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Day 3

226dGeorge Dobell in Johannesburg

Cook in command of England's new beginnings

Victory in South Africa has added another mighty notch to Alastair Cook's burgeoning captaincy CV, but his team are still at the beginning of their journey

226dFirdose Moonda at the Wanderers

South Africa, and the Wanderers, left stunned

The series arrived in Johannesburg with talk of South Africa having turned a corner, hope being renewed. In the space of three days - or, in fact, one Stuart Broad spell - that illusion was shattered

Day 2

226dThe Report by David Hopps

Root hundred leads England recovery

Joe Root has been jostling for the place as the No. 1 Test batsman in the world over the last six months, but his gilded reputation can only have been further elevated by a richly enterprising hundred against South Africa

226dGeorge Dobell at the Wanderers

Root produces his best yet

He was the first batsman to pass fifty in the match and looked a class above anyone else on a lively pitch that is making for terrific Test cricket

226dFirdose Moonda at the Wanderers

Hardus nails it

Hardus Viljoen might have emigrated to New Zealand last year. Instead he has claimed a rare double on debut to keep South Africa fighting at The Wanderers

226dGeorge Dobell at the Wanderers

Anderson's frustations boil over

The England camp have admitted that James Anderson had been warned twice for running on the pitch before he was removed from the attack

Day 1

226dESPNcricinfo staff

Knee injury rules de Kock out of third Test

South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has been ruled out of the third Test against England, which starts today in Johannesburg, after suffering an injury to his right knee on Wednesday evening

Others

226dGeorge Dobell at the Wanderers

Sublime Finn injects life into droopy England

Steven Finn's combination of pace, bounce, control and movement ensured England wrested the advantage on a tough day, even as several of his team-mates struggled to shake off an illness

226dGeorge Dobell at the Wanderers

De Villiers' comments should ring alarm bells

Good crowds and compelling cricket have been promised at the Wanderers, but the bigger picture for Tests is far from positive and English cricket should not think it is immune

226dFirdose Moonda in Johannesburg

De Villiers unsure of long-term future

AB de Villiers has refused to commit his long-term future to Test cricket despite being named South Africa's stand-in captain

Heading for the lowest?

79

SA's lowest total in Tests since their readmission in 1992 - 79 vs Ind, Nagpur, 2015.

Nemesis

9

No. of times de Villiers has got out to Broad in 13 Tests - already the most he has got out to a bowler. Next highest: 6 times to Siddle in 12 Tests.

Quite an achievement!

0

No. of times Elgar got out before van Zyl in the 10 inns they opened together previously. This inns is the first of that kind.

Opener?

16.11

Van Zyl's average while opening in 10 inns, before this inns. As non-opener, he averages 66.33 (4 inns at No.6 & 7).

Leading from behind

2

No. of times in the last 7 Tests the team batting second took a lead at Wanderers, before this Test. Eng took a 10-run lead in this Test.

Lack of big scores

0

No. of 50s for Broad in his last 47 Test inns, before this; last was 65 in Ashes 2013. He made 11 50-plus scores in his first 80 inns.

Finally

1964

Last time an Eng No. 4 scored a Test century in SA - Ken Barrington (121) also in Johannesburg, in Dec 1964. Root does it in this Test.