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Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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    Tony Buchanan: In the office extra early. No, not to do any work, just to drink coffee and listen to the Test match in South Africa.

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    Ben Stokes
    • Ben Stokes needs to score 94 runs to become only the second England player after Sir Ian Botham to score 4,000 runs and take over 100+ wickets.
  3. Overton to leave South Africa

    A bit of housekeeping from the England camp.

    Craig Overton will leave the squad today and return to the UK along with his Somerset team-mate Jack Leach.

    Overton was called up as cover for the second Test and stayed for the third Test after James Anderson's injury.

    The seamer will be on the Lions tour of Australia, which departs next week.

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    Joe Root confirmed at the toss that Jofra Archer was not fit enough to play in this game. He is still recovering from an elbow issue.

    Mark Wood has had knee surgery and recovered from side injury since his last game.

    He bowled thunderbolts and took 5-41 in his last Test in West Indies last February.

    Mark Wood
  5. 'I would have batted first'

    South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: "Did you not see me change hands today? Six in a row [losses of the toss]. The one thing will remembered for will definitely not be my tossing.

    "It was a tough one to decide what to do. There is a swing wind on day one and then it changes and becomes a batting day on day two. There was a thought about bowling but I would have batted first.

    "We have our own band in today so it will be a battle of the two bands."

  6. Wood 'fit and firing and bowling quick'

    England captain Joe Root: "It does look a good surface. It does look dry underneath and it could deteriorate, so we want to make best use of it first up."

    On the win in Cape Town: "We were excellent - all 11 players did their jobs brilliantly. It's about backing that up now. It's a big challenge for some inexperienced players to experience that and do it again. It's a great opportunity to put that behind us and back that up well."

    On Mark Wood: "Woody has worked extremely hard - he's in a position where he's fit and firing and bowling quick."

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    Mark Wood's last game of cricket was a World Cup final.

    Now he's back...

    Mark wood
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    Mark Wood does indeed replace James Anderson for England.

    Bowler Dane Paterson comes in for all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius for South Africa.

  9. BreakingEngland win the toss and bat

    Joe Root has done it again. He wins his third toss from three in the series and chooses to bat.

    Joe Root and Faf du Plessis
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    Here comes the toss...

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    With the ground so dry there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of reverse swing in the build-up. England would love that.

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    Adam Mountford

    BBC Test Match Special in Port Elizabeth

    Morning from a hot & steamy St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. Temperatures are expected to top 29C today and it is unseasonably humid. We’ve had drought like conditions here with water restrictions in place around the area. But we are told we could get actually get some rain here at the weekend.

    Port Elizabeth
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    It's a belting day in Port Elizabeth. Hot, steamy, not a cloud in the sky.

    To the untrained, live-texter's eye it looks like a bat first all day long kind of toss.

    We'll find out how the captains see it any minute now. Joe Root has won the toss in both Tests so far...

  14. Who will replace Anderson?

    Jofra Archer and Mark Wood

    England may have won in Cape Town but the curse on this tour has not disappeared.

    Since Ben Stokes clinched the famous win nine days ago, James Anderson has been ruled out of the tour with a rib injury and Jack Leach has returned home because of illness.

    Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer have all been battling to win Anderson's place for this Test.

    It looks like Archer has not recovered from his own elbow injury and Wood seems most likely to come in. We'll find out who they go with at the toss shortly.

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    Brass band

    St George's Park in Port Elizabeth is another great South African ground.

    England actually have a decent record here. They've only lost one of nine Tests at the venue, winning five including the last one between the sides here in 2004.

    I'm also very much looking forward to hearing the famous brass band in the stands which is one of the best things in cricket. Don't even bother trying to debate that one with me.

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    Good morning! Recovered from last week?

    England's win in Cape Town was memorable and it has also left this series tantalisingly poised. Joe Root's side and South Africa are tied at 1-1 with two Tests to play in the series.

    The third Test in Port Elizabeth starts in 45 minutes with the teams knowing whoever wins will be guaranteed a draw from the series at least.

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    Last week was special.

    Now can continue the momentum and take a series lead?

    England celebrate