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Alviro Petersen struck a century, but England’s pace attack rallied after South Africa were invited to bat first on day one of the second Investec Test at Headingley Carnegie.

After winning the toss, the hosts, who gave a debut to James Taylor and selected Steven Finn ahead of spinner Graeme Swann, struggled as Petersen and Graeme Smith were each given a life in an opening stand of 120.

However, Andrew Strauss' men bettered their two wickets at the Kia Oval in a 12-over spell that saw Smith, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis - the three batsmen that caused them huge problems in the capital - all depart as the Proteas slipped to 163 for three.

Petersen and AB de Villiers regained control of the situation with a fourth-wicket partnership of 97 until Stuart Broad removed the latter and Finn bowled nightwatchman Dale Steyn.

Alviro Petersen

Petersen, who rode his luck on several occasions, batted out the entire day and reached 124 off 266 deliveries as the tourists closed on 262 for five.

Finn’s inclusion in a four-man pace battery influenced Strauss’ decision to field first, but that looked to have backfired as South Africa’s openers comfortably negotiated the new ball.

Petersen, on 29, took advantage of Alastair Cook’s drop at second slip off James Anderson - a position usually occupied by Swann - to race to his half-century from 78 balls.

Smith was also given a reprieve on six when he edged into the slips off a dead ball from Finn, who continued to break the stumps with his knee on his approach to the crease.

However, Smith’s dismissal, which saw the Proteas skipper flick Tim Bresnan to Ian Bell at backward square-leg to depart for 52, sparked a mini collapse.

Bresnan also had a hand in Amla’s dismissal three overs later, dispatching a pinpoint throw to Matt Prior, who eventually dislodged the bails with the right-hander out of his ground.

Strauss’ side then looked to seize the initiative when Cook made up for his earlier error by holding on to Jacques Kallis’ edge in the cordon to give Anderson his first scalp.

Yet either side of a 90-minute rain delay, de Villiers and Petersen played watchfully, with the latter producing an emphatic pull for four to complete his fourth Test century, off 215 balls, in style.

Finn had an lbw decision against Petersen dismissed after a successful review from the right-hander, but he and Broad were able to give England some late impetus.

Broad bowled de Villiers, via an inside edge for 47, and Steyn was cleaned up by Finn for a duck.

Evening session

7:30pm - STUMPS - SA 262/5; Petersen 124, Rudolph 1 - An excellent last over from Broad almost brings a wicket, with Petersen playing and missing twice. That was an absorbing day of Test match cricket that probably ends with the honours even.

AB de Villiers

7:26pm - WICKET! Steyn b Finn 0; SA 259/5 - The nightwatchman has his stumps rearranged by Finn as England finish strongly. Jacques Rudolph has to survive the last couple of overs.

7:12pm - WICKET! de Villiers b Broad 47; SA 254/4 - Broad ends de Villiers' impressive knock after the right-hander drags onto his own furniture. Big bonus for England. Nightwatchman Dale Steyn strides out to the middle.

7:08pm - REVIEW - Petersen is given out lbw to Finn but, after reviewing the decision, carries on his innings as HawkEye shows the ball is travelling over the top.

7pm - DROPPED CATCH - The new ball almost brings an instant reward for England as Broad locates de Villiers' edge, only to see a diving Anderson grass a tough opportunity at second slip.

6:50pm - Finn switches ends again and is dispatched to the boundary on two occasions by de Villiers. He then hits back by producing a ferocious bouncer that has de Villiers in all sorts of trouble.

6:37pm - Luck has been on Petersen's side today and another inside edge, this time off Bresnan, races to the vacant fine-leg boundary. The tourists are bossing proceedings again.

6:22pm - De Villiers has gone back into his shell now, picking up a single to end a spell of 22 balls without a run. England now require Jonathan Trott's occasional medium pace. A couple through backward point helps the fourth-wicket pair extend their stand past 50.

Alviro Petersen

6:14pm - CENTURY! Petersen (215b 11x4 0x6) - Petersen hooks Broad emphatically to the ropes to bring up his fourth Test century and South Africa's 200 in the process.

6:07pm – England are bowling tightly now and only one run comes from the previous five overs. Still no sign of that fourth wicket yet though!

5:46pm - Petersen is nine away from three figures after cutting Bresnan, who has replaced Anderson, for four before the White Rose seamer beats the outside edge with a snorter.

5:42pm - James Anderson draws the edge from Petersen, but the ball lands before it arrives at the slip cordon. De Villiers is taking a liking to Finn, driving exquisitely through the covers.

5:30pm - De Villiers greets a Finn full toss with the respect it deserves, picking up two after punching it past mid-on. In the Middlesex seamer's next over, the right-hander sweetly cuts to the point boundary. Great shot.

