Sam Curran starred with the ball as England made a promising start against South Africa on the opening day of the first Test in Centurion.

All-rounder Curran impressed with 4-57 as South Africa, asked to bat first, reached 277-9 at the close.

The hosts slipped to 111-5 after some indifferent batting but mounted a recovery through an entertaining 95 from Quinton de Kock.

De Kock and debutant Dwaine Pretorius’ 87-run stand frustrated England before Curran and Stuart Broad (3-52) struck in the evening session.

While England were not at their best with the ball, they took advantage of some poor shots from the South Africa top order.

Source: African News Agency