Day 1 of the 3rd Test belonged to England

After managing 3 wickets in the first 2 sessions, the visitors hit back, restricting SA to 267/7 at stumps.

Proteas batsman, Hashim Amla. Picture: CSA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Proteas won the toss and chose to bat first, a decision they failed to capitalise on.

England are in control of the third Test at the Wanderers. After only managing three wickets in the first two sessions, the visitors hit back, restricting South Africa to 267/7 at stumps.

Coming into the test with the momentum of Newlands that was expected from the Proteas lineup, unfortunately they failed to deliver, with multiple batsmen getting starts but not converting.

Not one batsman registered half century, with Dean Elgar scoring 46, Hashim Amla scored 40, while captain AB de Villiers could only manage 36 as South Africa gave away their wickets cheaply.

Ben Stokes finished with 2/53 while Steven Finn ended the day with 2/50. English bowling Coach Otis Gibson says it was a day of mixed emotion for the team.

"Yeah, there's obviously a little bit of frustration, we probably could have gotten more, but to have them seven down on the first day of the test match is quite pleasing."

Elgar described the pitch as tough as a tough one to get in on, saying the Proteas are satisfied with 267/7 at stumps.

"I think maybe one or two wickets too many but I think it's a kind of wicket where you can always lose few in quick succession if you relatively new at the crease.

"All in all I think it was a good day for us, especially being quite a hard-fought session and half upfront. In the end I have to say we'll take the score that we've at the moment."

Despite some soft dismissals, Elgar believes the Proteas aren't far off their target.

"I think if there's a bold figure in my head, I think we're going to look for something that's a little bit above 300. I think that will put us in a really good position, especially after the nature of the wicket might quickened a little bit and play to our favour."