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Live Reporting

Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    And that's that. England's Test winter is almost done. Tomorrow is their final day. Will it end on a sour note? Join us to find out.

  2. Post update

    But will AB be the one smiling tomorrow night? Unless the South African skies open, the smart money suggests that he will be.

  3. Post update

    England bowler James Anderson, speaking to Sky Sports, on removing AB de Villiers, who suggested Anderson had lost pace: "We don't need any extra motivation, but it was mentioned when he got a pair today. It is one of those things. You have to be careful what you say in the media, because it can bite you on the backside."

  4. Post update

    Just one thought. England did survive by the skin of their teeth on this ground in 2009-10. Is it too late to send for Graham Onions?

  5. Post update

    England bowler Jimmy Anderson, speaking to Sky Sports: "I felt like I've bowled alright throughout the series, but not quite had the rewards I could have had." 

    On Stuart Broad topping the ICC Test bowling rankings: "He's been brilliant for years now, and I'm really enjoying our partnership. For him to get to number one is a fantastic achievement. A lot of hard work is starting to pay off."  

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    Gary Ballance

    Andy Clarke: Just saying, but Gary Ballance has still got more Test 100s than our whole top 7 here minus Cook & Root. Oh and a 46+ Test ave.

  7. Post update

    England bowler Jimmy Anderson, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was good conditions to bowl. We knew there was a bit of variable bounce and tried to bowl as straight as we could. After three early wickets we thought we were in a good position but couldn't capitalise on that."

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    Canojuice: Lest we forget the series is won.

    Justin in Brighton:  I think some people have forgotten that we have won a series in South Africa. Lot's of fickle fans about today. Get behind the lads, plenty of batting (and rain) to come!

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    James Anderson

    England bowler Jimmy Anderson, speaking to Sky Sports: "We’re going to try and look at things positively. The guys we've got left know how to go about things, a few of us have been here, even at this same ground, in the same situation and have managed to come away with something."

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  11. Post update

    James Anderson is just talking to TV. Apparently AB de Villiers' pre-match comments were "mentioned" when the skipper bagged a pair.

  12. Get Involved


    Surrey's Rory Burns

    Michael Shaw: Why is nobody mentioning Rory Burns as Cook's partner, solid and technically correct and good f/c stats?

  13. Close-of-play scorecard

    England 52-3 (21 overs) - chasing 382 to win

    Batsmen: Root 19*, Taylor 19*

    Fall of wickets: 2-1 (Hales 1), 8-2 (Cook 5), 18-3 (Compton 6)

    Bowling figures: Morkel 6-4-12-1, Rabda 6-2-15-2, Abbott 1-0-6-0, Piedt 5-2-7-0, Elgar 2-1-8-0, Duminy 1-0-2-0

    SA first innings 475: De Kock 129*, S Cook 115, Amla 109; Stokes 4-86

    England first innings 342: Cook 76, Root 76, Moeen 61; Rabada 7-112

    SA second innings 248-5 dec: Amla 96, Bavuma 78*

    Full scorecard

  14. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Compton played a shocking shot. Two wickets down, he went for an extravagant off-drive. Stay in and survive, that is what you have to do. And to make it worse they even went for a DRS when he'd clearly nicked it."

  15. Post update

    Alastair Cook lobbed one back for Morne Morkel to take a blinding caught and bowled, Nick Compton played a horrible waft and used an even worse review. 18-3. Limp to 52-3 by the close, rain and probably a bit of luck needed tomorrow.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Alex Hales

    "Do I have to talk about England's batting? The pitch was a handful but Hales failed the test again. Sorry, but we found nothing out about him that we didn't know before the start of the series. He is not good enough to open." 

  17. Post update

    After a hokey-cokey over a declaration, it took some rain for AB de Villiers to be persuaded enough was enough.

    Could England get through the last hour or so? Could Alex Hales nail a place at the top of the order. A Kagiso Rabada shooter said that he could not.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Amla came in and played beautifully, and Duminy played sensibly with a 29. Bavuma came in to join Amla and he looks good. 

    "He had to play carefully and was very secure. Technically correct every time I watch him, he's got perfect footwork and the ball whistles away.I'm impressed with him. He's like a little pocket battleship."

