South Africa vs England LIVE: Joe Root’s side look to recover from predictable collapse

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South Africa vs England LIVE: Joe Root’s side look to recover from predictable collapse as hosts aim to extend 175-run lead

  • Sorry England bowled out for 181 in pursuit of South Africa’s 284 in Centurion 
  • Vernon Philander takes four wickets as England collapses from decent position
  • Kagiso Rabada pitched in with three wickets as tourists struggled with pitch
  • England take four wickets as they bid to restrict the South African lead 

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England were bundled out for 181 by South Africa as they lost control of a Boxing Day Test which accelerated wildly towards a conclusion with 15 wickets on day two.

Responding to the Proteas’ 284 all out, the tourists found themselves comprehensively outmatched by the inspired seam duo of Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander as they conceded a 103-run deficit.

On a Centurion pitch that has strongly favoured the bowlers, and which shows no signs of settling down, that could well prove a decisive margin but England pacemen did their best to fight fire with fire.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson both struck early before Jofra Archer picked up two, leaving South Africa 175 ahead on 72 for four at stumps. Archer was involved in late drama, risking removal from the attack with two high full-tosses at nightwatchman Anrich Nortje – only being spared when square-leg umpire Paul Reiffel saw his no-ball signal from square-leg over-ruled by Chris Gaffaney. 

Join Sportsmail’s JONATHAN SPENCER for full live commentary of the third day from 7.30am on Saturday morning.

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