Leeds - Kevin Pietersen romped to a blistering century to lift England to 263
for four on the third day of the second Test against South Africa at
Headingley in Leeds on Saturday.
Earlier England were 183 for four at tea, with Kevin Pietersen, the only batsman able to score with relative freedom, unbeaten on 43.
Cook (24), Andrew Strauss (37) and Jonathan Trott (35) all fell to
disciplined bowling after lengthy but not particularly productive stays
at the crease.
South Africa struck a crucial blow shortly before
the tea interval when Ian Bell was caught at first slip off Jacques
Kallis for 11, leaving Pietersen to rebuild the innings together with
new cap James Taylor, who scored his first runs in Test cricket when he
drove leg-spinner Imran Tahir past mid-off for four in the final over
Strauss and Cook had to combat some hostile bowling in
a morning's play curtailed by rain, which stopped play for an hour and a
Philander made the breakthrough when Cook played around a
straight delivery and was given out leg before wicket by umpire Steve
Davis. Cook unsuccessfully sought a review which showed the ball was
hitting his middle stump.
Strauss was caught behind off Dale Steyn
after a two-and-half hour stay when he pushed at a ball from the fast
bowler to edge a straightforward catch.
Trott batted for two hours before losing patience and flashing at Steyn to be caught at first slip.
Pietersen showed attacking intent from the start of his innings and hit seven fours in reaching 43 off 83 balls by tea.