  19. Post update

    When Anderson was on the charge, it seemed like England had a sniff. Even after Ben Stokes removed JP Duminy, the door was open. It was slammed shut by the brilliance of Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma.

  20. Post update

    It seems a long time ago that James Anderson took two in an over, doesn't it? Oh how we chuckled when AB de Villiers got a second-ball duck. It looks like AB will be the one with the last laugh.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was another wonderful cricket day. In the morning the big surprise for me was seeing Anderson racing in, the Anderson we know. With the hard ball in his hand it zipped through and you think, what was that powder-puff stuff?"

  22. Close of play - Eng 52-3

    It is the close, the end of a day where South Africa have moved closer to a consolation win. The declaration was a long time coming, but they made up for it with three wickets in the evening session. As for England, the top order continues to resemble Beal's conjecture.

  23. Eng 44-3

    This might be the last over of the day. If I'm honest, I don't know. I realise that's not the sort of indecision you want from your text commentator, so I can only apologise.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Kagiso Rabada

    "One more wicket for Kagiso Rabada and he's got a 10-for. Wow. You don't get too many of them in your career." 

  25. Eng 44-3

    Confusion about whether there are three overs or one left after this Kagiso Rabada set. Rabada, who must be nailed on for man of the match, eases in, with Taylor popping up an inside edge. Temba Bavuma would have been interested had he not been so deep at short leg. 

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    Essex's Nick Browne
    Image caption: Nick Browne batting for Essex

    Richie Macca: As easy as it is to say Hales' stint is done, I can't see a genuine replacement. We have a lot who have tried and failed.

    Andy Barrett: Can we please start talking about Nick Browne now???

    Ben in Windsor: Hales out, Compton to open, Root 3, Taylor 4, James Vince 5. Job done. Doesn’t matter if Compton and Cook score slowly as long as they set a platform for the myriad of stroke players we’d have coming after them.

  27. Eng 44-3

    Plenty of men in the grabbers, no fewer than four slips for Root. Long shadows, Morkel pounding the middle of the track and causing Root to jack-knife backwards. The Yorkshireman gets through and Dharmasena, like a kid with a new toy, has the lightmeter out again. 

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    Nat Phillips: Despite win, more questions than answers. Who can actually bat? Can Bairstow catch? Who did Woakes pay to get selected?

  29. Eng 44-3

    Unbelievably, Kumar Dharmasena, who is wearing light-enhancers, has got the lightmeter out. The sun is out, Kumar. He might be the type who needs a weather man to tell him when it's raining. Morne Morkel is on...

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Morne Morkel is loosening up! He can't wait to get the ball!"

  31. Eng 44-3 (target 382)

    De Villiers has seen enough of Elgar's donkey drops and instead asks JP Duminy to bowl some off-breaks. I tell you what, it's really brightened up. The sun is out and Morne Morkel is loosening up. There are five overs left in the day. We're going to get all of those 23 in. I hope the gaffer hasn't been reading.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Joe Root gets away with it but that was a poor shot. The sweep came about because he was a bit fiddly with the other balls. He didn't look comfortable."

  33. Eng 42-3

    It's missing! It's missing! Hit in line, but spinning down the leg side. Joe Root can take his heart from his mouth and carry on batting. 

  34. South Africa review

    Eng 42-3

    I don't think height is a problem...

  35. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Root might just get away with it. The ball's got to hit full on for the decision to be overturned."

  36. South Africa review

    Eng 42-3

    No bat...

  37. South Africa review

    Eng 42-3

    This is close. Very close. Dane Piedt to Joe Root, on the sweep. Piedt is convinced. Leggy? That's Root's hope.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think South Africa should go off. You want the ball hard tomorrow morning for the quicks; once it goes softer it hasn't been difficult. Three down and a full day to play?!"

  39. Eng 42-3 (target 382)

    If that stat below is correct (and why wouldn't it be?), then England's search for an opener is going backwards. Do we think that Hales will be at the top of the order come May? Elgar serves Taylor a full toss which is sent through the covers for four, with the little man then playing a lovely whip through mid-wicket. If he's playing for his place, he's made a decent start.

