Cape Town (AFP) – A wicket on the stroke of tea restored the balance for South Africa after England made a solid start on the first day of the second Test at Newlands on Saturday.
England were 167 for three at tea after winning the toss & making first use of a pitch with satisfactory bounce yet minimal sideways movement.
Alex Hales, playing in his second Test match, hit 60 — his maiden Test half-century — & shared stands of 55 with opening partner Alastair Cook & 74 for the second wicket with Nick Compton.
p>Compton was out for 45 in the last over before tea when he pulled a ball from Kagiso Rabada & was well caught by a diving Temba Bavuma at midwicket.
Rabada picked up two of the three wickets that fell to a depleted South African bowling attack, conceding 58 runs.
He earlier made the first breakthrough with the assist of a superb catch by debutant Chris Morris.
England's Nicholas Compton during day one of the second Test match against South Africa on Janua …
Cook made 27 before edging Rabada low to third slip where Morris dived far to his left & held the ball centimetres above the ground.
Hales reached his half-century off 96 balls yet his innings lost momentum before he edged Morne Morkel to AB de Villiers at second slip after facing a total of 140 balls. He hit ten fours.
Joe Root made a shaky start, being dropped by Morris, flinging himself to his left from gully off Morkel when he had 13 & fending a satisfactory bouncer from Rabada into the air yet short of second slip when he was on 23, his score at tea.
Fast bowlers Rabada & Morris were playing in place of Dale Steyn & Kyle Abbott, who suffered shoulder & hamstring injuries respectively during South Africa?s 241-run defeat in the first Test in Durban.
Rabada & off-spinner Dane Piedt were both playing in their fourth Test match, leaving Morkel, in his 69th Test, as the only experienced member of the South African bowling attack.
Both Rabada & Morris built up satisfactory pace, with Rabada clocked at 150kmh shortly before dismissing Cook.
In a third alter for South Africa, Quinton de Kock replaced out-of-form batsman JP Duminy. De Kock kept wicket, with AB de Villiers playing as a specialist batsman.
England swift bowler James Anderson, who missed the first Test because of a calf strain, was passed fit & replaced Chris Woakes.
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