SA vs England: Day 1 wrap

England won the toss and elected to bat on day one of the second test in the Mother City.

A wrap of the first day, England won the toss & elected to bat on day one of the second test in Cape Town on Saturday 2 Jan 2016. Picture: @OfficialCSA via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Chris Morris made his debut for the Proteas, with wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock and Kagiso Rabada also returning to the line-up.

JP Duminy, Kyle Abbott and Dale Steyn made way while for tourist record wicket taker James Anderson returned after injury, in place of Chris Woakes.

England openers Alex Hales and Alastair Cook looked very comfortable on batsman friendly wicket. The pair got England to the 50 mark without much fuss regularly dispatching any loose deliveries offered up by the hosts bowling attack.

With the score at 55, debutant Chris Morris pulled off a stunning catch to get rid of Cook for 27 off the bowling of Rabada.

Nick Compton and Hales took the English safely to lunch at 76/1 thereafter they continued their partnership frustrating the hosts with Hales notching up his maiden test match half century.

The two put on a 74 run partnership before Morne Morkel got Hales after another brilliant catch in the slip cordon this time by AB de Villiers.

England looked to consolidate once more when Joe Root joined Compton at the wicket. The tourists seemed in complete control until impressive young fast bowler Kagiso Rabada brought South Africa back into the game with a wicket either side of tea.

England were going along steadily before the Rabada got the wicket Compton for 45 and the James Taylor for a duck.

It was exactly what the Proteas deserved as they worked tirelessly on an unforgiving pitch and Rabada's fiery spell was a reinder of his talent.

Root was joined Ben Stokes and the pair quickly quashed any momentum South Africa had going for them with 66 run partnership. With England once again looking like they were runnings away with things Chris Morris stepped up to claim his first Test match wicket when he got Root caught behind just after reaching his half century.

The hosts wanted to end the end the day on a positive note but Ben Stokes had other ideas as he took the attack to South Africa smashing 11 fours and 1 six as he took the match by the scruff of the neck. Bairstow who finished the day on 39 not out ably assisted Stokes.

Stokes innings puts the English well and truly on top as they finished the day on 317/5.

South Africa will regroup and hope they can capture the last five wickets cheaply as they look to get back into match and the series.