Ben Stokes celebrates after dismissing Stiaan van Zyl for 21 off 47 deliveries © Getty Images
Ben Stokes celebrates after dismissing Stiaan van Zyl for 21 off 47 deliveries © Getty Images

South Africa reached a score of 73 for the loss of one wicket at lunch on Day 1 of the third Test against England at Johannesburg on Thursday. Dean Elgar ambled his way to 28 off 83 balls, with former skipper Hashim Amla for company at the other end of the crease on 15 off 32 balls. England’s only success in the morning session at the Wanderers so far was when Ben Stokes managed to remove struggling opening batsman Stiaan van Zyl for a score of 21 off 47 deliveries, getting a top-edge off a half-hearted pull that resulted in an easy catch for wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. Elgar and Amla however, batted responsibly to ensure no further dismissals for South Africa after losing their first wicket with 44 on board. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 3rd Test at Johannesburg, Day 1

South Africa earlier won the toss, and the newly-appointed skipper AB de Villiers did not waste any time in electing to bat first. While the England team for the penultimate Test of the four-match series remain unchanged, the Proteas opted for an all-seaming attack by bringing in Hardus Viljoen in place of Dane Piedt, in addition to the pace attack that consists of Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 3rd Test at Johannesburg, Day 1

The only other change for South Africa was that of Dane Vilas coming in place of regular wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, who suffered a freak accident ahead of the start of play on Thursday. Vilas had to be flown in from Port Elizabeth on an emergency basis. Vilas had missed out on the start of the match, and was seen arriving at the venue well after the start of the South African innings.

Meanwhile, de Villiers has been appointed as the South African Test skipper after Amla resigned from the position following the second Test at Cape Town. The second match saw South Africa post a much better comeback after a 241-run drubbing in the first Test at Durban. The highlight of the match was Ben Stokes’s blazing 258, during which he hit the second-fastest Test double-ton of all time as England finished on 629. Hashim Amla (201) then followed it up with a double-ton of his own, before Temba Bavuma (102 not out) became the first black South African cricketer to hit a Test century.

Brief scores:

South Africa 73 for 1 (Dean Elgar 28*, Stiaan van Zyl 21; Ben Stokes 1 for 12) vs England.

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