Dale Steyn picked Alastair Cook for zero    Getty Images
Dale Steyn picked Alastair Cook for zero Getty Images

England going into tea have fightback after having lost 3 wickets making just 77 runs in 28 overs in the day. England are placed well going tea at 121/ 3. England going into tea have James Taylor and Nick Compton trying to play out of their skins. Taylor and Compton have also brought up their 50 run partnership for the fourth wicketm adding 72 runs . England have made a nice comeback with Compton and Taylor. This session has mostly belonged to South Africa as they have picked up key wickets at crucial wickets. Alex Hales got out in the very first over of the session as Dale Steyn picked him up for 10. Joe Root looked nice in his 37 ball 24 surviving fast and quick bowling. Root got out first ball to Dane Piedt, who was into his first over of the match. Root trying to nudge one of the pads misses a straight ball. Steyn has been the most successful bowlers picking up 2 wickets in his 7 overs. The first session was more stop-start session with rains and thunders. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs England, 1st Test at Durban

The morning session belonged to South Africa with Dale Styen picking up England captain Alastair Cook for a duck. Nick Compton who came in at no.3 has looked settled in his 45 ball stay. Hashim Amla had won the toss and elected to bowl on a greenish looking pitch and clouds hovering over the stadium. England before the match decided to pick Alex Hales in the XI , playing his first Test. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: South Africa vs England, 1st Test at Durban, Day 1

South Africa and England face-off in the first of four Tests between two evenly-match teams, both seeking a return to winning ways. South Africa were trounced 3-0 by India recently in their biggest setback since becoming the top-ranked Test team in 2012, while England were beaten 2-0 by Pakistan in the UAE in their most recent series. Both teams will relish a return to more familiar conditions after struggling on slow, spin-friendly pitches during their defeats. The absence of leading bowler James Anderson because of a calf strain is a major blow to England at a ground where swing bowlers often prosper, while the return to action after injury of Dale Steyn is a boost for South Africa.

 

Brief Scores:

England 121 for 3 ( James Taylor 41*, Nick Compton 40*; Dale Steyn 2 for 21) vs South Africa

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