TOP SPIN ON THE TEST: England becomes the first nation to reach 500,000 points, while Faf Du Plessis has lost the pitch seven times in a row!
- The whole morning session around the Wanderers was swept away by bad weather
- Zak Crawley (66) and Dom Sibley (44) worked on a great first-wicket partnership
- England is the first nation to test the 500,000-run mark in their 1,022nd
Bag Crawley and Dom Sibley have taken England to fast start but South Africa fought back to balance the fourth test on the first day in Johannesburg.
The whole morning session with the Wanderers was canceled out by bad weather, but when the game was finally able to get started three hours and 20 minutes later, Crawley (66) and Sibley (44) started an excellent first-wicket partnership worth 107.
Sportsmail look at some figures behind day one in the Wanderers Stadium …
England became the first nation to run the 500,000 mer k passed in their 1,022th test when Joe Root (right) singled to move his side to 186 for four. Australia is second (432.766 in 830 Tests) and India third (273.518 in 540).
England hunts for a first test win without frontline spinner in their line-up since the 2001 Ashes, when part-timers Mark Ramprakash and Usman Afzaal were the only tweakers available in a six-wicket win over Headingley.
Even Shane Warne managed only one wicket in 34.2 overs on that Leeds field.
Joe Denly was put down on four by Pieter Malan and again on 25 by Dwaine Pretorius before Rassie van der Dussen clung to remove the Kent man for 27.
Denly was laid down seven times in Tests since its debut in January 2019, more than any other player at the time.
With the status of Du Plessis as captain in serious doubt, the Nasser Hussain test record of 10 straight losses seems safe for the time being.
Beuran Hendricks became South Africa's fifth test debut in the series on Friday and the left arm is the youngest of the quintet – 29 years old.
Crawley and Sibley ended the series of 72 innings without England a century partnership for the first wicket with a score of 107 riders.
The last time it happened was Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook more than three years ago in Chennai in December 2016 – the longest stretch of England without a century stand.
11 years since England last came to 100 for no battle first in a test – Cook and Andrew Strauss put 196 against Australia at Lord & # 39; s in 2009
Crawley and Sibley now average 53.25 as a pair in four innings together, Roots' most profitable opening partnership for three years as a captain.
Only Cook and Haseeb Hameed (67.60 in five innings) and Cook and Nick Compton (57.93 in 17) have been better in the last decade.
In the three years between the 100-run opening stands in Tests, England had 13 in ODI's.
Crawley is the youngest Kent player who hit 50 in a test for England. On 21 years and 355 days, he beat Colin Cowdrey's 66-year record with just six days.