Strauss steadies England reply

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Andrew Strauss, left, and Alastair Cook put on 65 for the opening wicket
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Andrew Strauss, left, and Alastair Cook put on 65 for the opening wicket

England negotiated a rain-shortened third morning of the second Investec Test, for the loss of only Alastair Cook.

Captain Andrew Strauss survived 12 overs before the forecast rain arrived to help his team turn their start-of-play 48 for none into a lunchtime 80 for one against South Africa at Headingley.

That amounted to an acceptable start, in reply to 419 all out as England try to battle back from 1-0 down in this three-match series.

Cook went to DRS, after being hit in front as he pushed forward to Vernon Philander. However, Steve Davis' lbw verdict was vindicated when Hawk-Eye confirmed the ball pitched on leg-stump and straightened to hit middle halfway up and end the opening stand on 65.

Heavy showers were forecast to threaten all day. They held off for almost an hour, before the first downpour arrived - and ended the morning session.

With rain still falling half-an-hour later, it was announced an early lunch would be taken at 1230pm.

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