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Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry, Stephan Shemilt and Kal Sajad

All times stated are UK

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    That's us done for the day.

    The pros for England? A century stand between Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley.

    The cons? That little wobble after tea. And Ben Stokes seemingly involved in an altercation with someone off the field.

    You can read Stephan's report here.

    And we'll see you again tomorrow morning.

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    Matt Roberts: Good day for England. Sets us up for 300+ 1st innings. In what is likely to be a heavily rain-interrupted match that we only need to draw, that really ought to be enough. He says.

    Matt W: What is the football score equivalent of a days play at the Test match? Would today be England go into a two goal lead only to be pegged back to two all?

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    Graham Onions

    Former England bowler on The Cricket Social

    The England opening partnership was outstanding. Zak Crawley was fluent and in control and Sibley played nicely. They have got some foundations to take their games forward.

  4. 'I was eyeing three figures'

    England opener Zak Crawley, speaking to Sky Sports: "100%, I was eyeing three figures. It is hard not to. I was pretty annoyed but would have taken 66 at the start. When your are out there you try hard to keep it out of your head but it is a big thing scoring a hundred for England.

    "It did a bit more after the break, I don't know why. There was bit more sideways movement and that explains the four wickets. Late-200s to early-300s would be a pretty good score."

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    SMS Message: Interesting that despite the fact we lost a whole session and bad light affected play, we're only 30 runs and 0 wickets behind where we were after day 1 on PE. I'll take that I think with those overheads and some grass on the pitch. from Russell (somewhere near Winchester)
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    Emma John

    Cricket journalist on The Cricket Social

    We will never forget where we were when England scored their 500,000th run.

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    LibraryGuy: By my count Ollie Pope has faced over 400 balls in this series now. South Africa have got him out once.

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    Graham Onions

    Former England bowler on The Cricket Social

    It has been a mixed day for England. They will be walking off thinking 'we have done OK'. Equally I think South Africa will think they have a chance. With Woakes coming in at nine for England they have plenty runs to come yet.

  9. Close of play - Eng 192-4

    And, with that bad light, the umpires say that's that.

    What do you reckon, England fans? Would you have taken that at the start of the day? A tale of two sessions.

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    Adam Mountford

    BBC Test Match Special in Johannesburg

    It is fairly gloomy despite the floodlights.

  11. Bad light play - Eng 192-4

    Root 25, Pope 22

    Ah, I said play goes on. It did. For two deliveries. Boos ring around the ground as play is halted for bad light.

  12. England's 500,000th Test run

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    SMS Message: Hoping and praying Test cricket is alive long enough for England to get to the million. from Joe, Bradford.
    Joe, Bradford.
  13. Eng 192-4

    One man not playing today is Kagiso Rabada, who is missing out due to suspension.

    The South African quickie is enjoying the luxuries of the comfortable, posh seats, as he watches on. He's all suited and booted too.

    Umpires Rod Tucker and Joe Wilson have a quick natter about the light. But play goes on.

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    Jim McGrath: I think we need an official ruling from #bbccricket on what constitutes a collapse. 4-50 is definitely a wobble, but is it bad enough to count as a collapse? Where do we draw the line?! ;)

  15. Eng 191-4

    Hendricks continues and Pope flicks him down to fine-leg for four.

    But a great comeback delivery by the South African. It's short, nips back, Pope does his best Matrix impression as he leans back and out of the way. But he can't quite stay on his feet. There was some real pace in that one.

  16. Eng 186-4

    Joe Root nudges into the covers for a single. BUT, it's not just any single.

    We have reached a milestone, ladies and gents.

    England now have their 500,000th run in Test cricket, more than any other nation.

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    Simon Mann

    The Cricket Social

    That might have just grazed the bottom of his box.