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Summary

  1. Root stumped on 149 off a no-ball; also dropped on 16
  2. Skipper shares in big stands with Moeen (61*) & Stokes (56)
  3. Three wickets for Philander
  4. England won toss; first of four-match series

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By Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

And that's where we leave you for today, many thanks for being with us. Will Joe Root reach his double century? Will he surpass Graham Dowling's 239, the highest score in a first Test as captain, set in 1968? All this and much more will be revealed tomorrow so please join us then. Cheerio now.

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The captain took full advantage of his moments of fortune with some sparkling strokeplay as his team closed the opening day of the series in a healthy position on 357-5. He finished on 184 not out and added a quickfire unbroken 167 in just 32.3 overs with Moeen Ali, who played some typically stylish shots in his 61.

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Remarkably there was another wicket off a no-ball - and even more remarkably it was bowled by left-arm spinner Maharaj, as Root was able to continue on 149.

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Golden Boy Root went on to a superb 12th Test century, his third at Lord's.

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Stokes was eventually dismissed for 56 in the 55th over to leave England on 190-5, ending a partnership of 114 with his skipper.

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Stokes was bowled off his pads by Morne Morkel when on 44, only for the fast bowler to be called for a no-ball.

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Both England batsmen hit sixes as they took the attack to the South Africans.

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Captain Root also found his fluency with an array of assured strokes.

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But after lunch England then began a superb fightback, with big-hitting Ben Stokes quickly finding his touch.

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England slipped to 76-4 shortly before lunch when Jonny Bairstow fell lbw to Philander for 20 in the 23rd over.

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There was another reprieve for the captain when he was on 16 and was dropped in the gully by JP Duminy.

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The review England opted for was a peculiar one as Gary Ballance was shown to be plumb lbw in front of middle stump for 20 on his return to the Test side.

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Root had made only five when he hooked at Rabada. The sub fielder Aiden Markram could have taken a routine catch on the boundary but wandered too far in and the ball went over his head and away for four.

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Keaton Jennings also went cheaply as England decided against a review even though the ball appeared to pitch outside leg stump.

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Let's look back at some of the key moments of the day and former skipper Alastair Cook did not last long, edging Vernon Philander in the fourth over of the morning, having scored only three.

'Worst possible way for Ballance to get out'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

It was the worst possible way for Gary Ballance to get out, similar to how he has before.

Batting at three against this quality you should be oversee that delivery.

I don't like the fact he is batting at three. He didn't bat at three for the Lions and hasn't for Yorkshire. I would have preferred him at five.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

We saw Keaton Jennings in India and he looked a quality player with that 100 in Mumbai.

It is early days for Keaton Jennings. One thing you hear is that he is strong and is potential captaincy material - a leader in the group.

He is a young player learning. I like the way he plays.

The indication to review (for his wicket) has to come from the non-striker. I do think Jennings has game that will keep him around England team for while yet.

South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel:

"It was a very good start but the way we came out after lunch was something we are not very proud of as a bowling unit, there were too many loose deliveries and no-balls. It's costly for us, I can't really put my finger on why, it was just one of those frustrating days. Take nothing away from Joe Root, he rotated the strike really well but the quality of this team is that we will come back and fight."

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Ralph Brooker: England's middle-order, the best 4-7 in world cricket for decades, i.e. since Adam Gilchrist was playing. Frightening.

Small Man Peaky: A crying shame that de Villiers isn't playing in the Test series. Would have been great to see him go head to head with Root.

What is a par score on this wicket?

Joe Root: "Who knows on that wicket? It did seam early on but we fought back really well and we can try to get 450-plus hopefully."

A rather hoarse England captain Joe Root, unbeaten on 184, talking to Sky Sports:

"I rode my luck a but early on fell into place and I managed to capitalise on it. I woke up about 7 played with the youngster for a bit (his young son Alfred), had some brekkie and came here about 9.15 to have a hit. They bowled very well early on and I couldn't get my feet moving but credit to Stokesy and Moeen for the way they played and hopefully we can come back tomorrow and post a really big score.

"It's a nice start, that's all it is, we have to kick on and the good sign for us moving forward is it looks like the surface is a bit dented so we will be in the game with our seamers."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

South Africa were disheveled and ill-disciplined. Their body language has been poor and I have not seen a South Africa team look like it is the end of a tour.

