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South Africa 475 and 121-4, England 342

It’s been an extended first session because we lost time to rain yesterday, and South Africa have lost three wickets for 79 runs. Anderson and Broad were getting a lot of movement earlier on, but the weather has cleared up, the sun has come out and I think they are getting less out of the ball now.

The ground is almost empty: apart from the English tour groups in the grandstand, there can’t be more than a few hundred people here. Most of the little corporate box pavilions are empty, and everyone on the grass bank could have a tennis court of space each. Joanne and I have nabbed a place under the umbrellas to keep out of he sun, which makes the temperature much more comfortable. I’m considering getting a ticket for the Castle Corner area tomorrow – they have weak beer, but also sunshades and a swimming pool on the boundary. I’d like to be able to say I’ve watched a Test from a swimming pool! So keep your fingers crossed this game goes all the way.

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