Alastair Cook's defiant 82 not out held England together on a rain-affected first day after losing early wickets.
England were 171 for four, after winning the toss. Skipper Joe Root made 29 and debutants Tom Westley (25) and Dawid Malan (1) fell early as Vernon Philander took 2 wickets to rock England.
Cook and Stokes (21 not out) put on 51 runs for the 5th wicket before bad light stopped play early.
England 171 for 4 (Cook 82*, Stokes 21*) v South Africa.
Matches Tagged in ClipDex2017 ENG v RSA 3rd Test
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Players Tagged in ClipDexRabada, Kagiso Root, Joseph Edward Stokes, Benjamin A Malan, Dawid J Philander, Vernon D Cook, Alastair N
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