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Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt and Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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    Before (and probably when) they get there, England have got plenty of questions....

    Are they all fit?

    Do they need a spinner?

    If they do, who do they drop?

    Does Ollie Pope come back for Jonny Bairstow?

    Join us on Friday to find out the answers.

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    The second Test, by the way, starts on Friday in Cape Town. Last time England played there, Ben Stokes got 258...

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    Alex Bell: We’re not very good at this Test cricket thing, are we?

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    Man of the match Quinton de Kock, who made 95 in the first innings: "It's nice to get over the line.

    "It's nice to get out there and contribute some runs. When I went out there I thought I should leave well, but I went with whatever was going at the moment. My mind was doing all sorts of things for me."

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    SMS Message: Most of your team have been ill the week before a Test and you decide to make them field. Surely the most stupid decision ever by an England captain. from David Proud
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    Michael Carberry

    Former England batsman on The Cricket Social

    Rory Burns is slowly coming of age as an opener. I like the way he goes about his business.

    It's too soon to pass judgement on Dom Sibley. I would like to see us not chopping players after three or four Test matches. Opening against the new ball is a tough job.

    It's up to Joe Denly to convert those fifties into scores. He has shown calm but he is still in that positive mindset. He has looked to play his shots but in between that he has looked compact.

  7. 'It has been like an A&E ward'

    Coach Chris Silverwood, speaking to Sky Sports, on England's disrupted preparations: "It has been very tough but we can't use that as an excuse. We have had various people go down. I'm not sure how we could have handled it any differently. Credit to our medical staff - it has been like an A&E ward at times."

    Will Dom Bess and Craig Overton remain with the squad for the second Test? "They will for now, on the advice of the medical staff. We're still not over everything yet."

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    Andrew Parker: Worst England side in a generation.

  9. 'We had high hopes'

    England coach Chris Silverwood on Sky Sports: "It was a difficult challenge, but we had high hopes. To score that many runs, especially with everything that has gone on, but we backed ourselves.

    "When we got here the wicket was damp and we suspected it would do something with the new ball, which it did.

    "It was gameplan that we had. There are plenty of parts of the game that you could pick to pieces. When you stick a team out you expect to bowl them out in a day, which we did.

    "We've got Parkinson and Bess here, than we have to see how Leachy is."

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    SMS Message: This is pathetic, against a very average SA team. Root is a world-class batsman but not a captain. We were always going to be 100 runs off. from Adam, York
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  11. 'It's the start'

    South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: "It's the start - we want to make sure we're improving as a Test team. We know it's long journey."

    On Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, who took 4-103 and 3-56 respectively: "We expect that from KG. I thought Anrich bowled with great control and some real good pace. There are some real good signs for the Test team going forward. We need new bowlers to step up to the platform."

  12. 'We needed that'

    South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: "We needed that. The last couple of months has been tough for us. We haven't won a Test match in a while. We've got a happy everyone in the dressing room. That's the best feeling in the world - winning a Test match.

    "It was a very, very good Test match - two teams fighting hard all the way. Today's effort was incredible. We worked really hard. The bowling this whole Test match was very good."

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    Simon Hughes

    The Analyst on The Cricket Social

    England's build-up to Test series away from home is poor. Their preparation is not good enough. They have two warm-up games, which are glorified nets. Especially playing somewhere like South Africa, you need to have more time to acclimatise. It's ridiculous to expect England to perform well in overseas conditions when you have two meaningless warm-up games.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Centurion

    In all the years, I've never known a Test match like this, with people going down ill. That decision at the toss came back to bite them, but there were some serious mitigating circumstances for this result.

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    SMS Message: Everyone got their England 'Post-Match Defeat Interview Bingo' cards ready? from March, Harpenden
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  16. 'The toss was a 50-50 call'

    England captain Joe Root: "It's been a really tough week off the field. Pretty much everything has been thrown at the group. We've had 10 guys go down ill. They have stood up and tried to put in the best performance possible.

    "It's not been long since we've seen similar chases. We got ourselves in a position at lunch. We were fully confident we could chase those runs down.

    "The 7-39 in the first innings was where the game was won and lost. It's disappointing, but pleasing to be better in the second innings.

    "I still think the toss was a 50-50 call. At 111-5, there was an opportunity to get ahead of the game.

    "Hopefully that's the end of the illness, so we can bounce back strong."

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    Ben Murray: Putting the opposition on a wicket where batting fourth is a lottery, when most of your squad are ill, and only making pretty 40s is sackable material.

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    Daniel Fenton: If in the post match interview/autopsy I hear from anyone in the England camp talk about "taking positives from the game" I am going to combust into flames.