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Summary

  1. England end day three with lead of 216 runs
  2. Cook 59*, Jennings 33, Ballance 22*
  3. SA 361: Bavuma 59, Elgar 54, Moeen 4-59
  4. England 458: Root 190, Moeen 87, Morkel 4-115

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By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

It has been a day for the purists. But it has set England up for a potential victory.

Join us again tomorrow as they look to press home that healthy advantage.

I'll see thee.

Recap of the day

Jennings fell for 33 to leave England 80-1, but Gary Ballance added a steady 22, while Cook passed 50 to take the home side to a 216 lead and further towards a match-winning position...

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England's response was slow but strategic as Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings ground down the tourists and took England to a healthy lead...

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The England spinners cleaned up the rest to bowl the tourists out for 361 and give England a 97-run lead...

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Quinton de Kock struck the second-fastest Test 50 at Lord's before he was dismissed by Jimmy Anderson.

314-8.

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Bavuma made it past 50, but lost partner Rabada before falling himself soon after.

248-7.

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The day began with Blowers nearly pulling the Lord's bell from its moorings...

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Whenever Jimmy Anderson has a bad spell the hacks in us wonder if he has lost his edge but I see a real desire in him to carry on for quite a while yet. He was bowling that great natural length, nipping the odd one back and I love it when he takes the ball past the outside edge on a number of occasions.

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Matt Richmond: Batting deep as we do, reckon we could have been far more positive even if we'd have lost a couple of wickets.

Paul Baldwin: The "positive brand of cricket" nonsense appears to have been abandoned this afternoon.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Moeen's batting was fantastic and he is a real popular member of the team, he is quite humorous and lighthearted. I'll be amazed if he's not into the attack early and it's a great chance for him to get a huge amount of wickets and bowl England to victory.

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David Elliott: So England are attacking with the bat at a little over 2.3 an over with 9 wickets left! Got a draw written all over it

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I don't think this pitch has been prepared under orders, it is the summer we are having and the nature of the pitches here at Lord's this year.

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Anthony: Wow this has been slow going, would love to see the likes of Hales in this England side to push the run rate up

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

It's been a tremendous cricket wicket. South Africa will look back on day one and think they could have easily bowled England out if they'd kept the feet behind the line. England today, Joe Root made a couple of mistakes, he left the spinners and then turned to the second new ball. He should have started with Moeen after lunch. Steve Waugh used to say who were the best two bowlers and start with them straightaway.

South Africa with the ball were very disciplined but the technical side of Cook's batting is fantastic and I was really impressed with Gary Ballance, who came out with a positivity. It has ebbed and flowed, England have been on top and they should create an opportunity to go one up in the series.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

England will be delighted with that situation, nowadays when there is a bit of licence and the lead gets larger, with Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow it doesn't take long. South Africa were obviously handicapped by the absence of Philander and it will be an uphill task for them on a pitch which I think is excellent because there is something happening.

Jonathan Agnew

BBC cricket correspondent on TMS

England actually want to bat to make the pitch wear, they need more overs to really rough it up and make South Africa's task as difficult as possible, though from an entertainment point of view that session has not been high octane.

Eng 119-1

Lead by 216

And that ladies and gentlemen is that. The final over of the day - delivered by Duminy - fails to provide any late drama. England end the day 216 runs ahead and totally in control.

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Robert Allen: Plenty of time left in the match, why all the fuss about run rates?

Eng 118-1

Ballance 21, Cook 59

Maharaj's last over is another largely tame affair, barring one misjudged drive from Cook which he misses and is fortunate not to get a nick. No need to do anything risky now.

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Matt Crocker: There has got to be more stringent punishment against teams with slow over rates. Is nothing but detrimental for Test cricket.

Eng 118-1

South Africa getting their money's worth out of Rabada. He sprints in but Cook holds firm before nicking strike with a flick to long leg.

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Dave Wood: Bat two sessions tomorrow. Lead of 450. Four sessions to bowl SA out. Of course England being England, it won't work out that way.

Eng 117-1

Maharaj returns for a final twirl. Ballance goes for a risky smack to cow but misses as the ball lifts and brings a big puff of dust with it. He goes again to a similarly-pitched ball later in the over but again misses out.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

I don't understand why Philander has come back on the pitch if he's not going to bowl. With that kind of injury you don't clock up any penalty time.

Eng 117-1

Cook and Ballance have reasserted England's dominance over proceedings following the loss of Jennings. Rabada tries to fire his side up with a short ball but Ballance weaves well to allow it to pass harmlessly.

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Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

De Kock played some lovely shots but I couldn't believe when Andrew said it was the second fastest fifty at Lord's.

Eng 115-1

Some tried looking fielders out there now. It has been grind in the heat. Duminy concedes two to a full-bunger and a single, flicked to square leg. A cut from Cook adds a final run off the over.

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Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

The prime aim is to try to win the game and entertain along the way.

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Benjamin: I'm a data nerd and need to know how many bottles of Champagne have been sold at Lord's today. Can anybody help?

Eng 111-1

Lead by 208

Cook strikes three crisp shots that could easily have brought him a healthy 12 runs. Thanks to well-placed (or poorly-placed depending on you bias) fielders he gets nothing and the over ends in a maiden.

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Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

It's the most boring day's play we have had so far but the over-rate has been the best! We are going to finish more or less at six o'clock.

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Daniel: England's top order need to approach their first innings with this cautious, accumulative approach, rather than just the second.

Eng 111-1

Cook 56, Ballance 17

Duminy is back and Ballance welcomes him by dancing down to loft him for four over mid-on. A confident shot.

The fifth ball is a much less assured one - a wild swipe to a ball that turns sharply into the hands of slip.

Ballance
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Eng 107-1

Lead by 204

Rabada to Cook. Four. Clipped superbly through midwicket.

The bowler almost gets the ultimate revenge by finding an edge that drops just short of Amla at slip, much to the bowler's frustration.

Eight overs remaining today.

Here is how Cook brought up his 50...

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Guru Singh‏: Is it my imagination or are England actually missing a trick here with SA reduced to four main bowlers. Why not push the score?

Eng 103-1

After an unnecessarily long wait for South Africa to fetch a helmet to get a man in close, Maharaj is able to continue his halted over. Ballance doesn't let it bother him, dropping to sweep the last ball for four.

How's stat?!

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

Alastair Cook has now got fifties in each of his last five Lord's Tests.

Cook
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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

I just think now he can play, he doesn't have to do all the interviews after the match, he can just turn up and bat. It's not fast cricket like we've had in moments, England are collecting runs nicely and I can't see where South Africa are going to get themselves in a position to win.

Eng 98-1

Cook 51, Ballance 9

Cook opens the face, finds the gap and steers a wide Rabada ball wide of the slips for four. It is a lovely shot.

It is followed by a nice drive for three to bring up a stubborn 50.

He is guiding England into a very strong position.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

When you first go in, play the simple way, if the ball is turning into you play with the spin, don't try and be too clever. Know that you are going to have to work a little harder, but the game changes and you gain confidence as you get runs. I always told myself that bowlers will be getting more tired than me.