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Cook’s ton puts England ahead

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England finished Day 3 at 386 for 5 to get into a first innings lead of 43. Opener Alastair Cook batted patiently to score 118 before edging the second new ball to the slips. The hosts are looking positive with the arrival of Ian Bell who has moved onto 55 which included a majestic six off Harris.

The third day started on a bad note for the tourists when Morne Morkel got a pacy leg cutter to force an edge off Trott. Kevin Pietersen moved confidently to 31 before he missed a full ball in a sweep to get lbw off Harris. After KP’s dismissal, Collingwood joined Cook to defy the charged up Proteas. Paul Collingwood got out on 91 having edged a cut off JP Duminy. The right hander had put on 142 runs for the 4th wicket to bring England back in the game.

Morne Morkel has been the only penetrative bowler for the hosts taking three wickets. The rest of the bowlers looked ordinary on what is a slow and flat batting track.

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