  40. Post update

  41. Eng 34-3 (need 348 more to win)

    AB de Villiers ask for another lightmeter reading in the hope that it has brightened. It hasn't. Piedt continues. If De Villiers decided that he didn't want his nice new ball being scuffed up tonight, he could bring the pacers back now, get off for the light then come back fresh in the morning.

  42. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Elgar's a lollipop bowler, he just tosses the thing up. These are terrible appeals."

  43. 'Weird' England

  44. Eng 33-3 (target 382)

    It is that dark? It actually looks to have just brightened up. Then again, if it means they don't have to face Rabada, England would bat on the dark side of the Moon. Twice left-armer Elgar shouts against Root, but both times it's missing the leg stump. Nine overs left in the day.

  45. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is better light than when Amla was right at the end of his innings, when the rain was coming. It got darker than this and England still had their seam bowlers. I really don't understand the light rule..."

  46. Eng 32-2

    Umpire Kumar Dharmasena

    The umpires chat with AB de Villiers. They've told him that it's too dark for the pacers so he must go to spin. Kagiso Rabada off, Dean Elgar on.

  47. Get Involved


    Jon Ternent: Good grief, what a pathetic parade from #England - where's the fight?

    Peter Goodwin: Death, taxes and England openers collapsing. Three things that are certain in life.

    Firmin Fredericks: England starting the T20 early I see...

  48. Missed stumping

    Eng 32-3

    Should be a fourth wicket! Joe Root is reprieved, Quitnon de Kock fluffs his lines. Root is beaten in the air by Dane Piedt and, trying to turn on the leg side, walks past one. It hits De Kock and crashes to the ground. Root is miles out, but can get back.

    Meanwhile, the lightmeter is out...

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  50. Eng 28-3

    It is raining. Only lightly, but the wet stuff is definitely falling. There is also a Kagiso Rabada storm blowing, a lithe, easy-actioned, pacy whirlwind that is sweeping of England before it. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that it's tough for England to win it from here.

  51. Post update

    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "Taylor looks like he wants to play. South Africa won't mind that. It's not about the runs for them now; it's all about the wickets." 

  52. Eng 27-3 (target 382)

    The Barmies switch to Singing in the Rain. The wet stuff is needed for England, who look like they could suffer further losses with every delivery bowled. Taylor is beaten by a Piedt off-break. There are still 12 overs left in the day, light permitting.

  53. Post update

  54. Eng 25-3 (Rabada 4-1-14-2)

    Like Augustus Gloop and the river of chocolate, Compton just couldn't resist. Rabada, who now has nine in the match, hung out the drive ball, and the England number three happily wafted and edged. As for the review, staggering. It almost took part of the bat with it. Yet another batsman who needs runs, James Taylor is out at number five. The Barmy Army trumpeter plays the Great Escape. Can they get Steve McQueen to bat?

  55. Post update

    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "What a fantastic bowling change by AB de Villiers! Whether it was forced by injury to Kyle Abbott or not, he'll take the credit. 

    "South Africa will fancy their chances of taking another four or five wickets here. It doesn't look like they'll be needing tomorrow's last session."

  56. WICKET

    Compton c De Kock b Rabada 6 (Eng 18-3)

    Nick Compton walks off

    Baffling on two counts. Firstly, the shot is awful. Batting to save the game, two wickets down, a big drive to be caught behind. Secondly, the review is awful. He's smashed the cover off it. Did he do that out of embarrassment? England are like lemmings off a cliff here. South Africa might take the extra half-hour.

  57. England review

    Eng 18-2

    Another? It's Kagiso Rabada again! Surely Nick Compton is caught behind? He thinks he's hit the ground. He asks for another look, but the whole ground thinks he's out... 

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  59. Eng 18-3

    I bet Compton and Root are absolutely delighted that Morkel has been taken off. It's dark, the ball is new, your nipples were being used as target practice, yet South Africa have gone to the offie. There's a touch of turn, but not as dangerous as Morkel. The only thing I can think of is that Abbott has decided one over is enough and another seamer has come from the other end.

  60. Get Involved


    Terry Mahoney: In chess and boxing, rather than suffer an inevitable defeat, resigning is a respectable option. I think that's where we are now.