5.17pm - AB de Villiers and Alviro Petersen are playing watchfully after the rain interruption, with Steven Finn now operating from the Rugby Stand End. Petersen miscues a hook to fine-leg to move 18 runs shy of a century.

4:50pm - Good news from the middle is that play will resume in 20 minutes. The umpires are happy with the state of the surface and there will be a further 35 overs to be bowled. Play can continue until 7pm with the option of a further 30 minutes.

4:37pm - It's brightening up here and the covers are getting taken off. The umpires will now inspect the conditions.

4:17pm - The rain is still falling in Leeds and the covers are on.

Afternoon session

Watch the highlights of the afternoon session at Headingley Carnegie

3:37pm - RAIN STOPS PLAY - TEA - South Africa 163/3; Petersen 76, de Villiers 4 - Just as AB de Villiers looked to have lit the ground up with a crunching drive for four, the rain closes in and the players take an early tea. The groundstaff apply the covers quickly.

3:27pm - WICKET! Kallis c Cook b Anderson 19; SA 157/3 - I must have cursed him! Cook makes up for his earlier error, holding on low down in the cordon after Kallis slashed at a wide Anderson delivery.

3:21pm - Kallis looks at his fluent best, rocking back to cut through backward point, while Petersen seems to have slowed as England's bowlers look for some movement under the cloud cover sweeping in over LS6.

3:10pm - Jacques Kallis is digging in after the two quick dismissals, the right-hander hitting Bresnan for three fours in an over. The latter, a top-edge to fine-leg, brings up the South Africa 150.

Hashim Amla & Matt Prior

2:46pm - WICKET! Amla run out Bresnan 9; SA 132/2 - That's how you get Amla out! The batsmen attempted to run a third after a Trott misfield, but a complete lack of communication left Amla short of his ground when Prior took the bails off following a fantastic throw from Bresnan.

2:37pm - England almost have their second wicket in as many overs, only for a Stuart Broad delivery to cut Amla in half and race past the outstretched Matt Prior for four. Chance.

2:29pm - WICKET! Smith c Bell b Bresnan 52; SA 120/1 - Yorkshire seamer Tim Bresnan, two balls into his second spell, delights his home crowd as Smith flicks to Bell straight behind square to depart. A soft dismissal for the Proteas skipper after he dug in admirably this morning. England finally have some momentum. Here comes Hashim Amla, who is partial to a run or two on English soil!

2:22pm - FIFTY Smith (91b 4x4 0x6) - Finn attempts another short-pitched delivery, but Smith is onto it quickly and pulls it down to fine-leg to pass 50.

2:15pm - Smith guides one through backward point for four before the crowd are woken up as a fierce Finn bouncer just evades a ducking Smith.

2:03pm - CENTURY PARTNERSHIP - Smith follows a drive with a square cut to the boundary off Finn as South Africa go past three figures, which completes the century partnership between Smith and Alviro Petersen. Fine work by the openers after they were inserted.

1:55pm - Graeme Smith hits Steven Finn to the cover boundary after the restart, but is denied the chance to add to his score as the bails are dislodged at the bowler's end. Dead balls are unsettling Finn's rhythm, with South Africa's openers continuing to impress.

Morning session

Watch the highlights of the morning session at Headingley Carnegie

1pm - LUNCH! South Africa 84/0; Smith 24, Petersen 59 - A perfect session for the tourists after losing the toss. With only two wickets claimed in the opening Test, England have again had problems despite selecting a four-man pace battery and will need to strike quickly in the afternoon session.

12:55am - South Africa look comfortable here as they continue to silence the crowd. Nothing has gone according to plan for the hosts so far, with the dropped catch by Cook and wicket off a dead ball from Finn proving costly.

12:36pm - Smith crunches Finn for four, only to see umpire Steve Davis call another dead ball. However, the left-hander ends his 42-ball wait for a boundary with a sweetly-timed drive through the covers off Bresnan.

12:29pm - FIFTY! Petersen (78b 7x4 0x6) - Petersen guides one through the slips for two before pulling Bresnan for consecutive boundaries to reach his half-century. England frustrated.

Steven Finn, Steve Davies, Andrew Strauss & Tim Bresnan

12:23pm - South Africa have cashed in on England's decision to field first, with Petersen and Smith reaching their half-century stand. The former, given a life earlier, has dominated with 40. Things are going well for the Proteas this morning; they have just pipped Great Britain to gold in the men's lightweight fours rowing at the Olympic Games.

12:17pm - Finn continues to break the bails with his knee and, after the earlier incident, the umpire keeps calling dead ball. Petersen almost gets in trouble as he sees a mis-timed pull land safely. The crowd show their appreciation for Tim Bresnan as the Yorkshire all-rounder replaces Anderson at the Rugby Stand End.

