England v South Africa: Jonny Bairstow hits half century as host dig in

Bairstow hits half century as England dig in after top order wobble

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17:35 GMT, 17 August 2012

Jonny Bairstow's half century saved England after a top order collapse threatened to take the third and final Test out of the hosts hands.

Andrew Strauss was dismissed on the stroke of lunch and Jonathan Trott, Alistair Cook and James Taylor soon followed him back to the pavilion.

But Ian Bell and Bairstow dug in and put on a partnership of 124 to leave England on 208-5 at stumps on day two as they chased South Africa's total of 309.

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Fightback: Ian Bell (left) and Jonny Bairstow (right) put on a partnership of 124 to help England after an early wobble

Fightback: Ian Bell (left) and Jonny Bairstow (right) put on a partnership of 124 to help England after an early wobble

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Finding his feet: Bairstow played well as England looked to chase down South Africa's first innings total

Finding his feet: Bairstow played well as England looked to chase down South Africa's first innings total

First to go: England captain Andrew Strauss was dismissed just before lunch

First to go: England captain Andrew Strauss was dismissed just before lunch

Going to the video: Jonathan Trott reacts as he's given out by the 3rd umpire

Going to the video: Jonathan Trott reacts as he's given out by the 3rd umpire

Short stuff: Ian Bell is hit by a short delivery from South Africa's Morne Morkel

Short stuff: Ian Bell is hit by a short delivery from South Africa's Morne Morkel

Watching on: Strauss, coach Andy Flower, Trott, and Alastair Cook look on from the team balcony after they were dismissed

Watching on: Strauss, coach Andy Flower, Trott, and Alastair Cook look on from the team balcony after they were dismissed

That is out: Morne Morkel takes the wicket of James Taylor

That is out: Morne Morkel takes the wicket of James Taylor