England continued their dominance over a drained South Africa in Johannesburg, leaving themselves two days to transform a 465-run lead within the fourth Check into a wonderful sequence win.

Joe Root opted to not implement the follow-on for a second match in a row after the house aspect have been dismissed 217 behind on 183.

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England are very near sealing a 3-1 sequence win

He led the way in which personally, top-scoring with 58 as his aspect made 248 all out at a fee of greater than four-an-over of their second innings to put the groundwork for an enormous victory at South Africa’s ‘Bullring’.

That might seal a 3-1 success following the celebrations in Cape City and Port Elizabeth and, with six full periods to go on a floor the place the file chase stands at 310, every other consequence appears inconceivable. The file rating to win a Check match in a fourth innings is 418.

Mark Wooden will once more be anticipated to play an enormous half with the ball, having returned figures of 5 for 46 within the morning session.

South Africa had ended day two already in turmoil, 312 adrift on 88 for six, a place that solely acquired worse when once they misplaced one other batsman to the fifth ball of the day.

Chris Woakes was the bowler, drawing a forefront from Vernon Philander who was at the beginning of a deeply disappointing day.

Woakes was England’s star bowler in South Africa’s first innings

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Woakes was England’s star bowler in South Africa’s first innings

Enjoying the ultimate Check of a distinguished profession, he would later be fined 15 per cent of his final match price for utilizing abusive language in his day two send-off of Jos Buttler after which managed solely 9 wicketless balls within the second innings earlier than limping off with a hamstring pressure.

South Africa have been in peril of folding embarrassingly, just for Quinton De Kock and Dwaine Pretorius so as to add some long-awaited metal with a partnership of 79.

De Kock turned his present 32 right into a fourth half-century of the sequence and Pretorius took benefit of some attacking fields to drive his solution to a brand new private better of 37.

It took Ben Stokes to interrupt issues up, Pretorius feeding a rising supply to Zak Crawley at gully, earlier than Wooden wrapped issues up.


De Kock had 76 when he was overwhelmed on the drive, Wooden flicking off the bails after discovering some deviation off the pitch to go with his outright tempo.

If Wooden was an excessive amount of for De Kock then quantity 11 Dane Paterson had no likelihood, stepping away to leg and nicking behind to present the Durham fast his second five-for in Exams.

Root had the lunch break to ponder his choices however was by no means prone to put the burden straight again on his bowling unit and as a substitute requested Crawley and Dom Sibley to strap on the pads.

The rookie pairing as soon as once more performed their half on the high of the order, including 56 for the primary wicket and placing 20 overs into an assault missing the ailing Philander.

Sibley and Crawley got England off to a stable start in their second innings

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Sibley and Crawley acquired England off to a secure begin of their second innings

Sibley appeared a likelier goal after benefiting from a number of thick edges to 3rd man, however it was Crawley who fell first, nicking Pretorius.

Joe Denly got here and went for eight, diverting Paterson into his stumps through deflections off bat and pad.

England’s lead was large enough to brush apart that minor setback, however Denly’s private aspirations could also be hampered as his Check common dipped to precisely 30.

Sibley matched his first-innings rating of 44 earlier than exiting in acquainted circumstances after tea, shuffling throughout to left-armer Beuran Hendricks and nudging to brief midwicket.

He stomped off angrily, changed by Stokes to a refrain of boos following his indignant trade with a fan on day one.

Stokes hit 28 from 24 balls

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Stokes hit 28 from 24 balls

Stokes’ arrival signalled a tonal shift and the sport started to progress quickly as quickly as he unleashed six boundaries in a 24-ball keep.

Issues solely threatened to escalate till he drove away from his physique and steered Hendricks to slide.

Ollie Pope and Buttler had related concepts however got here related ends, each males aggressively edging to De Kock, who duly turned the 18th wicketkeeper to 200 Check dismissals.

Root appeared largely proof against the frenzy however Sam Curran joined in, sprinting to 35 earlier than hooking Hendricks to fine-leg.

Root accomplished his second fifty of the match, and 48th total, earlier than he was final man out – Faf Du Plessis taking a staggering one-handed catch handy Hendricks a five-for on debut.

Root hit five fours and one six in his useful 58

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Root hit 5 fours and one six in his helpful 58

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