England vs South Africa first Test LIVE: How to listen to commentary of day three as Joe Root’s men search f

It’s day three in Centurion where England continue the first Test against South Africa in need of something special to avoid defeat.

And talkSPORT 2 will bring you all the action live where the hosts look likely to build a commanding lead following an all-too-familiar batting collapse from the tourists on day two.

The series against the Proteas is exclusively live across the talkSPORT network this winter, with special guest Kevin Pietersen part of our tour team.

Curran took four for 57 on the first day of the first Test

Curran took four for 57 on the first day of the first Test

England will play four Test matches, three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals against South Africa, with the first Test beginning on December 26.

Joe Root’s men were bowled out for just 181 yesterday in response to South Africa’s 284 and the hosts had already established a 175-run lead by the close of play.

England took four wickets, though, and will need to find the other six quickly to stand any chance of victory.

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 two begins with Mark Butcher at 7am UK time, with the action set to get 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: Team news

Stokes took his place in England’s team, with his father Ged remaining in a stable but serious condition in hospital.

Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Jack Leach did not travel to the ground as they remain quarantined from the rest of the squad in a bid to contain to the sickness bug which has swept the camp since their arrival.

England captain Joe Root won the toss and made the brave call to bowl first, perhaps persuaded by a light covering of grass on the pitch.

As expected Jonny Bairstow returned in place of Pope and Curran took his part in a five-strong seam attack.

James Anderson earned his 150th cap – the ninth player to do so in Test cricket, the second Englishman after Sir Alastair Cook and the first specialist fast bowler.

Anderson is presented with his 150th Test Match cap by Nasser Hussain

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Anderson is presented with his 150th Test Match cap by Nasser Hussain

Anderson has plenty of fans behind him

Getty Images – Getty

Anderson has plenty of fans behind him

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)