Dean Elgar struck a patient unbeaten fifty to hold South Africa's innings together even as Stuart Broad took three crucial wickets to reduce the hosts to 137 for four with a deficit of 166 runs at stumps on day two of the first Test in Durban.
James Taylor and Nick Compton shared a 125-run stand to rebuild England’s innings after Dale Steyn returned from injury with a splendid three-wicket haul allowing South Africa to restrict the visitors to 179 for four at stumps on a rain dampened day one of the first Test in Durban.
Steven Finn made a strong case for his selection with a four-wicket haul that helped England bowl South Africa A out for 136 runs before Alastair Cook and Alex Hales posted an unbeaten opening stand of 64 runs on the first day of the practice match in Pietermaritzburg.
Junior Dala rattled England with a five-wicket haul on the final day following which a thunderstorm forced the umpires to call off the remainder of the play ending the first tour match in Potchefstroom as a draw.
England's bowlers put in an all-round disciplined performance to bowl out South Africa Invitation XI for 188 runs and end the day with a 381-run lead with seven wickets in hand in the first tour game in Potchefstroom.