Durban - Nick Compton and James Taylor shared an unbeaten half-century
partnership as England recovered from a poor start on a rain-hit first
day of the first Test against South Africa at Kingsmead on Saturday.
Live scoring: Proteas v England
England were 121 for three at tea after being sent in to bat.
Compton (40 not out) and Taylor (41 not out) came together with England on 49 for three and added 72 without being parted.
bowler Dale Steyn dismissed English opening batsmen Alastair Cook and
Alex Hales cheaply, while off-spinner Dane Piedt took the wicket of Joe
Root for 24 with his first ball of the match.
After rain delayed
the start, only 27 minutes of cricket was possible before rain brought
an early lunch, while there was a 22-minute rain break during an
extended afternoon's play.
Steyn, who had not played any cricket
since suffering a groin injury on the first day of a series in India on
November 5, found his rhythm almost immediately and had Cook caught at
second slip by Dean Elgar for a duck off the fifth ball of his second
He did not concede a run in the 3.1 overs he bowled before lunch.
new cap Alex Hales got off the mark with a clip to leg for two off the
first ball he faced from Kyle Abbott and looked comfortable at the
crease, although the only ball he faced against Steyn during the morning
was the last delivery before the rain.
When play resumed he faced
only four more balls without adding to his score of ten before edging a
Steyn outswinger to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers.
Root looked busy
at the crease and made 24 off 37 balls, including a pulled six off
Abbott. But he went back on his stumps when Piedt came into the attack
and was trapped leg before wicket by a ball which spun back at him.
He asked for a review of umpire Aleem Dar's decision but replays showed the ball would have clipped the top of his stumps.
breakthrough achieved, South African captain Amla took Piedt off and
brought back Steyn. But Taylor looked confident from the start of his
innings, reaching 41 off 69 balls by tea, while Compton defended solidly
in a 104-ball innings.
The start was delayed by half an hour
after overnight and early morning rain and it was no surprise when Amla
decided to bowl in overcast conditions after he won the toss.
Stiaan van Zyl, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla (captain), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (wk), Temba Bavuma, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Dane Piedt, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel
Alastair Cook (captain), Alex Hales, Nick Compton, Joe Root, James Taylor, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Steven Finn