The Proteas look set to follow on at the Wanderers after England’s bowlers worked well in tandem to dismiss the hosts for just 183 at lunch on day three.
South Africa remain 217 runs behind England’s first innings total of 400 with the decision on who will bat next likely to damped the appetites of the Proteas.
Vernon Philander once again departed early in the first session of play as 6-88 became 7-93.
That brought Dwaine Pretorius, in desperate need to contribute with the bat, out to join Quinton De Kock. The pair worked well as the sun baked the Wanderers pitch. For the first time in ages, Joe Root’s bowlers were forced to dig deep.
That was until Ben Stokes got Pretorius in a muddle outside his offstump. The allrounder gone for 37 after a good grab by Zak Crawley.
The impressive Mark Wood then came back into the attack and got the crucial wicket of De Kock. The wicketkeeper, losing partners all the time, was once again left with the decision to bat in his normal style or go out on the full attack.
He chose the latter and when a 150km/h Wood delivery nipped off the seam, it ripped through the South African star’s defence to end his 183-ball stay which yielded 76 runs.
Wood then grabbed his fifth by finding the edge of Dane Paterson.
More to follow …