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Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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    Well that's it for another Test match.

    It was England's biggest away win for more than nine years. Pretty emphatic.

    Scroll down for all of the reaction, head over here for full details and download the TMS Podcast later for more reaction.

    The fourth and final Test begins on Friday in Johannesburg with England 2-1 up. We'll be back then. See ya.

  2. Bess' journey 'remarkable'

    England captain Joe Root on Sky Sports: "The guys are listening to my message, the way we want to play the game. We've got a lot of learning to do and we want to keep getting better. Now we're starting to see results, it's feeding through the group. Long may that continue."

    On Ollie Pope: "He's a wonderful talent - he has got such a brilliant game on him. Once they believe they can be there, the sky is the limit for them. For him to do it this week was a massive marker for himself and Test cricket in general. You're seeing a very talented young player show that he's ready for this, he's hungry for runs and he wants to make it count when he gets in."

    On Dom Bess: "It's a remarkable journey but he works incredibly hard at his game. He thinks a lot about the game. He could probably do with more (first-class cricket)."

  3. 'We have competition for spinner places'

    England coach Chris Silverwood, speaking to Sky Sports, on England's spinners and the development of Dom Bess: "We have got one eye on Sri Lanka. We have got to work very hard with the spinners to make sure when we get there they are full of confidence and have wickets under their belt.

    "We have got a few more spinners coming through now, so we've got competition for places, which is healthy."

    Dom bess
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    SMS Message: England won the match, and Stuart Broad didn't even get to have his swing with a bat. I'm sure he'll be disappointed!! from Adam
  5. 'We can't make excuses'

    On Kagiso Rabada's absence for the fourth Test: "Losing Rabada is a big frustration -he's our best bowler. We’re a little light and inexperienced and he'll be a huge loss.

    "But we can’t make excuses. We have to regroup, have firm chats and keep moving forward.

    "We’re feeling the pressure of not performing to standard that we should and we’ll keep fighting."

    Kagiso Rabada
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    SMS Message: Great performance and victory with almost everyone contributing. If being ultra harsh and looking to build a more ruthless streak for when it matters in the future then need to stamp out little spells like that one at the end where we bowl too short at tail enders, a bad habit we seem to have picked up since the Aussies bounced out our tail the last time we were over there. from Jim, Bucks
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  7. Root 'genuinely cares' about his players

    Joe Root

    England coach Chris Silverwood on Sky Sports: "The first two weeks was hard. But it galvanised the guys. When we're all behind each other, we can see what can happen.

    "We've got another game to win. South Africa will come back hard. We've got to be just as prepped as we were for this game and keep driivng it forward."

    On captain Joe Root: "I'm very pleased. Joe cares immensely, firstly about English cricket but also about his players. He genuinely cares and he wants the best for them. He has improved day by day."

  8. Youngsters bring energy to dressing room - Silverwood

    England coach Chris Silverwood, speaking to Sky Sports, on the youngsters in the side: "They bring their own energy into the dressing room. One thing I've asked them to do which is really impressive, is I asked them to have lots of energy on the field.

    "Woody is also full of energy and mischief. To have him back is super."

    Dom Bess and Ollie Pope
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    SMS Message: If he's fit, I would bring in Archer straight away, based on the quick Wanderers wicket. Alas Bess may be the to give way, but Sam Curran needs to do more as a frontline seamer. from Ray in Basingstoke.
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    Joe Root on Jofra Archer's fitness: "It is hard to say when we have got lot a on our plate in the middle. It has not been the first thing on my mind.

    "The fact he is back bowling is a good sign. It is a big couple of days. It would be nice to have that option going into selecting that team [for fourth Test]."

    Jofra Archer
  11. 'I couldn't be more proud'

    Ollie Pope

    England captain Joe Root on Sky Sports: "The way we have played since Cape Town, they way we've adapted to difference surfaces, I couldn't be more proud of the group.

    "There have been four performances in this tour where guys have got a hundred or five-for from guys under the age of 25.

    "We've got a really clear direction of how we want to take the team forward. The guys have come in and responded."

    On the 99-run last-wicket stand: "You can look at the last hour but we're concentrating on the four days before that, when we were outstanding."

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    The future's bright.

    Ollie Pope
  13. 'Winning feeling even better than hundred'

    Man of the match Ollie Pope at the presentation: "It [his century] was an amazing feeling but it wouldn't have counted for much if we didn't win the game. To get over the line this morning is an even better feeling.

    "To bat with Stokesy is a privilege. He gets better and better. He is awesome to watch.

    "We have got Sri Lanka coming up, hopefully I get a few more [catches] in there [at short-leg]. It is not the best place to do it but I really enjoyed it.

    "The two that batted this morning batted nicely. It was frustrating at times but nice to see Sammy hit the stumps there."

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    I'm right here for Keshav Maharaj and Dane Paterson posing like an Under-14s game after that partnership.

    They put on 99 from 73 balls.

    Maharaj and Paterson
  15. 'Stokes is a thorn in our side'

    South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: "So far this series our bowlers have kept a lid on their batting line-up but the toss was always going to play a role with the spin and England played some really great cricket.

    "Ben Stokes is a thorn in our side and very challenging to get rid of. He and (Ollie) Pope played two very good innings and laid a platform for their guys to play freely.

    "We batted poorly. We needed to fight and we didn’t do that.

    "We’re not putting on big totals – for England it’s one or two guys that put on the big totals and gives them momentum."

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    David Beckett: England have been hit with a horrible flu virus, the leading bowlers have been injured, an opening batsmen is out with a serious ankle injury and they are 2-1 up in the series. I don't think a new captain is needed.

    Andrew Walker: If it’s 1-0 in the 90th minute yes, you hold the ball in the corner, but if you’re 4-0 up and coasting you don’t boo the centre-half for attempting a 30yard screamer. It’s called sport... glad Root went for it!

    GC: In fairness to Root, I'm sure all ten of his teammates were pushing him to bowl and get his 5-fer. When it became apparent he wasn't going to, he took himself off.

  17. 'How we want to play our cricket'

    England captain Joe Root: "It's a great template for how we want to play our cricket: a big first-innings score and drive the game forward from there.

    "Winning the game late on... we knew that we had to take that forward into this week, and we did that very well.

    "We want to keep giving our young guys confidence so that when they get their opportunities they feel they can perform.

    "Our team is all about the collective and we’ve got a very good squad of players. Having guys at a young age stepping up is a really exciting place to be."