England finally ended it when Maharaj tried a quick single with South Africa in sight of making it to the lunch break. He looks like someone who will score a lot of runs for England for a long time to come.
Du Plessis said he was determined that South Africa should put up a better performance in the fourth and final Test, starting in Johannesburg on Friday, which could be his final home Test appearance. "I think that is the only difference between the teams".
That series ended with England gaining a consolation win in a contrived finish to a Test in Centurion which was later revealed to have been orchestrated by Cronje in collaboration with a bookmaker.
28 - As many as 28 runs came in an over bowled by Joe Root at Keshav Maharaj which included four byes. South Africa broke the record held by Zimbabwe with 26 consecutive Tests without a draw between 2005 and 2017.
"That's great to see, but to also see another two youngsters in this game really step up to the plate and make massive contribution is exactly what we are after at the moment in our development as a team", he said. "We've played cricket long enough to know how to get out of a slump, but it can be hard".More news: Democrats struggle to build broad support on eve of voting
"The great thing for me is we have got the headache of looking at the bench and looking at the players not in the side". But, Rabada is trying to remain positive and whoever replaces him in the fourth Test, that bowler will have the full backing from the pace spearhead.
Certainly the notable success of four players aged 24 or under on this tour - Ollie Pope, Dominic Sibley, Dominic Bess and Jofra Archer - has lifted team morale. Credit should also be given to Ben Stokes, who will still be celebrating his big award win from last month. My door's always open to him, he knows that.
Still, the series is not yet won and the Wanderers in Johannesburg is a place, certainly in recent times, where England have won as many as they have lost (it is two each on that front since 1999).
This has resulted in his one-Test ban.
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Surely only rain can save the host, with a mixed forecast for the final day in Port Elizabeth, where England only need four goals to take a 2-1 lead with a game.
South Africa has been hurtling downhill like a runaway train, and it doesn't appear there's anyone there to apply the brakes. I've got to find a way that potentially he comes back in and at the same time we've got Woakesy sat there as well.
"By no means are we the finished article, but we are heading in the right direction", Root said.
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Root said Pope, whose 135 not out marked a maiden Test hundred, and fellow 22-year-old, off-spinner Dom Bess, who took the first five wickets in the first innings, had made "massive contributions".