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Summary

  1. Cook overturns lbw dismissal from first ball of innings
  2. England set world-record 474 to win
  3. Pitch showing signs of variable bounce
  4. Second innings: SA 343-9 dec (Amla 87, Elgar 80, Moeen 4-78)
  5. First innings: SA 335 (Amla 78); Eng 205 (Root 78)
  6. England lead four-game series 1-0

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By Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye...

    That's all folks.

    You can read Stephan Shemilt's day three report here.

    We'll be back tomorrow at 10:30 BST to see if England can put up a fight.

    Se you then.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    You don't mention winning. If Joe Root is honest he will want his team batting tomorrow night. He will be saying let's not fold and show personal pride, show how good you are as a player. If you take it to the last day maybe then you can talk about drawing, maybe winning.

    England need to go out and bat like Dean Elgar did today. He fought and made it difficult and only got out to a brutal ball. Have a look at Hashim Amla as well, he waited and then took on the spinners. Look at the way he goes about his business. Copy his tempo like leaving the ball. He left it beautifully against James Anderson. Jimmy got impatient and he bowled the odd loose one.

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    Excellent maths, James. Simple when you put it like that!

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    It's a surprise again that Moeen Ali was left until late in the innings to bowl. Moeen is England's best spinner. I was always taught to bowl my best bowlers first. They are getting it wrong with him. He is bowling well the match winner in the last Test.

    The one thing Moeen doesn't do is go up to the skipper and ask to bowl like Graeme Swann would do for example. In you ear saying "get me on skipper, I will get you a wicket."

    As a captain and a team you need to ask different questions when you have tried the short ball, tried to bowl it wider. It's quite obvious to bring the off spinner on who got 10 wickets in the last match! It's almost like England are trying to somehow prove Liam Dawson is the number one spinner.

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    Ottis Gibson has also told Sky Sports that Mark Wood - who has gone wicketless - is complaining of a sore heel when bowling.

    "He brings a little bit of Xfactor," Gibson said. "Sometimes he needs a certain set of conditions and the conditions been good for bowling but Woody has been a bit off.

    "He is trying to run in and be aggressive which is what the captain wants him to do."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    I think England have to surprise us because we all expect them to lose. They have to try to take it until Tuesday. Go and do something we don't expect. Be attritional, battle, nullify the shots you know are risky. Make Morne Morkel bowl a third and fourth spell. The scoreboard doesn't matter tomorrow, if you are looking at the scoreboard on Tuesday then England are in the game.

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    England bowling coach Ottis Gibson: "It is a great game to win from here. You have to give a lot of credit to South Africa. There was a lot of character shown not just by our bowling unit but the fielders.

    "The captain said he wanted people to step up and Anderson came in and led really well this morning. Wood has not got any wickets but bowled really well in patches coming off the back of a long lay off and Stokes was fantastic today. It has been a very tough couple of days but we have two days to make 474."

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    You know it has been a tough day for England when they send a coach out to do the end of day interviews.

    Here are Ottis Gibson's thoughts...

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    That little period at the end will have felt like three hours for England's openers. It was like there were hand grenades with every ball exploding in front out you.

    It's a slim hope for England to get anything. England need Alastair Cook to an play one of the great innings like Mike Atherton did in Johannesburg in 1995. I think Morne Morkel will exploit that uneven bounce tomorrow and he will be the real threat. We just want to see some application for England's players to the situation now. They need to show some fight.

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    That left England needing to bat through a very tough four over session to reach the close.

    Openers Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook just about made it through with the former skipper needing the review system to survive.

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    Ben Stokes was probably the pick of the England bowlers but Moeen Ali nipped in with four wickets.

    In the end South Africa declared on 343-9 meaning England need 474 runs if they are to win this Test.

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    So South Africa batted into a position which leaves England needing a world record fourth innings score if they are to win this Test.

    Hashim Amla top-scored with 87, Dean Elgar made 80 and Faf du Plessis an excellent 63 while there was also some good lower-order hitting.

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    Another great day for South Africa.

    They're well in command of this Test. It was tense stuff at the end but England just about survive by the skin of their teeth.

    Here are the highlights of the day.

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    Ed Smith

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Ominous signs for tomorrow with Vernon Philander swinging the ball round but England have got through a horrible period without loss. South Africa are way ahead in the day but something for England to cling on to at the end.

  15. Close of play - England 1-0

    Target 474

    England make it to the close unscathed.

    The final ball from Philander hits Cook on the thigh but there's no appeal. Too high.

    England have a long way to go but they've done the first part. Cook and Jennings trudge off. High fives all around for the South Africans.

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    Ed Smith

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    The groundsmen here at Trent Bridge reckons the pitch will get flatter the more the sun comes out. Let's hope for England's sake he is correct.

  17. Eng 1-0

    Cook 0 Jennings 0

    Cook and the umpire both have their work cut out.

    Another big appeal from the South Africans.

    This time Philander hitting Cook on the pad. Good decision. That was going over middle stump.

  18. Eng 1-0

    Target 474

    Cook scurries down to the non-strikers' end with a leg bye. Over to you partner.

    Big appeal! Not out. Jennings hit on the pad but I think that was swinging down leg side.

    It may have been high too.

    Good from South Africa though. They've got through that over quick. Time for one more.

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    Here's that heart in mouth moment for England fans.

    Cook just survived a first baller on review!

  20. Eng 0-0

    Target 474

    Morkel is annoyed with himself as Cook is able to let the first two balls of the over go through to De Kock.

    That's straighter. Good defensive block from Cook.