England took control of the fourth Test with South Africa and reduced the hosts to 88/6 after having 400 on The Wanderers.
Ollie Pope and Joe Root built on their partnership from the previous evening by putting England on 258/4 before Pope, who had crossed fifty for the third time in the series, tugged an Anrich Nortje shipment onto his stumps after the drinks had penetrated were leaving the morning session for 56.
Root soon followed the same bowler for 59 and Sam Curran pushed back from the next ball to exacerbate England’s misery. After Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes left England 318/9, South Africa would have been happy with their recovery.
At the time their booth was running out, England had reached 400 points for the second time in a row since December 2017.
England’s momentum continued with the ball and although Pieter Malan and Dean Elgar resisted, they struggled to make the goal scorers work hard. When Malan lagged behind the delivery of Mark Wood at a speed of 150 km / h in the 19th century, South Africa had only 29 on the board.
Rassie van der Dussen’s first inning as test # 3 was one to forget when Curran sent him to a duck, but the most daunting moment of the day for the Proteas came from a tame cut from Elgar’s blade that was offered the easiest catch for woakes.
The poor form of Faf du Plessis continued when he lost three pounds and Temba Bavuma could only raise six on his test tour.
Nortje, who had completed his first test for five at the beginning of the day, was late at night as a night watchman against the music, but with the last ball of the day Wood – unable to keep out of the action – pulled out the outside edge of the ball ,
At the other end, Quinton de Kock looked good to remain unbeaten at 32, but for South Africa to hope to save this test, he has to deliver something very special on day three.