Strauss and Cook begin response steadily
Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook encountered no major problems as England got off to a solid start in reply to South Africa’s 419 all out on day two of the second Investec Test at Headingley Carnegie.
Alviro Petersen continued to keep the hosts’ bowlers at bay this morning and, although he became one of Stuart Broad’s three victims for 182, JP Duminy took the Proteas past 400 with an unbeaten 48.
South Africa's pacemen were wayward early on, with Strauss and Cook - who were unbeaten on 19 and 20 respectively - taking the hosts to 48 without loss before bad light and rain forced a premature end to the day's play.
England required early wickets this morning to justify their decision to field first yesterday. Although James Anderson and Stuart Broad applied the pressure with three consecutive maidens each, sensible batting from Petersen and Jacques Rudolph kept them at bay.
England thought they had got rid of Petersen - dropped on 29 by Cook at slip yesterday - when he was adjudged lbw off Anderson, only for the opener to use a review and see the decision overturned.
The sixth-wicket pair had taken their defiant stand to 59 when Kevin Pietersen's second delivery had Rudolph stumped by Matt Prior for 19 after the occasional spinner, England’s only slow option after the omission of Graeme Swann, drew the left-hander out of his crease with a ball that turned.
Petersen’s 365-ball innings came to an end soon after lunch when Broad drew the edge and Cook held on in cordon.
Duminy - demoted to number eight after Dale Steyn came in as nightwatchman last night - looked comfortable at the crease, playing his shots in the company of the tail, who helped put on 44 for the final three wickets.
England did eventually wrap up the innings as Vernon Philander holed out in the deep off Steven Finn before Broad and Anderson had Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir both caught by Cook at second slip.
5:47pm - CLOSE OF PLAY! England 48/0; Strauss 19, Cook 20 - That's it for today as the wet weather wins. England's openers looked comfortable at the crease and will need to replicate their efforts tomorrow morning if they are to bat themselves into a winning position.
5:39pm - The heavens have opened and it's raining heavily here. I can't see the players getting back on the field again tonight!
5:30pm - The ground staff are applying the covers as light rain starts to fall in Leeds. It's also got seriously dark and the umpires are heading back to the pavilion to shelter. If the players don't get back on, the official close of play will be 6:10pm.
5:17pm - BAD LIGHT STOPS PLAY - The umpires are taking the players off for bad light. England have only scored one run in the five overs since the drinks break. Strauss is 19 not out and Cook is unbeaten on 20.
5:05pm - South Africa are showing signs of improving with the new ball, Jacques Kallis beating Cook's bat in his first set of six. The dark clouds are starting to move in, which could see the umpires get their light metres out.
4:50pm - Strauss punishes Philander for an over-pitched delivery, driving him down the ground exquisitely, before repeating the shot off Steyn. The bowler responds with two balls that narrowly miss the outside edge.
4:35pm - It was almost the end for Strauss there as an edge off Philander - now operating from the Rugby Stand End - just drops short of Smith in the slips. Alastair Cook flicks Steyn to fine-leg to get his boundary count up and running.
4:25pm - Morkel and Philander have struggled to work the England openers, who have been happy to leave outside the off stump. That prompts a change from skipper Graeme Smith as Dale Steyn is thrown the ball.
4:10pm - Strauss takes 12 balls to get off the mark before finding his first boundary, a leg-glance off Philander.
3:54pm - Andrew Strauss edges the first delivery of the innings, from Morne Morkel, just short of the slips before four leg-byes get England off the mark. Vernon Philander takes the new ball at the other end.
3:33pm - WICKET! Tahir c Cook b Anderson 0; SA 419 all out - Tahir edges Anderson to give Cook his third catch of the innings to end the afternoon session five minutes early. After losing the toss, South Africa will be delighted with their first-innings 419.
3:30pm - Number 10 Imran Tahir seems to be backing away from the pacemen, while Duminy is two short of a well deserved half-century.
3:19pm - WICKET! Morkel c Cook b Broad 19; SA 414/9 - Morkel's little cameo comes to an end as the left-hander, attempting to go over the top, chips Broad straight to Cook at mid-on.
3:15pm - England have slowed things right down this session, their over-rate could be a concern. Duminy and Morkel are milking the singles all round the wicket. Pietersen is continuing to turn his arm over.
2:58pm - Morkel is producing shots that are more suited to a top-order batsman, this time pulling a fierce Finn bouncer to take his side past 400. Kevin Pietersen appeals for lbw and caught behind in successive deliveries against Duminy, but both shouts were long shots!
2:45pm - South Africa are still picking up easy boundaries, Morne Morkel crunching Bresnan through the covers and Duminy guiding Finn through the gully.
2:35pm - WICKET! Philander c Bresnan b Finn 13; SA 375/8 - Philander hooks Steven Finn straight
to Tim Bresnan, who takes a smart catch inside the rope at deep square-leg.
