England edge opening day in Johannesburg

Thursday 14th January 2016
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Written by Danny Painter

England took wickets at regular intervals to have the better of the first day of the third Test against South Africa at the Wanderers.

The tourists recovered from a poor morning session to reduce the home side from 117-1 to 267-7 in Johannesburg, as Steven Finn (2-50) and Ben Stokes (2-53) each took two wickets with Stuart Broad (1-58) and Moeen Ali (1-50) adding one apiece.

Many of the South Africa batsmen wasted starts, but an unbroken stand of 42 between Chris Morris (26 not out) and Kagiso Rabada (20 not out) gave the Proteas a late boost. That took the home side from 225-7, where they were in danger of surrendering, to a position where they could reach a par score of about 300.

England, 1-0 up with this and one match to play, will look for the final three wickets on the second morning, then set about batting long enough to secure a first-innings lead.

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