dominated. Much work ahead.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If England get a solid top four then I think they can go to number one in the world. Their lower middle order is as good as any in the world. Cook and Root are quality but there are question marks over the other opener and number three."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa have fought back well. Amla deserves a lot of credit for his innings, but you wonder what would have happened if England had held their chances."

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    Mike Bell: Cricket will die if two tweakers, bit of gloom, lights on,is deemed too dangerous. In an age of progress, do we age or progress?

  86. Scorecard reminder

    Bad light stops play

    England 159-6 - lead by 161

    Overs: 65 - minimum of 31 left

    Batsmen: Bairstow 30, Moeen 10

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Cook 8), 19-2 (Hales 5), 55-3 (Root 29), 85-4 (Compton 15), 115-5 (Stokes 26), 116-6 (Taylor 27)

    Bowling figures: Morkel 16-7-26-1, Rabada 13-2-57-1, Morris 12-4-24-1, Piedt 18-8-38-3, Elgar 6-2-10-0

    South Africa first innings: 627-7 declared (Amla 201, Bavuma 102*)

    England first innings: 629-6 declared (Stokes 258, Bairstow 150*)

    Full scorecard

  87. Post update

    The covers haven't been pulled on, but there's no sign of that light improving. We're on stand-by for this game being officially consigned to the history books.

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    Jonny Bairstow

    Rachel T: Jonny Bairstow is quietly cementing his place as an essential member of this team.

    Yas: Jonny Bairstow for BBC SPOTY 2016 - you heard it here first.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It feels as if that could be it, even if it isn't officially because the overs will start dropping quickly. England supporters are hailing Bairstow and Moeen as heroes. And the England dressing room looks like they think they've saved it, but it's not the end yet."

  90. Bad light stops play

    Eng 159-6

    The match umpires check for bad light

    Jonny Bairstow checked with the umpires as he walked off, presumably to see if the match was over. It isn't yet, but it's hard to see how or why we'd go back on. In fact, rain has just started to fall.

  91. Bad light stops play

    Eng 159-6

    The light has intervened and the players have been ordered off. I think Hashim Amla intimated that he was going to give the ball to Morne Morkel, so the umpires decided it was too dark. Deliberate ploy by Amla?

  92. Eng 159-6

    The umpires are getting together...

  93. Eng 159-6 (lead by 161)

    Dean Elgar

    We're breaking records for the speed an over can be bowled here. I reckon Dean Elgar might be able to get it down below one minute. Not great for the text commentator. It's still quite dark by the way.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If I was England, I'd have batted on to 700. They were so much in the ascendancy. It's not right or wrong, just my opinion."

  95. Eng 159-6 (32 overs left)

    Dane Piedt bowls

    If the two skippers feel that this game is done, they can shake hands when 15 overs remain. There's probably still an hour before that, unless the weather intervenes.Then again, the way these spinners are rattling through the overs, it might come a lot quicker. Piedt to Moeen. A maiden.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I scored every time I batted, I counted every single one of my runs. I didn't need the scorer. Quite often I disagreed with the scorer. One time I got 170, but they had me down as 140."

  97. Eng 159-6 (lead by 161)

    Jonny Bairstow could well get 200 unbeaten runs in this Test and not be man of the match. Still Elgar, who shrieks when the edge is taken. Apart from that, not a great deal is happening apart from the players going through the motions. Perhaps petering out.

  98. Eng 157-6 (Bairstow 28, Moeen 10)

    Let's say it is too dark to face fast bowling. If Cook declared now, then unleashed his pacers, would that be game over? Moeen is surrounded by four close catchers as Piedt comes round the wicket. Once more, the best beard in the match shows solid defence.

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  100. Eng 157-6 (35 overs left)

    It is Elgar, so the murky light prevents England from facing the beasties. You can see the wind has risen - it blows the whites of the players. Left-armer Elgar is round the wicket, skipping and firing the ball in back of a length. When he gives it some air, Bairstow gets a thick edge past slip for a couple. England tick another one off.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought they'd go with Morne Morkel first but this is a sign that South Africa seem to be thinking the chance has gone now."

  102. Eng 155-6 (lead by 157)

    I think the spinner Piedt is only bowling because of the light. If a pace bowler was on the umpires might start getting twitchy. Maybe Dean Elgar at the other end? Piedt finds some turn, but also the wide blade of Moeen's defensive stroke. There are 36 overs left in the day. 

  103. Eng 155-6

    It is still very gloomy in Cape Town, mind. How long might the weather hold for? Dane Piedt to Moeen Ali.

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    Hello, the covers have been removed. The umpires are out, the South Africa fielders are out and the England team have been dragged from the dressing room. Still work to do for the tourists.

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  106. It's raining

    Thanks Phil. I arrive with the news of rain. The sort of rain that causes the covers to be brought on. It seems likely that the post-tea resumption will be delayed.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a good day for Test cricket. The only way I can see South Africa winning it is if they take these four wickets in five or six overs. They'd need 25 overs to chase 190 or so."

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    Jonathan Agnew has just reported on TMS that it is still drizzling slightly, so there is a small chance we may not resume promptly after tea. We'll keep you updated on that.

    In the meantime, I'm off now so will leave you in the capable hands of Mr Stephan Shemilt for the final session of the Test. Goodbye you.

  109. Post update

    BBC Test Match Special

    We are pleased to tell you that every ball of England women's tour to South Africa will be broadcast on the BBC. Charlotte Edwards' team will play three ODIs and three T20s, with the first match on 7 February.

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  111. 'It gives me hope'

    Former South Africa bowler Makhaya Ntini is speaking now on Test Match Special. He has had this to say about Temba Bavuma - who became the first black African to score a century for South Africa yesterday.

    "It gives me hope that there will be a change. We are struggling to break through. We always have to be more than anyone else regarding performance."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think this partnership has just done enough, but it's not completely safe yet. South Africa have bowled very well."

  113. Tea scorecard

    England lead by 157 runs

    England 155-6 after 59 overs (minimum 37 overs left)

    Batsmen: Bairstow 26, Moeen 10

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Cook 8), 19-2 (Hales 5), 55-3 (Root 29), 85-4 (Compton 15), 115-5 (Stokes 26), 116-6 (Taylor 27)

    Bowling figures: Morkel 16-7-26-1, Rabada 13-2-57-1, Morris 12-4-24-1, Piedt 15-5-38-3, Elgar 3-1-6-0

    South Africa first innings: 627-7 declared (Amla 201, Bavuma 102*)

    England first innings: 629-6 declared (Stokes 258, Bairstow 150*)

    Full scorecard

  114. Eng 155-6 (Moeen 10, Bairstow 26)

    Elgar varies his pace to Bairstow, firing in a quicker one or two, but the Yorkshire player is wise to him. He sees off another over - a maiden - before turning and marching back to the tent. Job done for now. We go again after tea.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Alex Hales

    "I hope the England players have a look in the mirror after this match. I felt there was complacency this morning. They thought there was nothing in the pitch but there was some cloud cover and we saw some reverse swing, but their mentality wasn't right. It's harder to bat today but they shouldn't be six wickets down on here."

  116. Eng 155-6 (Minimum 38 overs remaining)

    Morne Morkel

    There is the first sense now that South Africa's hopes of a win are starting to diminish. They were bouncing around the field 10 overs ago but the volume has dipped as Moeen and Bairstow have grown in assurance. Morkel isn;t nipping it around like he was either and Moeen milks him for another couple of runs with a clip through midwicket.

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  118. Eng 153-6

    Hashim Amla sticks with Dean Elgar but he produces no further scares as Bairstow adds two more to increase England's lead to 155. Effectively, with tea looming, we've got 37 overs left today. Not over by a long shot, but this partnership are giving England a good chance.

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  120. Eng 151-6 (Bairstow 24, Moeen 8)

    A camera down on the boundary boldly showcases a single drop of rain - the first of a few. It's spitting! It's spitting! What we need are some 1980s dinner ladies out there. They'd have everybody in. No time to think about that, though. Morkel is back. He jags one back into Moeen, drawing a half-hearted lbw shout, but it was definitely sliding down. Other than that, Moeen copes well. 

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was quite clear to me but it seems to take ages for the third umpire. That should give Bairstow a little reminder that there's no need for big drives. Bat out another 15 overs and England will be fine. I think Bairstow thought he had gone the way he reacted."

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    James Jackson: Aaaaaaaand breathe England fans.

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    Pete: Your Kabbadi reference may be lost on younger fans but I like to think Bairstow scampers each run chanting 'Kabbadi...Kabbadi..'

    Ben Clarke: Is it me, or does Jonny Bairstow look a bit like the WWE's Undertaker under that helmet?

  124. Eng 151-6 (Minimum 41 overs remaining)

    Jonny Bairstow

    Having survived that attempted stumping, Bairstow revels in his continued presence at the crease by rocking back and smashing a cut to the cover boundary for four. Table mountain is now completely cloaked in cloud. The lights have been on for a while.