2:30pm - Philander takes little time to settle, taking Broad for two fours in an over. England are still switched on in the field, with James Taylor's excellent piece of fielding denying Duminy a boundary.
2:20pm - Duminy edges through the slips for four, with Vernon Philander getting off the mark in similar fashion.
2:08pm - WICKET! Petersen c Prior b Broad 182; SA 353/7 - Petersen's 365-ball innings finally comes to an end as Stuart Broad locates the edge and Matt Prior takes the catch. The opener refuses to walk, but a successful review from England sends him on his way.
2pm - South Africa go past 350 before Petersen, suffering from a hamstring strain, inside edges Anderson down to fine-leg. As the batsman completes his single, he receives a few words from the fiery Lancastrian.
1:50pm - Alviro Petersen continues to profit through the vacant gully position, while Stuart Broad gets too much movement and beats JP Duminy’s outside edge.
1pm - LUNCH! SA 336/6; Petersen 170, Duminy 10 - An encouraging start to the session for England was soon stifled by Petersen and Rudolph's stubborn batting. Pietersen's late breakthrough gave the hosts' a welcome lift, but quick wickets are needed after the interval.
12:54pm - Finn thinks he has new batsman JP Duminy caught in the slips, but umpire Steve Davis keeps his finger in his pocket - a good decision as the ball cannoned off the thigh pad. Duminy then takes boundaries off Finn and Pietersen.
12:39pm - WICKET! Rudolph st Prior b Pietersen 19; SA 318/6 - Rudolph fends a Finn short ball through the gully region for four. Strauss then throws the ball to Kevin Pietersen, who gets a beauty to turn past the left-hander’s bat. Matt Prior takes off the bails and the third umpire gives Rudolph out. Will England regret omitting frontline spinner Graeme Swann?
12:31pm - Andrew Strauss moves Alastair Cook out of gully, only for Petersen to guide two successive fours through the vacant position to bring up the fifty partnership with Rudolph and his highest Test score.
12:27pm – Rudolph looks to be getting bogged down, slashing wildly at Finn’s wayward delivery. The left-hander then plays and misses a straight delivery. England are simply not getting the luck their bowling deserves.
12:10pm - Rudolph slashes at a wide Bresnan delivery and is fortunate to see the ball flash past gully for four. England are in desperate need of a wicket and a Petersen single brings up his 150 off 330 balls and South Africa's 300.
11:56am - Rudolph, off the back foot, drives Bresnan through the covers before Steven Finn is introduced at the Kirkstall Lane End after Anderson's economical seven-over spell. Petersen greets the Middlesex seamer with two drives in an over costing 10 runs. Time for a drink!
11:45am - Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan replaces Broad at the Rugby Stand End, much to the appreciation of his home crowd.
11:39am - Petersen takes advantage of the first poor ball of the morning, cutting Anderson to the boundary off the final delivery of the ninth over. A misfield at fine-leg by Jonathan Trott brings Rudolph his first four.
11:27am – What time will we see a run this morning? England are bowling superbly and have now clocked up six consecutive maidens. Pressure is building. There we go, Petersen takes a single into the off side to end his 20-ball spell without a run.
11:16am - REVIEW - Petersen is given out lbw off Anderson. However, the right-hander survives again as he calls for a review and video evidence shows the ball was going over the top. Another let-off for the opening batsman, who then edges just short of the slip cordon and plays and misses the next.
11:15am – South Africa are digging in here and England bowl four maidens on the spin. Broad is bowling aggressively, with an array of short balls to Rudolph.
11:04am – James Anderson ends the opening over perfectly, beating Alviro Petersen’s outside edge with a beauty. Following his impressive spell late last night, Stuart Broad has been thrown the new ball at the other end. Jacques Rudolph to face.
10:58am – Strauss and his troops follow the umpires out into the middle, with Jerusalem in full flow. Petersen and Jacques Rudolph, who knows this ground very well following his impressive five-year spell with Yorkshire, take their guards. Let’s go!
10:50am - The sun is shining in Leeds, which bodes well for what is a vital day in the match. There will be 93 overs bowled today, with play set for a 6:10pm finish.
10:40am - James Anderson was pleased with the outcome of day one, but Strauss’ decision to bowl first is only likely to be justified if his team can dismiss the Proteas for less than 320. Petersen, dropped on 29, will want to add to his unbeaten 124, while England will look to expose South Africa’s lower order, who have yet to experience any time in the middle yet.
10:30am - Hello again from Headingley Carnegie, where England will be looking to carry on where they left off with the new ball last night. After an opening stand of 120 between Alviro Petersen and Graeme Smith, Andrew Strauss’ side rallied to reduce South Africa to 262 for five.