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Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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    Ollie Pope

    As Dan suggests, it's England fans that are by far the happier again. Whisper it but England are starting to look like a Test team again.

    If you missed any of a special day then head over here. Don't forget that later you will be able to download the TMS Podcast to hear from Aggers, the Cricket Social team and Ollie Pope.

    We'll be back tomorrow at 07:45 GMT. See you then.

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    Daniel Norcross

    The Cricket Social

    If the roles were reversed here, there would be a sigh of expectant misery from England fans at 60-2.

  3. Rabada 'shouldn't have done it'

    South Africa coach Mark Boucher, speaking to Sky Sports, on Kagiso Rabada's ban: "KG has got a bit of history about these sort of things. He shouldn't have done it, which is not great for us because he is a world-class performer.

    "The rules of today's cricket have changed. You want to keep him nice and aggressive, but he understands the rules and shouldn't have gone too close to celebrate. He didn't look at Joe Root. but it's how you interpret the law. The rules are there and you've got to abide by them.

    "KG is at hhis best when he's nice and aggressive. (We need to) get him to run to square-leg rather than towards the batter. We've got to maybe have a conversation with him.

    "We were very aggressive on the field in our day, and you can't say or do much these days. You can't even celebrate."

  4. 'I can take a lot of confidence from this'

    More from England's Ollie Pope on Sky Sports: "Me and Stokesy were just trying to carry on from last night. We wanted to push to 350 and 400 and luckily got a good partnership. The way he played was awesome.

    "I have hit couple of fifties which at the time I was really happy with but to get the first one under my belt is a nice thing to have. It is the same as my first one for Surrey. It is a good bench mark to build from. I can take a lot of confidence from it.

    "The way Bessy bowled and the response he got out of pitch was awesome. The way Woody bowled is really exciting. We have got the firepower to go and take 20 wickets in this game. Hopefully the weather can hold off."

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    South Africa coach Mark Boucher on Sky Sports: "It's been a tough one. We were found wanting a bit with our skills. By the time we pulled it back, the game was out of our grasp. Stokes played really well and Pople was exceptional at the end.

    "Yesterday we toiled hard. It was a sweaty day. It does take its toll."

  6. 'A pretty special moment'

    England batsman Ollie Pope, speaking to Sky Sports: "Amazing. I was just saying I was lucky enough to watch Sibley get his hundred last week and Foakesy [Ben Foakes] in Sri Lanka and I thought 'what a feeling that must be'. When the ball went over the boundary it was a pretty special moment.

    Does the success of other players inspire you? "Absolutely. Last week when Sibs got it I couldn't be happier for him. Looking up in the dressing room and seeing the boys' faces is a really nice feeling. It does inspire you."

    Ollie Pope
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    It is now absolutely pouring down in Port Elizabeth. They got off just in time.

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    Ruth Rebecca Jones: Well, that was fun and yet still some moaners on here. I suspect they would have criticised Bradman for failing to average 100 and WG Grace for his beard.

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    Graham Onions

    Former England bowler on The Cricket Social

    I don't think Faf had a particularly great day. But if bowlers don't execute their plans, there's not much you can do. It has almost been role reversal for Root.

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    Vikram Solanki

    Ex-England batsman on The Cricket Social

    Pope makes good decisions. He reflects on mistakes, he's honest with himself and he works very hard on his game. He gleans any bit of experience from any experienced players - and uses that as a bank of knowledge.

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    I say Ollie Pope will take all of the plaudits but don't forget about Ben Stokes' hundred. He's the best player in the world right now.

    The building blocks of England's new era are falling into place.

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    Ollie Pope will take all of the plaudits today. He scored 135 not out from 226 balls in a brilliant first Test hundred. I'm in no doubt it'll be the first of many.

    Pope showed plenty of class and a skill. He defended when needed and played most of the shots in the book.

    A youngster came of age.

    Ollie Pope
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    Daniel Norcross

    The Cricket Social

    England haven't unearthed a star for quite some time. I suppose Joe Root was the last debutant who you thought would be around the team for a long time.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Port Elizabeth

    England are way ahead of the game. South Africa are in trouble. As long as there isn't too much rain over the next three days, it is going to be cooler, there will be cloud around and there will be much more friendly bowling conditions.

  15. Post update

    So it turns out Zubayr Hamza only had to hang on for three more balls to make it to the close. England were unspectacular with the ball in that session but Dom Bess crucially picked up those two wickets.

    England are well in command of the match.

  16. Close of play - SA 60-2

    Trail by 439

    Ollie Pope leads England off on the day he scored his maiden Test century. Chris Silverwood looks very pleased on the balcony as he applauds and so he should be.

    This has been a very good day for England.

  17. Bad light stops play

    The rain is starting to fall too. The umpires have had enough.