England moved to within touching distance of a 3-1 series win over South Africa–setting the hosts a mammoth 466 to win the fourth and final Test.
It was another hugely positive day for Chris Silverwood’s men, who have gone from strength to strength since their loss in the first Test.
As he has so often this series, Quinton De Kock proved a thorn in the Three Lions’ side, making a counter-attacking 76 and helping his side to move within 217 runs before Wood removed him with a real jaffa.
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Joe Root opted against enforcing the follow on and his side’s intent was clear as they extended their advantage with the bat.
Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley provided the tourists with another excellent foundation but it was Root that proved the real star of the show.
The England captain produced all the shots to hit a quickfire 58, with Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, and Wood providing some support, before he was dismissed with the last ball of the third day.
The skipper has been criticised in the past for not converting enough of his scores but his consistency has been remarkable and he showed once again today that he is one of the finest batsmen in the world.
South Africa now face a gargantuan fourth innings chase of 466 but with the pitch deteriorating and two days left to play this game only looks like it is going one way.
England are within reach of a 3-1 series victory, which would be their second away from home in four years, and would mean they climb back up the ICC World Rankings.
These are good days to be a Three Lions fan and the future looks bright–there is no doubt about that.
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