    Christopher Beck: Imagine what the South Africa attack would've done to England had Dale Steyn been fit...

  61. Eng 18-2

    Here's an odd one. Morkel off, the spin of Dane Piedt on.

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    Alex Hales

    Tom Marsland: And so ends the brief Test career of Alex Hales.

    James Willson: Hales was always going to struggle debuting against the SA pace attack. Give him time to prove himself.

    Go-Kart Mozart: Adam Lyth > Alex Hales.

  63. Eng 18-2 (target 382)

    South Africa's answer to Lazarus, Kyle Abbott, is into the attack, fresh from a trip to Lourdes to heal his hamstring. Last night he was out of the game, now he's bowling. Amazing what the physio can do. Or the incentive of winning a Test match. His pace is OK, low 80s, and the line decent. Comtpton half-edges, half guides through third man four.

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    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "Morne Morkel's tail is up. He knows he can go all out for his captain in maybe five or six overs. He is asking questions with every single ball."

  65. Eng 12-2 (Morkel 4-3-4-1)

    Alastair Cook

    Hmmmm. If I'm being critical of Cook, it can be said that he was stuck on the crease to a ball of full length. If he's been forward, with his head over the ball, the catch would not have been there to be taken. I think the most surprised man in Centurion was Morne Morkel, who almost kneed himself in his own eye in celebration. Joe Root the new man, immediately playing the most gorgeous back-foot drive for four. He's sickeningly talented.

  66. Post update

    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a bit of a lazy push down the ground, and a fantastic catch from Morne Morkel. He is very tall and grabbed it below the knee. That wicket is the one South Africa wanted. Alastair Cook can stick around." 

  67. WICKET

    Cook c&b Morkel 5 (Eng 8-2)

    South Africa's players celebrate the wicket of Alastair Cook

    Whadda catch! Morne Morkel has stuck out a big paw and clung on to a blinding caught and bowled to remove Alastair Cook. Rare straight ball from Morkel, Cook prods it back, Morkel thrusts out his right mitt and takes it one-handed. Big, big wicket, that of the skipper who can bat for long periods. England in the mire here.

  68. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Compton just caught Cook's eye and went: 'Was that close?'"  

  69. Close!

    Eng 3-1

    Nick Compton, if you want to stay in the team, do not run the captain out. Pietersen-esque Red Bull single from Compton, Cook not even in the frame when the throw misses. Compton sheepishly asks the skipper if it was a good run. Cook just glares back.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Alastair Cook

    "Alastair Cook is in the zone. He's only one off 19 but it looks like he's got himself into a good rhythm."

  71. Eng 2-1 (target 382)

    The problem with the uneven bounce is that it gets into the minds of those who have seen it. That might have even been a reason why Hales was flat-footed. Morkel back over the wicket to Cook, who continues to do a good job of batting without actually using his bat.

  72. Get Involved


    Paul Baldwin: Was just about to tweet how great it would be to see Hales just smack it around for an hour or two.

    Andy Sykes: Feel sorry for Alex Hales. When your luck is not in you get grubbers like that.

  73. Eng 2-1 (Rabada 2-1-2-1)

    Looking again, I'm trying to decide if Hales could have done anything. His feet went nowhere, but he wouldn't have expected that low bounce. He'll need runs in the Championship early in the summer in order to keep his place. As for England, their task of saving the game has just got harder. Nick Compton the new man. He needs a little score too.

  74. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's no point in reviewing that. Nipping back, caught on the crease, a perfect start for South Africa. That's Test cricket for you. If you make big errors in the first innings when the pitch is at its best, it's not going to get any easier for you. There wasn't a great deal he could do about that."

  75. WICKET

    Hales lbw Rabada 1 (Eng 2-1)

    Kagiso Rabada

    Is that the end of Alex Hales' Test career? If it is, at least he wasn't caught having a waft and he can probably point to a bit of bad luck. It's excellent again from Kagiso Rabada, who now eight in the match. Right area for uneven bounce, just outside off stump, coming back and keeping low. Hales is dead in front. If anything, you can say he should be forward, but that would probably be a bit harsh on the batsman.

  76. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "If England have all their wickets in hand tonight, they'll fancy their chances of saving this."

