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South Africa 313, England 27-2

England managed to get the overnight pair out fairly quickly this morning, but the tail still put on 46 before Cook caught Morkel at slip off the first ball of Stokes, who was finishing off Anderson’s over after the latter was banned for running on the pitch.

Bairstow let through a few byes, and missed a catch late on, but he managed to take six of the catches in the innings, plus effect a run-out, so definitely comes out in credit. In other “interesting” stats, it was the only time every batsman has made double figures lower than fifty in Tests, the lowest score when everyone made at least 10 and the highest when no-one made 50. So I’m told.

England then came out for thirteen overs and made batting look really hard. New boy with an unpronounceable name, Hardus Viljoen, took Cook’s wicket with his first ball in Test cricket thanks to a superb catch by last-minute replacement keeper Vilas. At least we’ve got good old Compton at the crease now to stop the rot.

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