South Africa v England

South Africa v England

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Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

  1. Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Port Elizabeth

    It just shows how pressure can be on everyone. Root so nearly top-edged a sweep to square leg. It shows even Joe Root can feel the pressure.

  • Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Port Elizabeth

    You scratch your head. The field was set. Crawley knows he has given it away. We talk about the importance of a formidable score and both openers have given it away.

    Copyright: Reuters

  • wicket

    WICKET

    Crawley c Van der Dussen b Nortje 44 (Eng 103-2)

    A brilliant catch!

    The Africa plan works and Zak Crawley is on his way. It’s a full ball, Crawley clips off his pads and Rassie van der Dussen takes a screamer behind square on the leg side, diving low to his right.

    Good thinking? Bat batting? Brilliant fielding? All of the above.

    Crawley misses out on a first Test half-century.

    Copyright: Reuters

  • Eng 99-2

    As many as six fielders on the leg side for Nortje bowling to Crawley….

  • Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex- spinner on The Cricket Social

    If you bat like this you earn the right for Stokes and Buttler to get on with it later on.

  • Eng 99-1

    Crawley 40, Denly 12

    Now, this might take us down a different rabbit hole. The strangest situations where you find yourself wearing cricket kit. On tours, a regular forfeit for being daft was having to wear your whites all day, even if we weren’t playing. In the pub, on the beach, the golf course, whatever.

    For what seems like the first time in living memory, Maharaj concedes a run, a single to Crawley.

  • comments

    SMS Message: Not quite driving fully padded up, but I was so excited at getting full kit for Christmas one year that I insisted on wearing it ALL (helmet, box, the works) to the church service that morning. I’m sure the Rev David Sheppard would have approved! from Seb, London

    Not quite driving fully padded up, but I was so excited at getting full kit for Christmas one year that I insisted on wearing it ALL (helmet, box, the works) to the church service that morning. I’m sure the Rev David Sheppard would have approved!

  • Eng 98-1

    But did you take your pads off to do the Morris dancing?

    Nortje bangs the ball in, pushing Denly back, who then isn’t fully forward when Nortje goes fuller. Hard to overstate how gripping this cricket is. The score might not be bumping along, but the bowling is threatening and the batting is good enough to combat it.

  • comments

    SMS Message: I once had to go Morris dancing, directly from being caught at long-on. On completion of the catch I kept on running, into the car and drove off in my pads. The gloves and helmet came off though. from Adam in Winchester

    I once had to go Morris dancing, directly from being caught at long-on. On completion of the catch I kept on running, into the car and drove off in my pads. The gloves and helmet came off though.

  • Eng 97-1

    The joy in watching this spell from Maharaj is the control. When England think it’s too short, it’s actually quicker and scurrying on. When they think it’s too full, the dip drags the ball back to earth as if its on a piece of string. A maiden. Maharaj has conceded only 13 runs from 13 overs, with seven maidens.

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