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Root on hand to put England in command

19th January 2020, 18:35 by Tom Hill

England skipper Joe Root showed his skill with the ball to put England on the brink of victory in the third Test against South Africa.

The Yorkshireman dismissed Pieter Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis in Port Elizabeth to leave South Africa on 102-6 on Sunday.

South Africa added just one to their overnight total in the first innings after resuming on 208-6, with Stuart Broad claiming three wickets.

Life did not get any easier in the second innings, and Root was helped by Mark Wood as he claimed two wickets to give England every chance of taking an unassailable lead in the series, with the hosts still 188 runs behind England's first-innings total.

Du Plessis managed to score 36 from 123 balls, but Root's off-spin caused chaos for South Africa's batsmen.

England are closing in on a 2-1 lead with one Test to play and former bowler Matthew Hoggard says he was stunned to see Root cause so much trouble.

He told The Cricket Social: "England were totally dominant - aided and abetted by South Africa. They have gifted wickets to England. The amount of trouble that Joe Root has caused, coming round the wicket, is a mystery. I can't understand how they haven't come up with a plan to counteract that."

England look set to win the Test on Monday, but rain is forecast as South Africa look to hang on.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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