England were already nearing a series lead coming into the fifth day’s play at The Oval – this after the hammering they received in the second Test at Trent Bridge. The hosts were gutsy and resilient in the first four days – with the bat and the ball. Into the fifth, that fantastic show with the ball continued. Resuming from 117/4, Dean Elgar was the only ray of hope for the visitors as he scored his eighth Test century. But with two wickets in two balls by Toby Roeland-Jones and then a hat-trick by Moeen Ali, England clinched a convincing 239 run win at The Oval in the 100th Test at the iconic venue. The action now shifts to an all important fourth and final Test where the visitors would need to collect themselves. And do so quickly.
England vs South Africa, 3rd Test Day 5, score and updates: South Africa were bowled out at 252 runs after resuming from 117/4 on the fifth day. Dean Elgar brought up his eighth century even with wickets falling by the wayside at the other end. The visitors were chasing 492 runs for the win.
England XI: Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Toby Roland-Jones, James Anderson, Tom Westley
South Africa XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (c), Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Vernon Philander, Chris Morris, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada