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James Gheerbrant and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Well, that's it. This final Test is very finely poised but South Africa will feel they just about have their noses in front. England, however, will be very confident of making inroads with the new ball in the morning and putting themselves in a winning position. Join us tomorrow to see how it pans out. Until then, goodbye.

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  3. Who is on top?

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Very definitely South Africa. England's bowling was flat - woeful - this morning and not that much better this afternoon. South Africa made hay bit in the evening."

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When the new ball was taken I am afraid whatever we tried we were just too short.

    "Bavuma looked fantastic - he hits his off drives crisply - and we bowled too short at De Kock. They got 46 off the 10 with new ball so they finished the day in South Africa’s favour."

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    Greg Russell: Whilst SA team may not be a classic it's not a shocker. De Villiers, Amla, Morkel surely all considered greats. Great series win.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "De Villiers is the best in the world but when you first get in got to play yourself in. If you can bowl it in that channel you get people out. Broad got him fiddling outside off stump but we didn’t bowl it there often enough."

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    Ian Shepherd: Honours even so far. England have responded well.. Need 2 knock em over for 400 or less.

  8. 'Gorgeous' Cook

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "His footwork was immaculate, absolutely gorgeous. He got right back and what you have to with the short ball is get high and keep it down.

    "His shots were nice touch shots. He just played nice cricket and I thought,  'Wow, where has he been?' They have airy fairy opening batsmen in but where has he been? For 90 runs he looked an excellent opening batsmen."

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    Ian Bradley: Evidence mounting, England have an Anderson shaped hole to fill before the next Ashes series.

    Ian Joyce: Why we haven't given others a game is beyond me.

  10. 'Woakes is a fill-in bowler'

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Woakes does his best but there's a bit missing - he's steady, has got a nice action and moves the ball a little bit. But as a batsman there's nothing to worry about - he's a fill-in. There's a little nip missing to make him a really good Test bowler."

  11. Player reaction

    England batsman Joe Root on Sky Sports: "We weren't quite at our absolute best, but I thought the way we applied ourselves in the last two hours was a great effort. I wouldn't say we lacked intensity, but sometimes you can have a bad day. 

    "South Africa played well, but when you get behind the game, the important thing is how you react and we reacted well. James Taylor is a freak and if he keeps taking them like that he'll get a reputation as the best in the world."

  12. 'Ordinary' Anderson

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Jimmy Anderson looked very ordinary. He had no pace, no nip. I don’t think he needs a break; he needs lots of bowling. He looks so rusty and unfortunately he gave that impression with body language."

  13. Player reaction

    Stephen Cook celebrates reaching 100 runs

    Stephen Cook, who made 115 on his South Africa debut, on Sky Sports: "I didn't feel too much different this morning - I was relatively calm. I'm a fairly level-headed guy. But there was an extra twinkle."

    "There were a couple of nervous moments in the 90s. There was a referral on 98 - I have never been so nervous in my life. I though, 'I've waited for so long to be here, but if I had to wait for another hour so, I'll do that'."

    On his century: "There wasn't a lot going through my mind. I was really happy to go and make three figures - to finally cross over."

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England looked out of the game at tea but they came out after and started to pressurise both batsmen with off-side fields, bowling wider and wider. Stokes and Broad bowled particularly well and make it very difficult for them to score.

    "Amla got out through the short stuff. He didn't get right forward to Stokes and he nicked it on to his stumps. Stokes made something happen when they were in difficulty.

    "The lad played really well for 90 runs - he looked an excellent opening batsman. The nervous nineties got to him."

  15. Father reaction

    Former South Africa batsman Jimmy Cook, father of Stephen Cook, on Sky Sports: "I couldn't be prouder, he's put in so much dedication and hard work. I was due to go to Dubai but my younger son cancelled my ticket. 

    "He's stuck to the way he plays and I was pleased to see him go up a level and do well. He couldn't have asked for a better partner than Hashim. I always encouraged to keep persevering. 

    "I always encouraged him to play overseas but he wanted to stay and play for South Africa. I thought it might never happen for him but he never gave up hope."

  16. Day one summary

    So, a see-sawing first day but South Africa will feel they just about have their noses in front having won the toss and chosen to bat.

    The hosts were dominant in the first two sessions, with debutant Stephen Cook and Hashim Amla both posting superb hundreds.

    England's bowling was lacklustre, and their fielding was mixed - with James Taylor taking a blinder at short leg to dismiss Dean Elgar but Cook and Amla both missed at slip.

    But the tourists fought back in the evening session to reduce South Africa from 237-1 to 273-5, with Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali taking a wicket apiece before De Kock and Bavuma's late cameo.

  17. Get Involved


    Ian Bradley: Evidence mounting, England have an Anderson shaped hole to fill before the next Ashes series.

  18. Close-of-play scorecard

    South Africa 329-5 (90 overs)

    Batsmen: Bavuma 32* (53), De Kock 25* (31)

    S Cook 115 (218 balls), Amla 109 (169)

    Fall of wickets: 35-1 (Elgar 20), 237-2 (Amla 109), 328-3 (De Villiers 0), 271-4 (S Cook 115), 273-5 (Duminy 16)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 21-4-70-0, Broad 18-1-65-1, Moeen 17-4-53-2, Woakes 16-2-74-1, Stokes 18-2-57-1

    South Africa won toss

    Full scorecard

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "A pretty hard day out there for England. Not quite a day of two halves, but for two thirds of the day I thought England were below par."

  20. Close of play - SA 329-5

    Ben Stokes is given the ball for the last over of the day. But it's South Africa who are finishing this topsy-turvy day with their hand on the tiller, and Bavuma has the final word by square-driving for four. That's stumps.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It has been a really enjoyable day's cricket. It is always nice when someone comes in and does well in their first Test."

  22. SA 323-5

    Bavuma knocks a single and that brings up a rapido 50 partnership between these two. Just when England seemed to have the momentum, these two young thrusters have pinched it.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That’s an exquisite shot, he really does play that well. There was a bit of Tendulkar about that."

  24. SA 322-5 (Broad 18-1-65-1)

    Bavuma keeps the momentum flowing South Africa's way with a brace of fours. The first is brutal, crunched down the ground; the second is pure eye candy: getting his foot to the pitch of the ball and unfurling a velvety drive through the covers. So good-looking you could pin it to a teenager's bedroom wall.

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    Greg: With the new ball in their hands our bowlers have lost their heads. Poor bowling.

  26. SA 313-5 (Bavuma 16, De Kock 25)

    De Kock puts the hammer down! The cherubic stroke-maker is getting his ODI groove on. He takes Jimmy Anderson for a trio of fours: punching down the ground, slashing off the back foot and then clobbering a pull over midwicket. This partnership, in no time at all, has accumulated 40.

  27. Chigumbura resigns as Zimbabwe captain

    Elton Chigumbura

    News from elsewhere in the cricket world: Elton Chigumbura has stepped down as Zimbabwe captain in all forms of the game.

    The 29-year-old all-rounder has captained Zimbabwe in 62 of his 196 ODIs and 18 of his 41 Twenty20s.

    Although he has been Test captain since Brendon Taylor quit internationals after the 2015 World Cup, he has not led the side because Zimbabwe have not played a Test since November 2014.

    Chigumbura said: "I still believe I have more years of playing in me and of winning games for the team."

  28. SA 299-5

    De Kock clips Broad into the leg side for a single. Meanwhile, up on the balcony, Jimmy Cook - father of Stephen - has cracked open the bubbly. 

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need another wicket to make it a comparable day. They gave them a 100-plus start before they have clawed it back a bit."

  30. SA 297-5 (Anderson 20-4-56-0)

    Bavuma pokes through backward square for a couple. The floodlights are on...

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  32. SA 295-5 (Bavuma 14, De Kock 10)

    What do you reckon - are we having that from De Kock? How do you hurt yourself walking the dog exactly? It sounds like one of those excuses you'd make your mum write in a note if you wanted to get out of games. Has anyone from Cricket SA checked what he was up to during the third Test? He's back now though, and announcing himself to Stuart Broad with a crunching pull through the leg side for four.

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    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "Anything under 400 will be a massive disappointment to South Africa. After lunch, England would have said if we could bowl them out for under 400 then we have done a fantastic job."

  34. SA 291-5

    Quinton de Kock, you may recall, missed the last Test with one of the more bizarre excuses in cricket history - he apparently hurt himself walking the dog. It's just as well Dane Vilas didn't make a hundred in his absence - he might have stubbed his toe kicking the poor mutt. De Kock defends to mid-on for a single.

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    Charlie Latto: In the space of a day we've gone from being a great team, to having an awful bowling attack, back to being pretty good again.

  36. SA 290-5 (Broad 15-1-50-1)

    Whoah there, some absolutely prodigious movement from Stuart Broad, wide and De Kock can't resist a dart - he's lucky not to snick as it curves into the hands of first slip. The average first innings total at Centurion, I'm told, is 350, which makes this pretty much a par effort by South Africa so far. Mind you, there's work to do yet to get up to that total. 

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    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is a big moment for England. If they can nick a couple here, and get them seven down, they can go to bed thinking, 'we can have a big lead here'."

  38. New ball taken

    SA 287-5

    Yes, unsurprisingly, the new ball is taken straight away, and entrusted to the craftsmanship of Jimmy Anderson. Plenty of shape for the Lancashire seamer early doors, but Bavuma responds with some geometry of his own, pinging a four straight through point.

  39. Taylor's Australian adventure

    Sarah Taylor in action for Northern Districts

    England's Sarah Taylor says her game will improve enormously from her experience of playing men's cricket in Australia.

    The wicketkeeper-batter made history in October by becoming the first woman to play Australian first-grade cricket, appearing in two matches for Adelaide's Northern Districts under the captaincy of Australia batsman Mark Cosgrove.

    Taylor told BBC Sport: "It was intense, probably one of the best experiences of my life.

    "The guys were absolutely brilliant. It was the hardest thing I've done on a cricket field, but equally as rewarding."

    Story update

    England's Sarah Taylor believes her own game will improve enormously from her experience of playing men's cricket in Australia.

    Read more
  40. SA 283-5 (Bavuma 9, De Kock 3)

    Moeen with what you'd imagine will be the final over with the old ball. The new cherry rests, primed like a red leather grenade, in the hands of the fourth umpire. De Kock works a couple off his hips.

  41. Get Involved


    Tom Littlewood: The pendulum is swinging now, all out for 340 would be fantastic for England.

    Luke Swales: We need this lot 6 down by close to have any chance of a win.

    Jay: SA doing a decent job of trying to emulate India's dramatic collapse from a few days back.

  42. SA 281-5

    Glorious from Bavuma - yet another four-ball in a very ordinary day from Woakes and it gets the treatment, carved through backward point for four.

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    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This game has taken a sea change since the interval."

  44. SA 275-5 (Moeen 15-4-49-2)

    So, Quinton de Kock comes to the party. He's immediately off the mark, but make no mistake, England have fought their way back to parity in this match, especially with four genuine tail-enders to come. Has that leaky outfield proved a bit of a turning point?

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Oh dear. It’s a short ball, it may have scuttled a little low. It looked plump from here. Duminy will be devastated."

  46. WICKET

    Duminy lbw Moeen 16 (SA 273-5)

    Moeen Ali celebrates

    Oh JP, what have you done son? Horrible, horrible moment for the newly recalled batsman, desperate to finally stamp his place in this side, as he aims a wild pull at a Moeen delivery that keeps low and hits him right in front of the stumps. The umpire's finger goes up, and this is suddenly looking like an even day.

  47. SA 273-4 (Duminy 16, Bavuma 2)

    Bavuma gets off the mark with a drive into a gap for two. A bit of a mix-up with the running almost gets him in trouble, but he's OK.

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    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have pulled themselves right back into this game. They have managed to bring the run rate down and have picked up three wickets."

  49. SA 271-4

    A good, tight over from Moeen keeps the pressure on South Africa.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "From that first ball, when he got a leg stump half volley from Jimmy Anderson, Cook just looked like he knew his game."

  51. SA 271-4

    Temba Bavuma is the new man and all of a sudden England are right in this Test match. New ball, De Kock the next man, one wicket away from the tail after that.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It doesn't matter how you get them but somehow, from the middle of nowhere, Woakes has a wicket without anything special."  

  54. WICKET

    Cook b Woakes 115 (SA 271-4)

    Chris Woakes of England celebrates

    Gone! Stephen Cook's brilliant innings is finally over, Woakes offering a tempter outside off and the opener has a flash and gets an inside edge onto the timbers. He looks absolutely gutted for a man who has just made a hundred on Test debut - a sign of a man with serious appetite for big runs. Big wicket for Woakes, who has bowled poorly today but will be geed by that scalp.

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  56. SA 269-3

    Another freebie from Moeen - dragged down and begging to be hit. Duminy - who has been given a bit of a jump start by England - obliges by pasting it through midwicket.

  57. BBC Archive: Apartheid and sporting boycotts

    BBC Archive: Apartheid and sporting boycotts

    Apartheid in South Africa was one of the most contentious issues of the 20th century. 

    So when South Africa-born Basil D'Oliveira - banned from playing for the Proteas because of the colour of his skin - was named in England's squad to tour his native country in 1968, cricket crossed the sporting boundary into the political sphere.

    England's tour to South Africa was cancelled as the ruling National Party refused to accept D'Oliveira's presence in the England squad.

    The incident culminated in a ban on sporting ties with South Africa that would last for years.

    Click here to watch how it unfolded

  58. SA 264-3 (Anderson 17-4-49-0)

    Streaky from Cook, outside-edged past Joe Root at gully for four. Anderson has got the double-teapot on, but he has only himself to blame for the next boundary, on Duminy's pads and flicked away for four.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That was absolutely horrendous - a horrible waist-high full toss. It just slipped out of Moeen’s hand."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Duminy has got a real problem against off-spin."

  61. SA 255-3 (Cook 107, Duminy 8)

    Change-up after drinks - Moeen Ali to bowl to some off-spin, and his first ball is an absolute doozy: bit of drift in, and sharp turn past the outside edge of Duminy. Still, as seasoned observers of Moeen will know, as sure as night follows day, a bad ball will follow his good one. Sure enough, a rank beamer slips out of the hand and is dispatched to the boundary by Duminy.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The pitch might get a bit quicker tomorrow. That is why South Africa have to make it count - they need to get 400 on here."

  63. Drinks break

    SA 251-3

    Is it just me, or when commentators talk about bowlers 'slipping themselves', does anyone else think they've done themselves an injury? Sounds painful to me. Anyway, Anderson sends down a maiden to Cook, and it's time for drinks.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Stephen Cook

    "South Africa have got to be positive and make sure the scoreboard keeps ticking on. If you add two wickets to the score now, it is a good turnaround from where it was."

  65. SA 251-3

    Duminy - who is coming off an unbeaten 260 in South African first-class cricket - gets off the mark with a bash through the covers for four.

  66. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "They have just bowled better areas in the session. They have been more consistent and they have bowled into the surface. Broad has been the stand-out."

  67. SA 247-3

    Cook blocks out a maiden to Anderson.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    Stephen Cook

    "Cook has looked the part today, he really has."

  69. SA 247-3 (Cook 107, Duminy 0)

    It would be fair to say that getting a debut hundred isn't exactly a guarantee of future success. Adrian Barath, Hamish Rutherford and Stiaan van Zyl are some of the less illustrious recent names on the list. But Cook really has looked the real deal. He punches one through the covers, Duminy remains stuck on nought.

  70. Get Involved


    Karl Reynolds: Surely I'm not the only one that noticed it's a century of debut century makers and it's come at Centurion?

    Good spot Karl!

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  72. SA 246-3

    Cook, now loosened up, flays a four through midwicket on the pull. Meanwhile, up the other end, the new man is JP Duminy, who is back in the side after being dropped mid-series and then making a double ton for his franchise side. He blocks out his first two balls.

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  75. SA 241-3

    So, Stephen Cook becomes the 100th man to score a hundred on Test debut, and the fourth-oldest. Brilliant achievement. Could he enjoy a Chris Rogers-style Indian summer in the Test side? We shall see.

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    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    "A tremendous effort. The pressure that was on him at the end. Well, well, well what can you say? Well Done Stephen Cook."

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was splendid. He played beautifully up to 90 then it was agonising. It just shows that so much of the game is in the head."

  79. 100 for Cook

    SA 240-3

    Stephen Cook celebrates

    He's done it! What a great moment for Stephen Cook, an hour in the 90s but finally the 33-year-old who thought his chance would never come gets one on his pads and glances it into the leg side for two. The boyhood dream is finally realised.

    Lovely scenes in the stands as three generations of the Cook family - father Jimmy, and Stephen's wife and daughter - join in the rapturous applause. Well played sir.

  80. SA 238-3

    Oooh, he's just got away with it. The Yorkshire Oracle was right, umpire's call on leg stump. Jimmy Cook is twirling that moustache with the tension of it all...

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think it's going to be hitting part of the stump. He'll get away with it."

  82. Umpire review

    Has Stokes got another one? Big appeal for LBW against Cook, turned down on the field, but England want another look...

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    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    AB de Villiers of South Africa walks

    "AB de Villiers is walking off briskly like someone who knows he has got to walk the plank."

  84. WICKET

    De Villiers c Root b Broad 0 (SA 238-3)

    Stuart Broad celebrates

    And another! Get one, get two, they always say, and that maxim holds true for England. Bouncy outside off stump from Broad, AB can't resist a fidget at it, and he ends up fending a sharp catch to a flying Joe Root at second slip. England back in the game!

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    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    "What a formidable achievement from a really great batsman."

  86. SA 237-2

    Hashim Amla

    Still, it was an absolutely superb innings from Amla - full of his trademark gossamer-wristed cover drives. He is now the leading run-scorer in this series, just ahead of the man who dismissed him. AB de Villiers the new man.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Hashim Amla is bowled out

    "Stokes earned that wicket. He bowled sharp and a lot of short balls at both batsmen. They have had to stay back and not push forward. That was a good length; he has not got out of the crease."

  88. WICKET

    Amla b Stokes 109 (SA 237-2)

    Ben Stokes celebrates

    What do we always say about Ben Stokes? He makes things happen. Case in point here: England looking flat as a pancake, and suddenly the strawberry-blond talisman breaks through with a good delivery which clatters the stumps via Hashim Amla's inside edge. Breakthrough.

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  90. Get involved


    Francis Edwards: Big weakness for England, cannot bowl when it's not swinging and cannot bowl on spinning pitches. Major concern for future.

  91. SA 236-1 (Cook 96, Amla 109)

    Hashim Amla in action

    Hashim Amla is flowing like a burst water main at the moment. He's in full torrent. Stuart Broad serves one up outside off stump and he flays it through the covers for a four that brings up the 200 partnership. What a superb stand it's been from these two.

  92. SA 232-1

    Right, the Bridezilla. So I was having lunch and the woman sitting at the table next to me was obviously on some sort of pre-wedding reconnaissance outing with a couple of friends. 

    "I never thought I'd be one of those nightmare brides," she said. 

    "But ultimately, this is a project and I'm the co-ordinator. Someone's got to make sure stuff gets done."  Except she didn't say stuff.

    Test cricket: apparently not the only activity that demands all-white dress and military precision.

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    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Umpires send everything upstairs these days. That is the one problem with the DRS system."

  94. SA 232-1

    He's fine. He moves on to 96.

  95. Umpire review

    James Taylor appeals

    We've got a run-out review here, but I'm pretty sure Stephen Cook is home comfortably.

  96. Post update

    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "They are making him work pretty hard but he is a patient guy. He knows his game well, he will be prepared to wait a long time for his first Test hundred."

  97. SA 228-1 (Broad 11-1-37-0)

    Cook, inching his way towards the target, retains the strike with a dropped single into the leg side. You'd imagine he'll be thinking of getting there in ones at the moment. But who knows? After all, this is the universe where Nick Compton got out trying to win a match with a six. All things are possible.

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    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "This could be an interesting session. South Africa at the moment are in a dominant position. The rate is just over four an over. Maybe there is an opportunity for these two to press on a bit."

  99. Nervous 90s

  100. SA 225-1 (Cook 92, Amla 102)

    Oooh, heart-in-mouth moment for Stephen Cook. He pokes to cover and sets off for a very sharp single. Broad whizzes a throw past the timbers and Cook's rueful smile tells you he was well short if that had hit.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    Stuart Broad

    "Broad is looking like he is having a long day already. His knees are not really kicking up at the moment."

  102. SA 224-1

    So, Stuart Broad gets us going after tea. Immediately he draws the edge of Amla but the ball drops agonisingly short of Cook at first slip. "Oh you're joking," says Broad in disgust. Deadly serious I'm afraid Stu.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I am not sure who spotted it in the first place because it is not like a geyser - it was just bubbling up to the surface."

  104. Get Involved


    Paul: Play suspended due a burst pipe at the cricket. Water catastrophe...

  105. Post update

    I'm sorry, that is the most ridiculous solution I've ever seen. They've basically dumped a sandpit on the problem area at square leg and hoped no-one will notice. Anyway, we're going to resume...

  106. Post update

    Dare I say I haven't seen a section of cricket pitch this well irrigated since England's post-Ashes celebrations at the Oval in 2013...

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "People are looking on bemused there is no announcement anywhere. This is where cricket lets down the viewer."

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    Well well, what an extraordinary turn of events. I've not seen water that colour since my hotel bathroom flooded on a particularly ill-fated holiday. I do hope they threw those towels away...

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "An irrigation pipe has burst. There's various men out there in big boots out there. What a shame Andy Caddick isn't playing, he could turn his hand to anything. We need a plumber."

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    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a strange one. We badly need water in this country, yet we've got water on the field."

  113. Burst pipe alert

    Disappointingly, we don't have a specialist graphic for this. But yes, incredibly, it appears that some sort of pipe has burst beneath the playing surface and brownish water is now oozing onto the outfield. 

    And the players are now going back off! Scenes. What a way for Stephen Cook's march to a debut Test century to be halted...

  114. Post update

    Thanks Stephan. I'm not getting married, I hasten to add. Just a little anecdote for you. But before that...

  115. Post update

    James Gheerbrant's pre-evening session sprint to the chair beside me is becoming something of a live text tradition. He's here to talk you through the rest of the day, possibly with some chat of a Bridezilla. Enjoy.

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  117. Get Involved


    Jonathan Shields: Woakes and Co cafeteria now open.....please help yourselves...

  118. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Hashim Amla celebrates his 100 with Stephen Cook

    "England have given them a 220-run lead. Can they fight back and win? If they can't win, can they fight back to draw like South Africa did at Cape Town? There's a lot to play for some of these players."

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  120. Tea scorecard

    South Africa 224-1 (58 overs)

    Batsmen: Amla 102*, S Cook 91*

    Fall of wickets: 35-1 (Elgar 20)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 14-2-40-0, Broad 9-0-34-0, Moeen 11-3-38-1, Woakes 13-2-65-0, Stokes 11-2-37-0

    South Africa won toss

    Full scorecard

  121. Post update

    BBC Test Match Special

    To remind you, Test Match Special will be talking to Ian Bell during the tea break. Bell was appointed Warwickshire captain yesterday, but he insists he still wants to return to the England team. Have a listen.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England tried to bowl the golden ball all morning instead of bowling with patience. There have been dropped chances and a few fumbles in the field..."

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Another session won emphatically by South Africa."

  124. Tea - SA 224-1

    That's the break. Ben Stokes pounds the whole of the last over into the deck, with Amla happy to get out of the way. At tea, South Africa are bossing proceedings. England have been pretty woeful.

  125. Get Involved


    Richard J Law: The England bowlers are bowling at SA almost like the result of this match doesn't matter. Oh wait...

  126. SA 223-1

    A slight victory for England - South Africa's run-rate has dipped below four an over. A touch of spin before the break, with Moeen accurate enough to probably prevent Cook from reaching three figures before tea. Maybe only one over before the players head for a brew and a biscuit.

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  128. SA 221-1 (Stokes 10-1-36-0)

    I didn't spot it myself, but I'm told that James Anderson has been warned for running on the pitch. He was taken out of the attack for just that offence in Johannesburg. Ben Stokes comes on for Anderson, now with just one slip in place. A few bumpers, Amla ducking and swaying to get out of the way.

  129. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "It's Amla's fourth-quickest hundred, his fifth at Centurion and his sixth against England."

  130. SA 221-1 (Amla 101, Cook 89)

    Stephen Cook plays a shot

    Just remember, though, Hashim Amla was dropped on five. England's bowling has been pretty poor, but how much of a boost might that wicket have given them? The same goes for the life given to Stephen Cook. Speaking of Cook, attention now turns to his hunt for a ton on debut. Will he get there before tea? There's about 10 minutes before the break.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Amla has batted so fluently. It's been a controlled innings, yet aggressive."

  132. 100 for Hashim Amla

    SA 221-1

    Hashim Amla raises hit bat after reaching his 100

    What a fantastic innings from Hashim Amla, who has been released from the shackles of the captaincy and is batting beautifully. A feature has been the cover drives - wonderful stroke after wonderful stroke. So easy on the eye. He brings up a 25th Test ton with a single to mid-on, giving Centurion the excuse to erupt.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Stuart Broad of England

    "The bowling has been very very average. Only one spell by Stuart Broad has been any good."

  134. SA 218-1 (Amla 99, Cook 88)

    As the Barmies sing, England are just about managing to string together a couple of quiet overs. Hang on, I spoke too soon. Too short from Woakes, Stephen Cook on it in a flash to pull through mid-on for four. Alastair Cook once again puts his head in hands. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that we could be witnessing the end of Chris Woakes' Test career here.    

  135. Get Involved


    Bhavin Shah: Broad gets the plaudits for Jo'burg but you can see that England really miss Finn. Need that hit the deck express bowler.

    Ellis: Shame no Footitt, variety in the attack very important in shorter formats, soon Tests? England caught behind a trend again?

  136. SA 213-1

    Amla is made to wait. Or rather, he chooses to wait as he's not drawn into the Anderson game of cat and mouse. A maiden.

  137. SA 213-1

    Real test of wills here. Amla on 99, Anderson bowling so far outside off stump that he'd need a broom to reach it. Three leaves.