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Live Reporting

Stephan Shemilt and Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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    We'll be back bright and early tomorrow to see if England can wrap thing up quickly, then get stuck into the reply. I've got half a feeling this one won't go five days.

    Enjoy the rest of your Boxing Day.

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    Decent day's cricket, that. You'd think England will probably have wanted to bowl out South Africa, but 277-9 is just about vindicating the decision to field first.

  3. 'We let De Kock off the hook'

    More from Sam Curran on Sky Sports: "De Kock plays his natural game. He let him get off the hook a little bit. Fair play to him - and he got a good score.

    "It's a pretty good wicket and fast-scoring outfield. Hopefully our batters can bat big and put overs in their legs. There is going to be cracks. Hopefully we can bat big first innings and put them under pressure."

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    Duke and Kookaburra: SA 277-9 at stumps and will feel a great deal happier than earlier on, England will feel they let the hosts wriggle away from 111-5; De Kock's innings may yet prove decisive.

  5. 'We're pretty pleased'

    England seamer Sam Curran, who has 4-57, on Sky Sports: "It was an even day - we're pretty pleased. Any time you choose to bowl first there's a lot of responsibility on the bowlers.

    "I felt good. The ball swung all day. I was pleased - it's my first time playing in South Africa, so it was enjoyable. The bowlers are pretty pleased to come to pitches that carry."

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    Excellent plug, Spike.

    Pick your team here.

    England team of the decade
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    Spike Western: Broad gets a lot of stick but he's been a consistent performer for England for 10 years now and he's still coming up with the goods. Definitely in my team of the decade.

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    Kate Cross

    England women's seamer on The Cricket Social

    It has been a hard-fought day and there will certainly be a relief in the dressing room having got that wicket late in the day. But you can't really judge it until both teams have batted.

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    Jonathan Trott

    Ex-England batsman on The Cricket Social

    It's exactly even right now.

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    Steven Finn

    England bowler on The Cricket Social

    Tomorrow will give us an indication of where we are up to and what exactly is happening. Both teams will sit in the dressing room having worked hard. The wickets in the last session have pegged South Africa back and brought it to a more even game.

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    Who has had the better of that? I'll tell you tomorrow. Whichever way you look at it, England have not rolled South Africa. They are going to have to bat well at least once in this match.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Centurion

    It has been a very hot day. England are tired and they have flagged a bit. It will be interesting to see how they come back tomorrow - there will be some creaking limbs.

  13. WICKET

    Rabada b Broad 12 (SA 277-9)

    Bowled him! Stuart Broad gets through with what proves to be the final delivery of the day. Round the wicket to Kagiso Rabada, seam bolt upright, nipping back and taking the top of off stump, possibly via an inside edge. England drag themselves off. They are absolutely shattered.

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    Jonathan Trott

    Ex-England batsman on The Cricket Social

    Every single run is going to be crucial here.

  15. SA 275-8

    Might this be the last over of the day? Stuart Broad was the man who had to fetch the previous ball of the last over from the boundary, so this might take some time.

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    Kate Cross

    England women's seamer on The Cricket Social

    You can tell that he hasn't much cricket over the last few months. For him, it will be important to just get through the day. He is the only bowler who has looked like he hasn't had a niggle or cramp, so that will be a massive positive for him.

  17. 'Anderson still looks rusty'

    Michael Carberry

    Former England batsman on The Cricket Social

    It's great to see Jimmy Anderson back. His first spell was a bit rusty, and when he has got the ball in the right area he has looked threatening. It has been a decent comeback but he still looks rusty.

  18. SA 275-8

    James Anderson to share the second new one. Not a great return for Jimmy, whose only wicket came with a real loosener. As Rabada jams down on one, scooting the ball down to third man for four, Anderson closes his eyes and runs a hand through his hair. When Rabada drives the last ball for four, Anderson is angrier than a swarm of hornets.

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    Steve Johnson: If SA get 300 plus, then the decision to send them in to bat might not have been the way to go. Cricket is a funny old game, with many twists and turns.