Andre Nel returned to Test cricket in style as the Proteas bundled England out for 231.
England won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a good start with an opening partnership of 68 before Andrew Strauss became Nel’s first victim when a short pitched delivery forced the England opener back onto his own stumps.
‘Gunther’ struck again when he had captain Michael Vaughan caught behind for a duck. Just 6 runs later Jacques Kallis got the important wicket of Kevin Pietersen.
Ian Bell and opener Alastair Cook tried to steady the ship after lunch as the pair put on 62, but Nel struck once more as Cook was caught in the slips.
When Bell finally went for 50 there was little resistance down the order. Andrew Flintoff and Tim Ambrose got a partnership going but Ambrose fell for just 22 and the innings ended in a farce with two run outs in two balls.
England did, however, strike back before the close of play when Graeme Smith pushed at a delivery from Flintoff and was caught at first slip by Strauss.
England first innings – 231 all out
Alastair Cook 76, Ian Bell 50, Andre Nel 3-47, Jacques Kallis, 3-31.
South Africa first innings – 38-1
Neil McKenzie 12*, Paul Harris 10*, Andrew Flintoff 1-4.
South Africa trail by 193 runs