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Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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    Joe Root celebrates wicket

    We will indeed. England will hope the rain stays away long enough for them to complete the win their dominance has deserved.

    They'll need four wickets to do it.

    Head over here for full details of another great day for England and a miserable one for South Africa.

    See you tomorrow at 07:45 GMT.

  2. 'No hiding place' for Du Plessis

    South Africa coach Mark Boucher, speaking to Sky Sports, on captain Faf du Plessis: "There's no hiding place in Test cricket. He's disappointed from a team perspective. He spent a bit of time in the middle, which is good for his confidence."

    On Du Plessis' future as captain: "That's not a call to make a tthis moment in time. He's trying really hard; he's working realy hard away from the game. If he's not scoring runs there's that extra pressure. The best way to answer that is putting runs on the board."

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    SMS Message: Just checked the BBC live text for Burnley vs Leicester to see that Pope has just made a great save against Vardy. Is there nothing he can't do?! from Tom in Redditch
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    Simon Mann

    The Cricket Social

    No team in the history of Test cricket has been six down going into the final day and survived the final day.

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    They were interesting quotes from Mark Boucher. He says they "broke" today. It certainly looked like it.

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    Seriousface: Very disappointing day from England. South Africa started six down, and they're still six down.

  7. 'We broke today'

    South Africa coach Mark Boucher on Sky Sports: "I'm disappointed. We didn't have a good day today at all. No excuses. We've got ot man up and learn lessons. We were outskilled.

    "You can blame certain things, but I need to look at myself. I need to get the players up - and upskill them in a short period of time to get better performances out of them. Ultimately I'm responsible for the performance of the team.

    "Mentally the guys were switched on. It's about understanding the situation. Every side has its breaking point. Today we broke pretty early. It's about mental preparation towards Test cricket."

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    England bowler Mark Wood on Sky Sports: "Good day. It started different to how we expected it. We wore it [the flat pitch] as a badge of honour that we had to put in some hard work. Broady started brilliantly with the new ball and Sam got the massive wicket to get De Kock.

    "I was dreaming [of winning Test tonight]. It has not been a pitch to blast people out. There is hard work ahead.

    "It was good [dismissal of Elgar]. After the first innings where I went off with no wickets to get the first one in the bag was a nice boost to my confidence."

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    Peter Moores

    Nottinghamshire & ex-England coach on The Cricket Social

    A fantastic day for England. The game has been in fast-forward all day - it has been classic scoreboard pressure. South Africa didn't know whether to stick or twist. England are in a fantastic position to go 2-1 up in the series.

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    Matthew Hoggard

    Former England bowler on The Cricket Social

    England were totally dominant - aided and abetted by South Africa. They have gifted wickets to England. The amount of trouble that Joe Root has caused, coming round the wicket, is a mystery. i can't understand how they haven't come up with a plan to counteract that.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Port Elizabeth

    The way South Africa went about their batting this morning was a complete horror story. Awful, awful shots - stumps flying everywhere. There was no appetite for a fight there.

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    For what it is worth, the BBC Weather forecast isn't too bad for tomorrow. Those in South Africa seem to be expecting rain, however. Will England get the chance to complete the win they have thoroughly deserved?

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    Josh Verrills: Unable to recall a time when South Africa's Test team have been so easy to beat, especially when playing at home. Making England look worryingly consistent in their performances this series for a change.

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    The forecast was iffy for today. I was saying at the start that it would be good if England could just wrap up South Africa's first innings. They've done a lot more than that.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Port Elizabeth

    Well bowled Joe Root. And two terrific catches - one by Pope and one by Wood. But Stokes has dropped another one. Otherwise it has been a good day for England - a better day than they could have hoped for.

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    I think Joe Root has just apologised to Dom Sibley for nearly getting him killed a few moments ago.

  18. Close of play - SA 102-6

    Nope. That's the end of day four. Only rain can save South Africa. England have taken 10 for 103 across the whole day.