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Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks

    It has been a day for the purists. But it has set England up for a potential victory.

    Join us again tomorrow as they look to press home that healthy advantage.

    I'll see thee.

  2. Recap of the day

    Jennings fell for 33 to leave England 80-1, but Gary Ballance added a steady 22, while Cook passed 50 to take the home side to a 216 lead and further towards a match-winning position...

  3. Recap of the day

    England's response was slow but strategic as Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings ground down the tourists and took England to a healthy lead...

  4. Recap of the day

    The England spinners cleaned up the rest to bowl the tourists out for 361 and give England a 97-run lead...

  5. Recap of the day

    Quinton de Kock struck the second-fastest Test 50 at Lord's before he was dismissed by Jimmy Anderson.


  6. Recap of the day

    Bavuma made it past 50, but lost partner Rabada before falling himself soon after.


  7. Recap of the day

    The day began with Blowers nearly pulling the Lord's bell from its moorings...

  8. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Whenever Jimmy Anderson has a bad spell the hacks in us wonder if he has lost his edge but I see a real desire in him to carry on for quite a while yet. He was bowling that great natural length, nipping the odd one back and I love it when he takes the ball past the outside edge on a number of occasions.

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    Matt Richmond: Batting deep as we do, reckon we could have been far more positive even if we'd have lost a couple of wickets.

    Paul Baldwin: The "positive brand of cricket" nonsense appears to have been abandoned this afternoon.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Moeen's batting was fantastic and he is a real popular member of the team, he is quite humorous and lighthearted. I'll be amazed if he's not into the attack early and it's a great chance for him to get a huge amount of wickets and bowl England to victory.

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    David Elliott: So England are attacking with the bat at a little over 2.3 an over with 9 wickets left! Got a draw written all over it

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    I don't think this pitch has been prepared under orders, it is the summer we are having and the nature of the pitches here at Lord's this year.

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    Anthony: Wow this has been slow going, would love to see the likes of Hales in this England side to push the run rate up

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    It's been a tremendous cricket wicket. South Africa will look back on day one and think they could have easily bowled England out if they'd kept the feet behind the line. England today, Joe Root made a couple of mistakes, he left the spinners and then turned to the second new ball. He should have started with Moeen after lunch. Steve Waugh used to say who were the best two bowlers and start with them straightaway.

    South Africa with the ball were very disciplined but the technical side of Cook's batting is fantastic and I was really impressed with Gary Ballance, who came out with a positivity. It has ebbed and flowed, England have been on top and they should create an opportunity to go one up in the series.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    England will be delighted with that situation, nowadays when there is a bit of licence and the lead gets larger, with Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow it doesn't take long. South Africa were obviously handicapped by the absence of Philander and it will be an uphill task for them on a pitch which I think is excellent because there is something happening.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent on TMS

    England actually want to bat to make the pitch wear, they need more overs to really rough it up and make South Africa's task as difficult as possible, though from an entertainment point of view that session has not been high octane.

  17. Eng 119-1

    Lead by 216

    And that ladies and gentlemen is that. The final over of the day - delivered by Duminy - fails to provide any late drama. England end the day 216 runs ahead and totally in control.

    Players come off
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    Robert Allen: Plenty of time left in the match, why all the fuss about run rates?

  19. Eng 118-1

    Ballance 21, Cook 59

    Maharaj's last over is another largely tame affair, barring one misjudged drive from Cook which he misses and is fortunate not to get a nick. No need to do anything risky now.

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    Matt Crocker: There has got to be more stringent punishment against teams with slow over rates. Is nothing but detrimental for Test cricket.