I swapped tickets with a chap who was trying to get into the grass bank to sit with his friends, and seem to have ended up with one of the best views in the house, right behind the bowler’s arm, under cover and just below the broadcast box windows. I couldn’t find the seat at first and almost missed the first over in which Hales’ wicket fell. Joe Root then made a nice 24 before being given out lbw to Dane Piedt’s first ball – who expected spin to be the weapon of choice in South Africa? England were 49-3, but Compton and Taylor have steadied the ship. I’m really hoping they do well, as they are both excellent players who have been badly treated by the England selectors, and I’d like them to prove their worth.