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Recap: The final day of the third Test

Recap: The final day of the third Test
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South Africa's tail wagged at Port Elizabeth but England took an unassailable lead in the four-match series.

England wrapped victory by an innings and 53 runs on the fifth morning of the third Test against South Africa, guaranteeing an unassailable 2-1 lead after finally ending a remarkable last-wicket stand.

The tourists needed four wickets at the start of play and threatened to race over the line in style as Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Dom Bess left the Proteas on the brink of defeat at 138 for nine.

The tourists were one ball away from a triumphant finish to their stay in Port Elizabeth but found themselves subject to an astonishing display of tailend hitting as Keshav Maharaj (71) and Dane Paterson (39 not out) swung their way to a 99-run partnership.

With the ball disappearing to all parts of the ground it required a run out to finish the job, Curran throwing down the stumps as Maharaj sprinted to bring up the century stand.

The result marks a notable achievement for Joe Root and his side, the first time England have enforced a follow-on overseas since 2013 and the first time they have done so in a winning cause since 1992 in Christchurch, but the captain took the brunt of the late fireworks himself.

Pope's progress

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Ollie Pope, left, joined an exclusive club in the third Test (AP)

Ollie Pope became the 10th Test cricketer to score a hundred runs and take six or more catches in a game (excluding wicketkeepers). There are two other Englishmen on the list, Frank Woolley and Ben Stokes two weeks ago in Centurion.

Kennington connection

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Alec Stewart has overseen the development of Pope (Mike Egerton/PA)

England's previous victory when enforcing the follow-on in an away Test came 18 years ago, with the foundations set by Alec Stewart's 148. He is now director of cricket at Surrey where he has overseen the development of Pope, who matched his efforts with an unbeaten 135 here. Pope went one better by scooping the player-of-the-match award, while Stewart was pipped by Phil Tufnell.

Tweet of the day

Cause for applause

The official Barmy Army supporters' group continued their fund-raising efforts for local good causes with a charity event in Port Elizabeth on Sunday evening. The night brought in 11,016 rand (£583) for a community sports organisation called Phoenix Sports Academy.

What's next?

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The action heads to Johannesburg on Friday and England will not mind too much if there is rain (PA)

Travel to Johannesburg, where the concluding Test begins on Friday. South Africa will need to rally hard without star bowler Kagiso Rabada, who has been banned, while England will be looking to seal a 3-1 series success.

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