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Stephan Shemilt and Amy Lofthouse

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  1. Post update

    I've got a long night of script-writing ahead of me, working towards the thrilling conclusion of Illness In The Camp.

    Bye for now....

  2. Post update

    Right, it's almost time for me to get out of here. We'll be back bright and early to see if England can end the year with more one incredible win.

  3. 'We've got a long way to go'

    England batting coach Graham Thorpe: "It hasn't been a straightforward Test match for us with players coming and going with illness. We didn't bat well enough first innings. We let ourselves down. The pitch seemed to do a bit more yesterday. But when we're in a good position, we've got to be more ruthless.

    "It's always nice to see players bounce back and show character."

    Do Stokes' Headingley heroics in the Ashes this summer give England hope? "It does. It doesn't guarantee us a victory.

    "We know we've got a long way to go. We'll break it down. We know we've got to play well. Hopefully Jos Buttler and Joe Root will have another night's sleep."

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Centurion

    I was surprised at South Africa's bowling, they didn't seem to have much confidence or belief about them.

    I don't think the pitch has gone to sleep, it might have slumbered slightly, but if the bowlers run in hard, there are wickets out there. England will need to work hard tomorrow,

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    Superb, Bill. I'm casting Trent Bridge as the cocky, establishment-type who rubs up against Aggers. I see Aggers as the unorthodox detective. He doesn't play by the rules, but he gets results.

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    If there's demand, maybe we'll play out the dramatic conclusion over the course of tomorrow's play.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Centurion

    England's highest ever run chase, on a pitch like this, they're chance of winning is probably 5%. But you are against a team who has lost any kind of winning habit at all.

    It is important to remember it is certainly not 0% which it was halfway through this afternoon.

  10. England have belief - Thorpe

    England batting coach Graham Thorpe on Sky Sports: "We were pleased with that. If you gave us this position a day ago we'd have taken it. We have belief.

    "We've got a chance. If we have a good first chance session, South Africa will look at the scoreboard. We have belief that if we play well, we can put them under pressure."

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    Paul Farbrace

    Ex-England assistant coach on The Cricket Social

    England have batted themselves in to a good position.

    The first hour tomorrow will be really important. Even losing one wicket on a pitch like this causes you to lose momentum.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Centurion

    An England win is a very long way away but England have put in a resilient performance

    What we don't know is who is going to rock up tomorrow. Will Buttler and Root be fit?

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    England have got batting coach Graham Thorpe doing media duties. That usually only happens on a really bad day.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Centurion

    It seems impossible for England to win but you never know.

    South Africa will be disappointed with lack of fortune and they will remember that they are without a win in five Tests.

    What England need to do is to work on encouraging those doubts to creep into the South Africans' minds.

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    Yep, it's been superb from Burns. He got a life on 20, but has really dug in since. He's 77 not out. You wonder how it took England so long to pick him.

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  18. Close of play - Eng 121-1

    Target 376

    England will be pretty pleased with that. They had a horrible first two sessions of this third day, but they have battled well with the bat this evening. They are still bang up against it, but their hopes are higher than they were about three hours ago.

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  20. Close!

    Eng 121-1

    Edged past slip! Maharaj has been teasing Burns all evening and he almost gets his reward. The thick edge just sneaks past the left hand of the slip fielder.