England vs South Africa first Test LIVE: How to listen to commentary of day four as tourists look to pull off

England vs South Africa first Test LIVE: How to listen to commentary of day four as tourists look to pull off

It’s day four in Centurion where England continue the first Test against South Africa in need of something special to secure victory.

Following an all-too-familiar batting collapse from the tourists in their first innings, Joe Root’s men are pursuing a record 376 to save the series opener.

Presented with a target that even dwarfed the 359 Ben Stokes hauled in during his Ashes miracle at Headingley in August, Rory Burns’ focused 77 not out steered England to 121 for one at stumps on day three.

Burns scored an unbeaten half-century to lead the England fightback

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Burns scored an unbeaten half-century to lead the England fightback

England looked out on their feet after two dreadful sessions in which they allowed South Africa to pile on 200 runs for their last six wickets, with illness once again causing major disruption.

Captain Root and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler were both laid low by the sickness bug which has now hit 10 squad members and four backroom staff.

But evening session at SuperSport Park saw England progress methodically as Burns, dropped by Rassie Van der Dussen on 20, forced doubt into the minds of a South African team who nevertheless have 254 runs to play with when the battle resumes this morning.

England vs South Africa: How to listen

Every match of the tour will be LIVE on talkSPORT 2 and you can catch exclusive commentary of the first Test by clicking here.

Coverage of day four begins with Mark Butcher at 7am UK time, with the action getting under way at 8am.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen to talkSPORT 2 click here.

England vs South Africa: Squads

England Test squad: Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope (wk), Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

South Africa Test squad: F Du Plessis (capt), T Bavuma, Q De Kock (wkt), D Elgar, B Hendricks, K Maharaj, P Malan, A Markram, Z Hamza, A Nortje, D Paterson, A Phehlukwayo, V Philander, D Pretorius, K Rabada, R Second (wkt), R Van Der Dussen.

England vs South Africa: Tour dates

December 26-30 1st Test, Centurion (08:00 GMT)

January

3-7 2nd Test, Cape Town (08:30 GMT)

16-20 3rd Test, Port Elizabeth (08:00 GMT)

24-28 4th Test, Johannesburg (08:00 GMT)

31 v SA Invitation XI, Paarl (08:00 GMT)

February

1 v South Africa A, Paarl (08:00 GMT)

4 1st ODI, Cape Town (d/n) (11:00 GMT)

7 2nd ODI, Durban (d/n) (11:00 GMT)

9 3rd ODI, Johannesburg (08:00 GMT)

12 1st Twenty20 international, East London (d/n) (16:00 GMT)

14 2nd Twenty20 international, Durban (d/n) (16:00 GMT)

16 3rd Twenty20 international, Centurion (12:30 GMT)

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