SAfrica 107-1, playing for pride in 4th test vs. England

England's bowler James Anderson, attempts fielding off own bowling on the first day of the forth test cricket match between South Africa and England, at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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CENTURION, South Africa (AP) Stephen Cook was 46 not out on debut as South Africa reached 107-1 at lunch on the first day of the fourth and final test against England on Friday.

Cook finally gave South Africa's batting a solid start in the series, which is already lost for the home team after England took an unassailable 2-0 lead before the final test.

Bowing to public pressure, the Proteas gave Cook his debut at the age of 33, acknowledging the need for a specialist opening batsman after persisting with Stiaan van Zyl, a converted opener, for the first three tests.

England had one success on the opening morning at SuperSport Park, when offspinner Moeen Ali removed Dean Elgar for 20 after a superb reflex catch by James Taylor at short leg.