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Summary

  1. England win by 7 wkts in three days
  2. Unassailable 2-0 lead in four-Test series
  3. South Africa 83 all out in 33.1 overs
  4. Broad 6-17, including 5-1 in 31 balls
  5. England chase 74 to win: Cook 43

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook
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Right, on that bombshell it's time for us to leave you. We will see you for the fourth Test in Centurion on Friday morning.

You can read a full report in the day's action here.

Until then, goodbye.

View from the England camp

Awesome win by England, world class from Broady, series win in SA & just seen chelski go 1.0 down at bridge! @StewieCricket

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"This team is very handy to captain. I wouldn't mind captaining them, that's for sure.

"When you're up against a team that has that knack of losing the key moments you make the most of it.

"England are on an upward curve, in all formats. The group is gaining more experience and, although I don't want to shout about it too much, England are on the pathway of becoming a really powerful team across all the formats."

Neil Manthorp

BBC Test Match Special

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"I expected South Africa to lose the series, even if Steyn and Philander were fit. There are lots of kind words like transition and there have been some wonderful players.

"But this is one of the all-time lows since readmission to international cricket. They have to look around and make some honest assessments."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"The best side stood up to be counted when the pressure was on, and that was England. South Africa have all the problems now. England are playing well - there is no reason to change anything unless Finn has an injury."

Captain's reaction

More from Alastair Cook on Sky Sports: "It hasn't sunk in yet at all. We knew today would be 'moving day' in a sense. The plan was to get level with them and then pile pressure on with the ball. 

"Trev [Bayliss] gave us a rocket and said, 'If you want to win the series, go now and go hard.' I can't take any credit for man-managing Ben Stokes. He's an absolute gem for a side: the ability to score 250 one day and bowl 90mph the next. 

"Everyone in that dressing room can be very proud of their contribution in this series. I'm really pleased for all the lads."

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joshua crivelli: I hear springbok tastes good to English lions....as good as wallabie?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Hales is a problem. He does not have the technique for Test cricket. You have to have a reasonably decent technique to play good balls, but his feet are all over the place.

"Unless he improves his footwork, I don't think he'll make consistent runs. Over a period he will have a number of failures."

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Howard Horner:  It's a shame that Steyn and Philander were absent for SA, but even with them, on their day this side can beat anyone.  

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Broad destroyed them. He was running in like a cheetah. The ball that De Villiers out was a crackerjack and he is the best player in the world. He has this ability to get a match-winning performance decisively. He bowled people out with quality balls. He had them five down for nowt - game over."

'Mission accomplished'

Mission Impossible becomes Mission Accomplished. Well played @ECB_cricket. Number 1 here we come #SAvENG

Man of the match

Stuart Broad celebrates
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Stuart Broad is named man of the match for his performance of 6-17 in the third innings.

He says: "I was under the weather on the first day. Everyone we know has been ill at some stage over the past few weeks.

"In the first innings I bowled a bit too short. We had a chat before the second innings and talked about bringing the batsmen forward a lot more. 

"We got lucky today - it was perfect conditions to bowl, but we also got the ball in good areas and took our chances.

"I was quite tired towards the end. Finny was trying to get on and I was trying to get off. I got in a rhythm and it was a good day to bowl. There was a bit of bounce there too. I wish I could take that wicket around with me."

Captain's reaction

More from Alastair Cook: "I don't tell Stokesy anything, I just let him play, those two did exactly the same against New Zealand last year. We also took our catches - we made a conscious effort to practice it between the Tests.  Andrew Strauss told us to have a big one tonight and if he says so, we're going to have to."  

Captain's reaction

England captain Alastair Cook: "To come here and beat South Africa is a huge achievement for the lads, they can be very proud.

"In the first session of the match we didn't quite get it right with the ball, but credit to the guys, they bounced back pretty well and kept South Africa to about par. Joe Root played exceptionally well to get us to about a par score, and then it was over to Broady, who just got one of his rolls."

Captain's reaction

More from AB de Villiers: "I haven't seen a team bowl like that for a long time. We were outplayed in the second innings - credit to them.

"There's a lot still to play for personally. It's my first Test as captain - I have a lot of motivation. I don't know about changes. We need a few good meetings about where we're going. I don't think there's a lot of issues with the squad."

Captain's reaction

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "It was a good toss to win and the right decision to bat first. All the batters got in, but there were soft dismissals. It cost us dearly I thought it was a 400 wicket. We allowed them into the game.

"It's a disappointing Test for us. Maybe I missed a trick or two; maybe the intensity wasn't good enough. There was a sniff at 90-4 and there were areas where we could have done better."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

England leave the field after winning the test match series
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"It's been a wonderful Test, a great advert for Test match cricket, competitive all the way. When the pressure moment came, it was England in the name of Stuart Broad.

"He showed ability, technique and character, above all. He bowled out of his skin; the crux was he broke the back of the South African innings with five wickets. He came out and did the business - he was fantastic."

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Tom Sparkes: This morning Rooty would have been told, be there at the end. Great day of cricket.

So, in the short term, South Africa have surrendered their number one Test ranking: India now occupy top spot in the ICC Test ratings. But in the medium term, England have surely shown in this series that they have a fantastic chance of taking over that place at the top of the table.

End-of-match scorecard

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England won by seven wickets

England take unassailable 2-0 lead in series

South Africa 313: Elgar 46; Stokes 3-53

England 323: Root 110, Stokes 58; Rabada 7-78, Morkel 3-76

South Africa 83: Broad 6-17

England 74-3: Cook 43; Elgar 2-13

Full scorecard

Well done Eng.👏🏽 Outplayed in every department. Disappointing series from us, to say the least. Back to the drawing board.#humblepie

Series win over No1 ranked test team in the world .. ✔️ That's special. Well done @englandcricket!!

When we started this morning, who would have thought England would have this match - and the series - wrapped up by tonight. That they have done so is testament to they extra-ordinary match-turning capabilities of Stuart Broad, who produced a phenomenal 6-17 to wrest control of this match in the third innings.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"This was a terrific cricket wicket, and brought to life by overhead conditions today and high-class bowling. It was real class from Broad and catching from the highest drawer."

Joe Root and James Taylor congratulate each other
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What a magnificent effort by England. They've beaten the world's best side in their own back yard, and they've done it with a game to spare. They have fully deserved to win this series, and just as they were in the Ashes, Stuart Broad and Joe Root have been the key players.

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"This is a triumph. To beat South Africa in South Africa with a game to spare is really quite something."

England beat South Africa and win the series

Joe Root and James Taylor at the end of the match
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It's there! England have done it. Joe Root clips a four through the leg-side and sets the seal on a famous series victory.

Eng 72-3

Have you ever seen a team win a hugely important series in confident manner? There are even glum faces on the balcony. Root and Taylor prolong the agony. If they don't get on with this we'll be off for bad light soon.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"A tentative push, it was wide and he got himself into a tangle - you're better off having an old yahoo! There was width on offer."

WICKET

Cook c Vilas b Morris 43 (Eng 71-3)

Goodness me, England are shambling towards the finish line. Another one goes down - this time it's the skipper, pushing at Morris and getting an edge through to the keeper. He'll be spewing.

Eng 71-2

Joe Root is doing what Nick Compton probably wishes he'd done - he's making sure he's there at the end, to boost his already princely average. Hence he's quite content to play out a maiden from Elgar.