  77. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's so far so good for England, they're playing nice and straight. There's been no alarming low balls as yet. With the weather like this, it's fine, I can see them carrying on for a while yet."

    There is much soul-searching in establishing the truth over the latest play can go on for - Andrew Samson has it at 16:34 GMT.

  78. Eng 2-0 (target 382)

    The floodlights reflect off the shiny new ball, which is being speared down from a great height by the King of Limbs, Morne Morkel. Cook only plays when absolutely necessary, with a Morkel a touch too wide. No threat to England. Yet. I'm told there are a potential 21 overs left in the day. If we get all of those in I'll do tomorrow's live text with Stephanie Shemilt at the top of the page.*

    *if the boss lets me, which he probably won't.  

  79. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Hashim Amla is at mid-off instead of first slip. He's got tape all over his hand because of that knock on his thumb and finger."

  80. Eng 2-0

    Kagiso Rabada shares the new ball, fresh from a seven-fer in the first innings. It's still very windy, the sort of breeze that blew before the rain came. Hales is away with a clip off his pads, Cook with a push on the off side.

  81. Get Involved


    Joe: Tough choice for Cook now. Probably going to lose anyway but does he do it trying to win or trying to draw?

    Luke Swales: Anybody else fancy this new-look England team to knock these runs off? Nope? Me neither.

  82. Eng 0-0 (target 382)

    An England fan plays the trumpet

    Odd sky overhead. Hints of blue, but it still feels dark. The light will surely intervene at some point. Morkel round the wicket, the Barmy Army congratulating themselves on another rendition of Jerusalem. Morkel straight to the jumpy Cook, who hops, leaves and takes blows to get through the over.

  83. Get Involved


    Matt Spurr: Time for Hales to play his natural game and get some big runs quickly.

    Fleming Jensen: My soul is prepared to take on all the Hales-hate should he get out cheaply. Still only four matches. 

  84. Eng 0-0

    The South Africa players are making their way out to the middle and Kyle Abbott is in the ranks. Alastair Cook, who needs 41 to complete 10,000 in Test cricket, is on strike. Three slips, leg slip and short leg. Play.

  85. Post update

    Where did the notion of the Last Chance Saloon come from? And what would you order if you were there? Who buys the drinks? If the round is on someone else, I'd be ordering something expensive.

  86. Highest fourth-innings chases to win in Centurion

    • 251-8: England beat South Africa, 2000
    • 226-4: South Africa beat Sri Lanka, 1998
    • 199-3: South Africa beat Pakistan, 2007
    • 124-7: South Africa beat Sri Lanka, 2002
  87. Get Involved


    Toby Higgins: England to end the day on 17-3.

  88. Post update

    Alex Hales

    I wonder what Alex Hales is thinking as he straps his pads on, apart from "who's moved my thigh pad?"

    The Notts opener has just ordered himself a pint of mild in the Last Chance Saloon.

  89. Get Involved


    PtheP: 382? Is that all? Get Stokes in at number three or four and we can all take Tuesday afternoon off! 

    Rachel T: Stokes and Bairstow to open!

  90. Post update

    I'm hearing that Kyle Abbott is out there and that England might have 17 overs to get through tonight. I'm not sure the light will hold to get all those in.

  91. South Africa have declared

    AB has spoken to the coach, his players, phoned his mum and some chap he bumped into at Starbucks the other day called Bernard. He's finally been persuaded to declare.

    England need 382 to win.

  92. Post update

    The South Africa bowlers are out there warming-up, so that suggests the declaration has come. Just awaiting confirmation on that one.

  93. Play to resume at 15:10

    There we go, we will have some cricket again today. Play is to resume in 20 minutes or so. You'd think that England will be batting, but AB de Villiers might want a lead of 500...

  94. Post update

  95. Post update

    Twitter is suggesting the covers are coming off. AB de Villiers sits in a dark corner, pondering the declaration. "Think, think, AB. What shall we do? Probably need another 50 runs..."

  96. Post update

  97. Post update

    I'm hearing a rumour that the sun might be out at Centurion...

  98. Post update

    The bowling's no better. All I've seen so far is long-hops and leg-stump tripe. James Taylor has just taken a catch in his backside, though.

