England recovered to reach 158-1 at tea on the opening day of the first cricket Test against South Africa after losing captain Andrew Strauss in the first over.
Alastair Cook has scored 69 and Jonathan Trott is on 68 at the Oval in London.
Strauss, who’d won the toss, was trapped leg-before-wicket for no score by Morne Morkel on the fourth ball of the day. Umpire Steve Davis rejected the South Africans’ appeal before Strauss was given out on review.
The visitors failed to build on the early breakthrough and the English batsmen proceeded to add runs at an overage of 3 an over. South Africa captain Graeme Smith, in his 100th Test, has used six bowlers so far.
South Africa, ranked No. 3 in Tests by the International Cricket Council, could leapfrog No. 1 England by winning the three-match series, which also has games at Leeds and at Lord’s in London.