Stuart Broad took three wickets on day two to put England on top in the first Test against South Africa.
England’s senior seamer, in the absence of James Anderson, bowled Stiaan van Zyl with the second ball of South Africa’s reply, and then got the big wickets of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers.
Dean Elgar was the only Proteas batsman who could resist the 29-year-old. The opener battled hard to reach 67 not out as the hosts closed on 137-4 in Durban, 166 behind England’s first-innings total.
The tourists had earlier collapsed from 196-4 to 267-9. Nick Compton top scored with 85 on his return to the side while Ben Stokes (21) and Jonny Bairstow (41) made starts but could not go on.
Only a 36-run partnership for the final wicket between Broad (32*) and Steven Finn (12) pushed England to a final score of 303. Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn ended with four wickets apiece.
Van Zyl went immediately, misjudging a leave, and Amla followed soon after, caught behind for seven.
De Villiers was making serene progress before Broad found his outside edge to send him back for 49.
Moeen Ali chipped in by bowling the reckless Faf du Plessis for two in the final hour of the evening session. Temba Bavuma (10 not out) came together with Elgar to see South Africa through to stumps.
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