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Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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    Those words from Yoda Aggers seem a good place to end.

    Thank you very much for all of your input today. I'll let you know how tonight's Rock Paper Scissors goes tomorrow.

    We'll be back at 7:45 GMT in the morning.

    If you missed any of today's play follow the link below.

    Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes
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    SMS Message: Trying to start an office wide rock paper scissors tournament, inspired by all this RPS chat. Currently just me... from Jonathan, Nottingham
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    It turned into a fascinating day.

    I learned something too. I learned that there is a UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships.

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    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on The Cricket Social

    England are in with a chance now. Without that partnership it could have been 150-6.

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    SMS Message: A tale of three 70s today: 70-0 followed by 78-4 followed by 76-0. England edging the day, I'd say. from Duncan Ward
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    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on The Cricket Social

    England will have learnt a lot with the bowling. It's going to be one of those pitches when you bowl straight, with split fields, and if you do that it's very difficult to score runs on. A 350 total becomes more like 450.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Port Elizabeth

    Crawley and Sibley did the hard work and got themselves out. They put on 70 so I don't want to be churlish, but this was a great toss to win and they really need to start nailing it down.

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    England opener Zak Crawley, speaking to Sky Sports: "A very good day. We are in a good position going into tomorrow. Hopefully we can bat for a long while tomorrow and put them in. It [the pitch] is only going to get worse from here.

    "It was as slow as I have batted for while. I think everyone found it very hard to score. It did quicken up a little. Hopefully that continues to bring the nicks into the game.

    "The game at Newlands was the best game ever. I couldn't ask for anything better. Hopefully if we get another win it will be a great effort.

    "Maharaj had quite an in-out field. I would have loved to run down and hit him over his head but long-on always in play. We could have been more proactive with more paddle but was tough to get him away."

    What is a par score? "I reckon late-300s."

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    Chris: Have to say I think that England have edged the first day, though add two to the wickets and its all to play for!

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    Paul Farbrace

    Ex-England assistant coach on The Cricket Social

    It has been a really good day for England. The first two batsmen played very nicely and they gave England a good chance. It got tough for a period; it was relaly hard to score and to trust the bounce of the ball. Pope was allowed to play well by how well they played earlier.

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    In the morning session the pitch looked very slow and very flat. At that point it looked like England had to be eyeing 400 minimum but scoring was difficult and there was plenty of turn for Keshav Maharaj.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Port Elizabeth

    It has been a rollercoaster of a day, in a quiet sort of way. It looked like a nailed-on five-day game, but on came Maharaj and it was kicking up. You assume that bounce is going to get worse as the game goes on.

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    Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope

    For a while it looked like being a slow-burner of a day but it really kicked into life in the afternoon. South Africa reduced England from 103-1 to 148-4 but a partnership of 76 from Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes has put England just on top.

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    Nick James: Ollie Pope is playing in his 6th Test match, not his 106th. Yup, absolute natural.

  15. Close of play - Eng 224-4

    England's day? Maybe just.

    Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope have done well.

  16. Eng 224-4

    Eeek. Pope goes back and the ball skids low but he gets his bat down.

  17. Eng 224-4

    Ollie Pope has four for company around the bat for the final over of the day.