  99. Post update

    You know the prospect of play is unlikely when TV goes to highlights. They've chosen the South Africa first innings. I could commentate on this, just to see if England's bowling or catching gets any better...

  100. Post update

    What do we think of this then? Likely to play again today, or call it off and come back tomorrow? No news at the moment. Trevor Bayliss, in ceremonial headdress, continues to lead the England rain dance.  

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  103. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    Gulam Bodi

    "If no matches have actually been fixed - as they say - then that would be good, but if any players accepted money and then didn't go through with the plan, that in my mind would be just as guilty.

    "Bodi has co-operated, and so the other people involved in this will be named. At the moment it is a civil case, but the NCA will then decide if they want to invoke a clause that came in after the Cronje situation."

  104. Post update

    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "Having been part of the King Commission, I'm a little bit disappointed by the outcome, but I do believe it will go further than this. Could it go to court? Will it be a criminal case as well? 

    "The offence is worse nowadays because there is more education about it. You sign contracts and know what will happen to you if you are involved in match-fixing."

  105. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The hope now is that the players who accepted offers will be caught and the investigation will be concluded quickly. 

    "Around the press box, many names have been mentioned, I'm sure many are innocent and many are only guilty of lesser crime of non-disclosure to the authorities." 

  106. 'Match-fixers should be out of the game for good'

    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's not good for the game of cricket. I'm very strong on this - if you get caught, cheers, you're out of the game for good. I don't want to see anyone who has been caught back in the game of cricket."

  107. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The charge sheet that was written up extends to 13 pages, there is a number of approach and allegations. 

    "We don't know if Bodi said the whole thing is correct. That's where the investigation starts now. Every single one of the approaches, every player who is named - and many have already been questioned - will be investigated."

  108. 'Match-fixers should be banned for life'

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The only way to stamp corruption out of cricket is a life ban. Why 20 years? A life ban is the only message to send. They've said that they don't believe any matches were fixed, that they caught him in the planning stage, but these people should never be involved again. It's the only way to stop them."

  109. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It came as a surprise that he admitted guilt so quickly. It was expected that he would try and somehow mount a defence. Obviously the evidence was overwhelming, and I also suspect he has agreed to participate in return for something. I imagine that would have been a guarantee there would be no criminal proceedings, and possible jail time."

  110. Bodi banned for 20 years

    Gulam Bodi

    Former South Africa batsman Gulam Bodi has been banned from cricket for 20 years by Cricket South Africa for trying to fix matches.

    The 37-year-old, who played two one-day internationals and a Twenty20, admitted "contriving or attempting to fix matches" in the 2015 Ram Slam, South Africa's domestic Twenty20 competition.

    CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: "There is no doubt that Mr Bodi’s actions have threatened the integrity and image of the game that we love and he must be handed a strong punishment."

    Lorgat said no matches were fixed after "several players rejected his approaches". Five years of his ban have been suspended.

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  111. Post update

    In light of that potential long delay, let's talk about this....

  112. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "We're anticipating quite a long delay."

  113. Post update

    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "I would have maybe put England in and declared half an hour or go considering the weather. But I wouldn't want to be in AB de Villiers' position. At 2-0 down in the series, there must be a lot of pressure and a lot going through his head."

  114. Post update

    The arrival of the weather makes South Africa's ponderous progress earlier today all the more baffling. Only after tea, when they spotted the filthy black cloud, did they try to play some shots. If they'd put the foot down in the afternoon, they could have had England batting by then.

  115. Post update

    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a plane in the sky circling away from the dark clouds. That pilot has definitely flown in conditions like this before - he's not taking any chances. Within the next minutes or so there'll be a big downpour."

  116. Post update

    More covers arrive, a heavier green variety. It's dark. Unconfirmed is a rumour that Alastair Cook is collapsed in the England dressing room, unable to breathe through hysterical laughter. 

  117. Post update

    The covers on the pitch at Centurion

    Two big covers, one blue, one white, are pulled on to the square as Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is played. In theory, we can play for another couple of hours yet, so I suppose there's a reasonable chance of more cricket today. 

  118. Post update

    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've been round the other side of the stadium and it doesn't look pretty at all. I think the rain will be harder than what we had yesterday."

