England v South Africa: Alastair Cook makes 82 not out on opening day

Alastair Cook’s battling 82 held England together on a rain-affected first day of the third Test against South Africa at The Oval.

The former captain guided the home side to 171-4 in the 59 overs that were possible.

He withstood some excellent South Africa bowling, particularly from Vernon Philander, who took 2-17.

England gave Test debuts to three players, with Tom Westley making 25 and Dawid Malan one.

Pace bowler Toby Roland-Jones is included in a bowling attack that is without left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, who was omitted to make way for an extra batsman.

Rain arrived before lunch, during tea and finally, just after 18:00 BST.

The four-match series is level at 1-1.


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