JOHANNESBURG          -             England charged to 100-0 in the first session of the final Test against South Africa on Friday, an ideal start in their quest to clinch the series at the Wanderers. England’s openers profited after a three-hour rain delay and cashed in on lackluster South African bowling. Zak Crawley was 57 not out for his maiden Test half-century and Dom Sibley was 39 not out. To add to South Africa’s woes, Sibley was caught off a no-ball. Play only started after lunch because of the weather, and England went at over three runs an over in an extended afternoon session to already be in a strong position at tea. England lead the series 2-1, having turned it around following a loss in the opening Test. England won in Cape Town and then convincingly in Port Elizabeth to be on the brink of a second straight series win in South Africa. South Africa seamer Vernon Philander is playing in his final Test before retiring but even he couldn’t consistently challenge the England openers. Crawley hit 10 fours to hurtle past 50 and Sibley had six boundaries. Sibley flicked the last ball before tea off his legs and to the boundary to bring up the 100 for the English, underlining their dominant session.

BRIEF SCORES

ENGLAND 192 for 4 (Crawley 66, Sibley 44) v SOUTH AFRICA