12:02pm - A disappointing session so far for England, who have had a couple of chances to dismiss both openers. South Africa will be pleased with their morning's work as they reach drinks on 41 without loss after 14 overs.

11:51am - There’s confusion here as Finn has Smith caught by Andrew Strauss at first slip, only for the umpire to call a dead ball after the paceman collided with the stumps for the fifth time in his spell.

11:46am - DROPPED CATCH - Anderson produces a brilliant delivery to Petersen that locates the edge, only for the ball to go between third slip and gully. Then, the right-hander is given a life as Alastair Cook grasses a simple opportunity at second slip, which is usually the position taken by Graeme Swann. An excellent over from Anderson that deserved a wicket.

11:45am - Finn has had the bails off, unfortunately at the wrong end as he crashes his knee into the stumps twice in his first over on his approach to the crease.

Alviro Petersen

11:40am - Petersen, who made a duck at the Oval, is playing watchfully and starving his skipper of the strike. He has played his shots on merit and a lovely flick from Petersen brings another boundary as England struggle to make early inroads. Anderson gets one to take off to Smith, who fends it away uncomfortably and then inside edges down to fine-leg for a couple. Finn, replacing Broad at the Kirkstall Lane End, is into the attack and bowling quick!

11:25am - Petersen and Smith are untroubled so far, with the former - despite looking nervy early on - leaving the ball with ease. England’s fielding looks sharp as Broad and Jonathan Trott produce full-length dives to stop certain boundaries. But, in the next set of six, Petersen comfortably crunches Broad through cover before flicking the paceman to the square-leg rope.

11:10am - Graeme Smith flicks through square for a single before Petersen slashes loosely at a wide Broad delivery and fails to connect. The right-hander, on the drive again, then inside-edges down to fine-leg. Good start from Broad, who has produced a touch of swing.

11:05am - Alviro Petersen is squared up by James Anderson, but manages to edge low down to the vacant third-man rope to bring his and South Africa’s first boundary. Stuart Broad is handed the new ball at the other end ahead of Steven Finn.

Pre-play news

11am - England take the field and are closely followed by Smith and Petersen. Jerusalem belts out of the speakers and the Yorkshire faithful are ready for the first over from Lancastrian James Anderson.

Andrew Strauss & Steven Finn

10:55am - Strauss has put faith in his bowlers despite their troubles in the first Test and will be looking for early breakthroughs to stamp their authority on the game. Alviro Petersen will be under pressure to perform for the visitors following his cheap dismissal in the opener.

10:50am - Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan will represent his country on his home ground, while South Africa middle-order batsman Jacques Rudolph has fond memories of Leeds following a successful five-year spell with the White Rose.

10:45am - The last time England left out a spinner was in 2003 against South Africa at Headingley when they fielded five seamers in a heavy defeat!

England: Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, James Taylor, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson.

South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Jacques Rudolph, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.

10:30am - ENGLAND WIN TOSS AND BOWL FIRST - Strauss calls correctly and sticks South Africa in on a wicket that has a tinge of grass. Interesting selection for England as off-spinner Graeme Swann is left out of the starting line-up for the first time in three and a half years. Middlesex paceman Finn is handed a place following his recent fine form as England opt for four seamers, while Taylor makes his debut at number six. The tourists are unchanged.

10:25am - Like England, South Africa have had to make one change to their squad after Albie Morkel, originally a replacement for injured fast bowler Marchant de Lange, was ruled out with an ankle problem. Former Lancashire all-rounder Francois du Plessis has been called for, while captain Graeme Smith - a first-innings centurion in his 100th Test at the Oval - has rejoined his team-mates after returning home for the birth of his first child.

James Taylor

10:15am - England team director Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss have had time to assess their side’s failings in the capital, which saw them take just two wickets to the Proteas’ 20. Will the duo stick with their tried and tested tactics or be forced to add further firepower? Well, it looks as though it will be the former as Mike Atherton appears to have handed Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor, given his maiden call-up to the five-day side due to the unavailability of Ravi Bopara, his Test cap on the outfield. Pacemen Steven Finn and Graham Onions are also waiting in the wings for a recall.

10:05am - Following their innings defeat at the Kia Oval, England will be looking for a major reaction as they attempt to level the three-match series. As for South Africa, a second successive victory would see them win the rubber and replace the hosts at the top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings. The all-important toss will take place in around 25 minutes.

10am - Good morning and welcome to’s live coverage of the second Investec Test between England and South Africa at Headingley Carnegie. The players are out in the middle warming up and the ground is smothered in sunshine.

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