There wasn't an energy about them or a positive attitude and the overrate was appalling.

Rabada had an off day and was a little too wide. Morkel is fragile. When he got the Ballance wicket I thought 'this is it' and he was wayward.

Philander was the pick of the bowlers and the rest of them all had an off day backed up with the fielding.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

The last four England captains have scored 100s in their first match as captain but I don't remember an innings taking the team into such a position of strength from a position of weakness.

He batted like Joe Root and that is the most important thing.

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Ben Henderson: Today shows why Test cricket is the ultimate form. You don't get the same ebb and flow in the other games. Utterly absorbing

The Patio Cricketers: Brilliant stuff from #Rooooootttttttttt England in a fantastic position after day one.

Dave Wood: Fine start to captains Root's tenure. Captain's knock & a run rate over 4 despite a shocking over rate form SA.

It was a terrible start for England having won the toss. It seemed like a repeat of the last time we saw them against South Africa at Lord's in the one-day international in May when they slipped to 20-6 and were all out for 153.

Today they were 76-4 when Jonny Bairstow was out in the 23rd over and reached lunch at 82-4. But the second two sessions of the day produced 275 runs in 62 overs for the loss of only one wicket.

Most runs on 1st day as Test captain: 191 C Hill Aus v SA Sydney 1910 184 J Root Eng v SA Lord's 2017 163 C Lloyd WI v Ind Bangalore 1974

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Adam Hawker: Joe Root runs between the wickets on 150 like he's just come in a T20 game. Even Boycott would struggle to run him out.

Felix Quantrill: Can we just appreciate that Joe Root has been batting all day today, WITH A JUMPER ON.

Arjun Sohanpal: Test match cricket is the best. Start of day - misery. End of day - joy! Best form of cricket there is.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

It has been Root's day and England's day from lunch onwards.

He was a bit nervous at the beginning, the occasion got the better of him when he played one or two iffy shots but quite rightly he is getting a warm round of applause.

Close of play

Eng 357-5 (Root 184, Moeen 61)

There are a few looking worse for wear at the end of a long day, in the crowd, in the field and, in all truth, at the keyboard. Even with the extra half an hour we are three overs short. But what an innings we have seen from Joe Root and the crowd rise to applaud him from the arena, 184 from 227 balls with 26 fours and a six, terrific stuff.

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Jonny Brook: England certainly found their MoJoe in this final session today. Game changing partnership!

Rob Meech: This is a masterclass in batting and stamping his authority on his team. Take a bow, Joe Root

Eng 354-5

Root 182, Moeen 60

Root has faced 219 deliveries but he is still able to play one of the shots of the day, almost exactly seven hours after coming to the crease, a forcing punch off the back foot off Philander that rockets over the rope. Maybe only one more over today, the tourists are not going to be in any hurry, that's for sure.

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Jez Harper: Great to see the run rate high too, similar to the mid 2000s. In those days 440 all out from 100 overs was par vs Aussies.

Eng 345-5

Root 177, Moeen 57

There are a few dark clouds building up behind the Media Centre but I don't think we will have a stoppage in the last few minutes. Rabada strays again and is cut sumptuously to the cover boundary by Moeen.

Eng 340-5

Root 177, Moeen 53

Golden Boy Joe has a record in his sights. It's a fabulous one but I doubt that he knows about it. He is currently the fourth highest scoring batsman on captaincy debut. Graham Dowling of New Zealand holds the record with 239 against India in 1968. Even Joe is not going to be able to do it tonight, we only have 13 minutes remaining.

Eng 339-5

Root 177, Moeen 52

The new ball has done more for the scoring rate than the wickets column and Root collects boundaries on both sides of the wicket as Rabada strays with both his line and length.

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

Root now has the highest score as an England batsman in their first game as captain going past Alastair Cook.

Eng 329-5

Root 168, Moeen 52

Philander shares the new ball and he was the outstanding bowler this morning, taking 3-25 in his first seven overs. A wristy clip from Moeen is hauled in by Rabada on the boundary rope, a rare moment of good fielding from the South Africans in the session, which has so far produced 147 runs.

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

Joe Root now has the second most runs by a captain in his first day as captain. He has just gone past Clive Lloyd and is behind Clem Hill.