  125. Bairstow survives

    Jonny Bairstow

    Phew. England breath again. Bairstow is saved by the length of a toenail. The England man took his helmet off and looked very worried but after watching numerous replays and taking an agonising age, the video umpire deems safe. Paul Farbrace hammers his hands together in utter relief in the dressing room. Sit down, Broady. You're not needed. Yet.

  126. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's very difficult to give. You have to give the batsman the benefit."

  127. Umpire review

    Jonny Bairstow survives and attempted stumping

    Big moment! Is this a stumping? Elgar comes into the attack and beats a drive from Bairstow before the bails are whipped off. The home side think they have their man...

  128. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think South Africa have missed a trick here. As soon as Moeen Ali arrived, the skipper should have asked Morne Morkel for three overs. He's getting loose now."

  129. Eng 147-6 (Minimum 42 overs remaining)

    Jonny Bairstow

    Encouragingly for England, they are not just defending everything here. These two know they need to keep the scoreboard ticking. Such is Bairstow's urge to milk every run he can he slips at the striker's end after driving through cover in search of a third, drops his bat and has to "tag" in like a desperate Kabaddi player following a raid. The Yorkshire player adds three more off the last ball of Morris' over.

  130. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I think South Africa would try to chase 180 in 20 overs, temporarily. Stiaan van Zyl is a dead man walking, so he can go out and enjoy himself. Quinton de Kock opens in limited-overs cricket. AB de Villiers is a genius and Faf du Plessis is the T20 captain."

  131. Eng 142-6

    Moeen Ali

    Like Ant-man, Bavuma can get into places others fail to reach. He is as close as you can possibly get on the off side as Piedt continues to maintain the pressure on Moeen. I'm sure he'll be offering a few "encouraging" words to the England pair too. Another maiden. Another over gone.

  132. Latest scorecard

    England lead by 144

    England 142-6 after 52 overs

    Batsmen: Bairstow 15, Moeen 8

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Cook 8), 19-2 (Hales 5), 55-3 (Root 29), 85-4 (Compton 15), 115-5 (Stokes 26), 116-6 (Taylor 27)

    Bowling figures: Morkel 14-6-24-1, Rabada 13-2-57-1, Morris 11-4-19-1, Piedt 14-4-38-3

    South Africa first innings: 627-7 declared (Amla 201, Bavuma 102*)

    England first innings: 629-6 declared (Stokes 258, Bairstow 150*)

    Full scorecard

  133. Eng 142-6 (Minimum 44 overs remaining)

    More Chris Morris. He veers off line badly, flicks Bairstow's pad and beats the keeper down the leg side to gift England four leg byes before allowing enough room outside off for the same man to cut for four more. Vital runs.

  134. Post update

  135. Eng 134-6

    What's this? A huge dark cloud and the floodlights coming on. Hmmm. England can't rely on that, though. They don't deserve to be saved by weather. Piedt continues with fielders all around the bat. Bairstow capitalises on a full one to drive through cover for three, before Moeen adds two more to take the lead to 136.

  136. Post update

  137. Eng 129-6 (Bairstow 8, Moeen 6)

    Chris Morris returns. No Day Today references now. This is too tense. Ali takes him for two and the batsman survive but that is not the main news. The main news is a man sleeping in the stands who is being thoroughly mocked by the rest of the crowd, including a fella who dances behind him with his shirt off. When all else goes to pot, take the mickey.

  138. Eng 127-6 (Minimum 47 overs remaining)

    Jonny Bairstow

    Bairstow came into this innings having scored 79 and 150 not out, so he's in form. But he likes freedom and that is one thing he most certainly does not have in this innings. He shows the requisite discipline to see off another Piedt over. That is three maidens on the bounce. Tick em off. One by one.

  139. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "England began the day batting with a lead and having lost no wickets. Only one team has lost a Test match from the same position. That was Port-of-Spain in 1968 when Garry Sobers made a silly declaration and England beat West Indies."

  140. Eng 127-6 (Bairstow 8, Moeen 4)

    Moeen Ali plays a shot

    These are the circumstances when having a man of Moeen's quality at eight can be a true blessing. Saying that, even a class act can lose his discipline in these circumstances. Rabada draws a lose stroke from the bearded one with a ball outside off that he sends aerially for an uncomfortably long period of time before it drops just short of point. Hearts. Mouths.

  141. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's this weakness, this fault they have in the team. They win some matches, but make a rod for their own backs with batting collapses. There's a fault in the upper batting. There's no solidarity."

  142. Eng 127-6

    You know England are in trouble when the Chuckle Brothers are wheeled out. It's fair to say that none of us are laughing. Bairstow repels another six from Piedt.