England will resume their first innings on 138-2 and 337 runs behind South Africa on day three at Centurion.
South Africa finished day two in a powerful position. The Proteas posted 475, a formidable total that will be tough to match.
Indeed, while England have begun well in response, they will need one or two batsmen to play a big innings on day three. Alastair Cook (67) and Joe Root (31) will be looking to crack on when they resume at Centurion.
South Africa will be looking to their strike bowlers to claim early wickets. Morné Morkel will be key in the first session, as will the Proteas’ form bowler Kagiso Rabada, who has already taken two wickets in this innings.
The Proteas need to make early inroads if they are to maintain the pressure on the visitors. Their performance on day three will have a big influence on the outcome of this game, and ultimately whether they claim a consolation win in this series.
There is a 69% chance of rain at Centurion today. England will welcome any delay, while South Africa will want to spend as much time on the field as possible with the aim of forcing a result. Overcast conditions may aid the South African bowlers earlier in the day.
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SA 1st innings 475 – Quinton de Kock 129 not out, Stephen Cook 115, Hashim Amla 109, Ben Stokes 4-86
England 1st innings 138-2– Alastair Cook 67 not out, Joe Root 31 not out, Nick Compton 19, Kagiso Rabada 2-55
England trail by 337 runs