England recovered to reach 267-3 at stumps on the opening day of the first cricket Test against South Africa after losing captain Andrew Strauss on the fourth ball of the match. Alastair Cook got his 20th Test century.
Cook and Jonathan Trott batted for much of the day, putting on 170 for the second wicket before Trott was caught by stand-in wicketkeeper AB de Villiers for 71. Cook ended the day on 114 not out, with Ian Bell on 10 at the Oval in London.
Kevin Pietersen, South African-born like Strauss and Trott, scored 42 before he fell to a short ball from Jacques Kallis, caught off his glove by De Villiers at 251-3.
Strauss, who’d won the toss, was trapped leg-before-wicket for no score by Morne Morkel. Umpire Steve Davis rejected the South Africans’ appeal before Strauss was given out on review.
South African captain Graeme Smith, in his 100th Test, used six bowlers during the day, with Morkel taking 2-44.
De Villiers was playing as wicketkeeper after Mark Boucher sustained an eye injury earlier this month that led to the end of his international career.
South Africa, ranked the No. 3 Test team in International Cricket Council rankings, could leapfrog No. 1 England by winning the three-match series, which also has games at Leeds and at Lord’s in London.
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