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Live Reporting

By Kal Sajad and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's us done for today. Thanks, as always, for joining us.

    Here's Stephan's report from the day.

    England are closing in on a 3-1 series victory away from home.

    Will we see any fight from South Africa? Or will the tourist manage to wrap it up with a day to spare?

    Join us tomorrow and find out.

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    Steven Finn

    England bowler on The Cricket Social

    Coming into today, you thought could De Kock and Pretorius hang around long enough to frustrate England? The rest of the lower order fell away meakly.

    With the bat, it was important that England didn't lose early wickets. Even though they have lost wickets, the day has been all England's.

  3. 'A special day'

    England bowler Mark Wood, who took 5-46, on Sky Sports: "I'm over the moon - a very special day.

    "I wish I'd changed my run-up sooner. Since I've done that it's been a lot better. I've got a little bit more momentum; it's take pressure off my body. It's been nice to take a load off.

    "I put seven times my weight through my front foot. I'm wrapped up like a mummy under my sock here. It's not the ideal action, but it's something I've learned to live with."

    On playing back-to-back Test matches: "I pulled up a bit sore from the last game. I'm delighted that they made that decision and kept me in the team."

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    Let's hear from Mark Wood who, as always, looks at home with a mic in his hand ...

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Johannesburg

    It has been a good winter for Root. To come through all that madness of the first Test to be in a situation where they will win this series 3-1, with a pretty young turn, is a very good effort indeed. You feel that this is a team that is playing as a unit together. They understand each other.

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    There may not have been a century from the England batting order but the number of wickets we have seen fall today, albeit with tourists approaching this afternoon rather aggressively, has shown that the batsmen haven't had it all that easy on this pitch.

    England have put together been some very important partnerships when needed.

  7. How's stat?!

    Andy Zaltzman

    Test Match Special statistician on The Cricket Social

    Hendricks is the 24th South African to take five wickets in an innings on Test debut.

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    Michael Carberry

    Former England batsman on The Cricket Social

    It has been a good Test match. England have dominated. Being hyper-critical, they would have liked someone to get three figures. Joe Root's tactics have been spot on. Mark Wood has been brilliant to watch.

  9. Close of play

    South Africa need 466 to win

    Dean Elgar and Pieter Malan will come in tomorrow morning chasing a Test record 466 to win. They have two days. But nothing at all so far in this match has suggested that they could pull off what would be somewhat of a miracle.

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    Steven Finn

    England bowler on The Cricket Social

    Phenomenal catch.

  11. WICKET

    Root c Du Plessis b Hendricks 58 (Eng 248 all out)

    What. A. Catch. One of the best you'll ever see. Joe Root slices towards gully and Faf du Plessis, diving to his right, both feet off the ground, takes an astonishing one-handed catch. He was flying.

    Hendricks picks up a five-wicket-haul and can thank his captain.

    And with that, is the end of the England innings, the end of the day.

    Faf du Plessis
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    Michael Carberry

    Former England batsman on The Cricket Social

    This is happy hour now. England can really put the foot down without having to bowl tonight.

  13. How's stat?!

    Andy Zaltzman

    Test Match Special statistician on The Cricket Social

    That is only Root's fifth six in the last 5,000 balls he has faced in Test cricket.

  14. Eng 248-9

    Eng lead by 465

    Jeez! Joe Root has middled Pretorius into cow corner for a six. England can have some fun in the next seven minutes.

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    Adam Mountford

    BBC Test Match Special in Johannesburg

    I’m not sure how confident the South Africa TV commentators are about their team getting something out of this game. Those currently off air are sitting in the makeshift green room situated behind us and have turned off the cricket and are instead watching the Tranmere v Manchester United FA Cup tie. Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock is a big United fan and seems to be enjoying the score at Prenton Park more than the Wanderers.

  16. WICKET

    Wood b Pretorius 18 (Eng 240-9)

    Mark Wood walks a foot or so over to his right and is bowled behind his legs, the ball hitting the taking out the off stump.

    Pretorius has his second wicket of the innings, Wood came and did what he has to do.

    Stuart Broad is the last man in.

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  18. 50 for Root

    Eng 239-8 (Lead by 457 runs)

    I wonder if you already had these cricketers in paintings in your locker, or you're frantically looking through album after album trying to spot one. Either way, keep 'em coming.

    Mark Wood clears the front leg and punishes Hendricks through mid-wicket. One bounce, four.

    A Root four through covers, followed by a dab and run single brings up Root's fifty. From 89 balls. Slow and steady.

    The England captain has three minutes to declare tonight. Doesn't look like it's going to happen.