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England wraps up 3rd test, takes 2-1 series lead

England walloped South Africa by an innings and 53 runs in the third test yesterday to turn the series around and lead 2-1 with one to play.

England needed four wickets on the last day in Port Elizabeth and fast bowler Stuart Broad ticked the first one off in the first over to send Vernon Philander packing for 13. England went through the South African tail fairly quickly to have the home team 138-9 until a boundary-filled last-wicket partnership of 99 between Keshav Maharaj and Dane Paterson held up the victory charge. Maharaj hit 10 fours and three sixes. He hit three fours and two sixes off England captain Joe Root in one over. The last ball went for four leg byes and those 28 runs equaled the world record for the number of runs in a test over. No. 11 Paterson clubbed six fours in his 39 off 40 balls. Despite South Africa’s last stand, the scale of England’s victory was still stark. The tourists now need to add the finishing touch in the last test in Johannesburg. A draw there will be enough for a landmark series victory away from home for Root’s young team. England made 499-9 declared batting first at St George’s Park. England bowled South Africa out for 209 in its first innings and 237 in its second innings yesterday morning for the huge victory.


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