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ENG vs SA, 3rd Test, Day 4: Ben Stokes rips through South Africa top order, leaves Proteas on brink of defeat

ENG vs SA, 3rd Test, Day 4: Ben Stokes rips through South Africa top order, leaves Proteas on brink of defeat

Two wickets from successive balls in Ben Stokes` third over removed Quinton de Kock (5) and Faf du Plessis (0) and ended faint South Africa hopes of mounting a rearguard action in pursuit of their nominal target of 492.

SA vs ENG: South Africa’s Dean Elgar eager to get his own back on Stuart Broad in upcoming Test series

SA vs ENG: South Africa’s Dean Elgar eager to get his own back on Stuart Broad in upcoming Test series

Last year`s Johannesburg Test saw the now 31-year-old Broad take six for 17 in the second innings to lay the platform for England`s series-winning seven-wicket victory over the Proteas.

ENG vs SA: England look to 'positive' Joe Root in Test series against South Africa

ENG vs SA: England look to 'positive' Joe Root in Test series against South Africa

Root was appointed in February after Alastair Cook, still in the team purely as an opening batsman, stood down but this week`s match will be England`s first Test since the change of skipper.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis to miss first Test against England

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis to miss first Test against England

Opening batsman Dean Elgar will lead the team and become the 12th player to captain South Africa since their readmission to international cricket in 1992.

ENG vs SA: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis to miss first Test; Dean Elgar to lead

The 32-year-old batsman -- who became only the fourth South African to score a century on his Test debut in 2012 -- returned home for the birth of his first child last week, but will be unable to return in time for the opening match of the four-Test series.

WATCH: Mason Crane stuns South African Dean Elgar with Shane Warne-esque spin in county cricket

WATCH: Mason Crane stuns South African Dean Elgar with Shane Warne-esque spin in county cricket

The South African looked completely mistimed as the double bouncer went on to hit the stumps in a rather surprising manner.

NZ vs SA, 1st Test: Dean Elgar soldiers on as South Africa take 191-run lead against New Zealand

NZ vs SA, 1st Test: Dean Elgar soldiers on as South Africa take 191-run lead against New Zealand

At stumps, New Zealand had South Africa at 224 for six, a lead of 191 but with the prospect of a result threatened by forecast rain on the final day.

SA vs NZ, 1st Test: Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis accrete South Africa's lead, Jetan Patel takes two on Day 4

SA vs NZ, 1st Test: Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis accrete South Africa's lead, Jetan Patel takes two on Day 4

Temba Bavuma was then bowled by Mitchell Santner for six and Quinton de Kock also bowled by Patel for four in gloomy conditions, with players leaving the field with nine overs remaining.

SA vs NZ : Dean Elgar`s composed century rescues South Africa after three early blows by New Zealand

SA vs NZ : Dean Elgar`s composed century rescues South Africa after three early blows by New Zealand

Although the pitch offered little support for the bowlers, for the batsmen it was a constant struggle to score with 30 maidens among the 90 overs bowled.  

Kagiso Rabada replaces Dale Steyn as South Africa's No.1 Test bowler; Hashim Amla climbs to 6th spot

Kagiso Rabada replaces Dale Steyn as South Africa's No.1 Test bowler; Hashim Amla climbs to 6th spot

South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 118 runs in Johannesburg, which gave it a 3-0 series win and moved up to 107 points

SA vs SL, 2nd Test, Day 1: Dean Elgar hits career-best century to guide South Africa out of trouble

SA vs SL, 2nd Test, Day 1: Dean Elgar hits career-best century to guide South Africa out of trouble

Dean Elgar hit a career-best century to guide South Africa out of trouble on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

Opinions divided on Dean Elgar's catch which sent Matt Renshaw packing at Adelaide – Video

Opinions divided on Dean Elgar's catch which sent Matt Renshaw packing at Adelaide – Video

The decision wasn't straight forward as a prolonged third umpire's review was required to confirm if Dean Elgar had taken the catch cleanly or not.

WATCH: Dean Elgar's weird 'duck' which gave David Warner a life during 2nd Australia-South Africa Test

WATCH: Dean Elgar's weird 'duck' which gave David Warner a life during 2nd Australia-South Africa Test

Warner was batting on 24 when the incident happened and he couldn't make the best of the opportunity as he was bowled by Abbott in the 23rd over.

Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 4: As it happened...

Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 4: As it happened...

David Warner's run-out was the turning point on Day 4 of the first Test between Australia and South Africa, as the hosts were struggling at 169/4 while chasing a formidable target of 538 runs.

Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test: JP Duminy, Dean Elgar hit centuries as Proteas dominate Day 3

Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test: JP Duminy, Dean Elgar hit centuries as Proteas dominate Day 3

At stumps on the third day the visitors were 390 for six in their second innings, an overall lead of 388 with four wickets in hand although the injured Dale Steyn is not expected to bat.

Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test: Visiting Proteas produce remarkable fightback on day 2

Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test: Visiting Proteas produce remarkable fightback on day 2

At stumps on the second day, the visitors were 104 for two, an overall lead of 102.

VIDEO: James Taylor takes freak catch at short-leg against South Africa

VIDEO: James Taylor takes freak catch at short-leg against South Africa

Taylor's catch was probably England's best moment on the first day of fourth and final Test with debutant Proteas opener Stephen Cook and majestic Hashim Amla toying with the visiting bowlers.

RSA vs ENG, 2nd Test: Record-breaking Ben Stokes puts Proteas to sword

RSA vs ENG, 2nd Test: Record-breaking Ben Stokes puts Proteas to sword

Stokes slammed 258 and Bairstow made 150 not out before England declared on 629 for six. The pair shared a world Test record sixth wicket partnership of 399. Stokes` score was the highest by a number six batsman in Tests.

SA vs Eng, 1st Test: Steven Finn strikes as visitors push for win

SA vs Eng, 1st Test: Steven Finn strikes as visitors push for win

South Africa were 136 for four at the close of play, facing a long struggle to bat out the final day.

1st Test: All-round Stuart Broad puts England on top on Day 2 vs South Africa

1st Test: All-round Stuart Broad puts England on top on Day 2 vs South Africa

South Africa were 137 for four at the close, still 166 runs behind England`s first innings total of 303.