Alastair Cook’s admirable 82 not out dragged England to 171 for four after another examination from Vernon Philander on a rain-affected day
The umpires have given up the ghost and announced the close of an excellent if truncated day’s play, in which the admirable, oldfangled virtues of Alastair Cook and Vernon Philander stood out. Cook’s respectful unbeaten 82 means England have emerged relatively unscathed from what could have been a very messy day, and sets the match up beautifully. Thanks for your company. This thing of ours resumes at 11am tomorrow. See you then.