Day 1 Round-up: Zak Crawley’s maiden Test half-century gave England a strong basis earlier than South Africa struck again on the primary day of the fourth and ultimate Test on the Wanderers Stadium. Holding an unbeatable 2-1 collection lead, England had been 192 for 4 when unhealthy gentle ended a rain-shortened day. England’s youthful opening pair of Crawley (66) and Dom Sibley (39) shared England’s first century opening partnership since 2016 and blunted South Africa’s quick bowlers on a pitch which each captains anticipated to be difficult for batsmen. Crawley, 21, and Sibley, 24, placed on 107 earlier than Sibley was caught down the leg aspect by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to offer new cap Beuran Hendricks his first Test wicket. South Africa claimed three extra wickets to have England at a barely precarious 157 for 4 however captain Joe Root and Ollie Pope took the vacationers safely by means of to the shut in deteriorating gentle.
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Pieter Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma, Dwaine Pretorius, Vernon Philander, Anrich Nortje, Dane Paterson, Beuran Hendricks
England: Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad
Toss: England received the toss and elected to bat first