  119. Rain stops play

    SA 248-5

    I was just thinking that umpire Chris Gaffaney looked like a man who wasn't enjoying himself. No coat, cold and wet. Whether that has anything to do with the players going off, I don't know, but we have a break in play. England will be chuffed.

  120. Get Involved


    Timothy Revell: Are South Africa batting for a draw?

  121. SA 246-5

    I said we remain dry, but there are drops falling into the swimming pool. Chris Woakes into the attack.

  122. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's licence for Quinton de Kock to whack the ball here, and he's gifted at doing so. In the one-day game he opens the batting and climbs into those first 20 overs. Anything in his arc he'll have a nice swing at."

  123. SA 246-5 (lead by 379)

    The rain is like a loan shark. It's menacing and in the background, but you know it's there and could hurt you. We remain dry, though. Broad to De Kock, who almost swings himself off his feet. No bat involved. England must be delighted to still be fielding. 

  124. Get Involved



    Ben Dalton: England have Stokes' explosive Cape Town batting to thank for De Villiers caution here. The memory of his strike rate won't fade.

    Ben Stokes
  125. SA 245-5

    Anderson bowling a mile outside off stump with only two fielders on the leg. Seven men lined up on the off, like a game on the table-top game Test Match. Still blustery, the gust matched by the whoosh of Bavuma's bat. It's a shot a ball, but not much getting through the field. Wouldn't South Africa be better off bowling in these conditions?

  126. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    The stadium at Centurion

    "It seems at the moment like the rain is holding off. Whether or not it's building up into something truly horrible..."

  127. SA 240-5 (lead by 374)

    Kagiso Rabada waits with his pads on, so that at least suggests that South Africa have designs on batting longer. The rain could stop them, though. The groundstaff are ready, the cameramen pull covers over their equipment. I don't think England have taken the new nut.

  128. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Jonny Bairstow has taken 20 dismissals in the series, the first time an England wicketkeeper has done this in a four-match series."

  129. New ball due

    SA 233-5

    80 overs done, new ball due. England might not take it, though. Wind getting up, arriving from the direction of those dark clouds.

  130. SA 233-5

    Fetch! Temba Bavuma might have been given the nod that he hasn't got long to get a hundred. James Anderson is pulled disdainfully over mid-wicket for six, with Bavuma then inside-edging for a four. 73 now for the little man. 

  131. SA 223-5 (Broad 13-3-25-1)

    All sorts happening out there. Plotlines. Rain coming. A declaration too? The new ball is due in an over and Quinton de Kock is the new man. Also, Elton John's Circle of Life is being played. How random.

  132. Post update

    Mark Boucher

    Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    Hashim Amla

    "This innings has been better than Hashim Amla's first. He's taken deliveries into the body, the ball's left a lot on his hand... it's been a character-building one. Often those are the ones you look back on as the best." 

  133. WICKET

    Amla c Bairstow b Broad 96 (SA 223-5)

    Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Hashim Amla

    Gone this time! Hashim Amla misses out on a second ton in the match, frustrated by England's plan of bowling wide. In a hurry to beat the rain, Amla flashes at Stuart Broad, edging behind. He's done a fine job, though. Without him, England could have got back in the match this morning.

  134. SA 223-4

    Drizzling now...

  135. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa have got to get Hashim Amla's century and declare soon, because this rain is not going to miss us."

  136. SA 223-4

    England may just have done that to waste some time before any rain. They will get the review back in nine balls' time. Not out, clear daylight between bat and ball.

  137. England review

    SA 223-4

    Surely this isn't out? Amla cutting at Broad. An edge? There wasn't much of an appeal, because England don't have any catchers. Seems unlikely...

  138. SA 223-4

    Is the rain coming? The clouds are dark, but there's also some blue. The floodlights are on. The Barmy Army trumpeter is playing Singing in the Rain and Hashim Amla is keen to get to a hundred...

  139. SA 223-4 (lead by 356

    It's dark at Centurion, it's dark for the England team. The mood is about as dark as when I saw my mum the other day. "I'm going to buy a new bed," she said. "It might be last one I ever have." She's only 61. Pessimism.