Innings South Africa 326 (Erwee 73, Jansen 48, Elgar 47, Maharaj 41, Broad 3-71, Stokes 3-71) lead England 165 by 161 runs
England picked up the three wickets they were searching for on the third morning, but South Africa’s solid batting effort left them with a 161-run first-innings lead. Only one player passed 50 for South Africa, but nine of the XI reached double-figures to cement a strong position for the tourists.
Nortje dealt with the barrage capably, despite a couple of half-chances that did not go to hand, and began to push the scoreboard on, driving Ben Stokes sweetly through mid-on from one of the rare balls in his half.
Jansen, batting at No. 6 for the first time, was the more watchful, adding just seven runs to his overnight score before edging Broad to slip just shy of a maiden Test fifty, as England finally reverted to a more orthodox approach. Nortje thumped Stokes for two more fours, before Broad removed Lungi Ngidi via another catch in the cordon – Jonny Bairstow holding on at the second attempt.