Steven Finn took three wickets to reduce South Africa to 136 for four in a chase of 416 runs, putting England on a course for their first Test win against the Proteas since December 2009 despite a solid resistance from AB de Villiers.
Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Lyon shared seven wickets between them on the fourth day to dismiss West Indies for 282 in the final innings and ensuring a 177-run victory for Australia in the second Test in Melbourne to claim the series 2-0.
West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite asserted that the team is eager to put up a fight against Australia after a much improved performance with the bat in the third day of the second Test in Melbourne.
Riding on Joe Root's unbeaten half-century England scored 172 for three at stumps on day three to stretch their lead to 261 runs with seven wickets in hand after Dean Elgar's unbeaten hundred remained the only saving grace for South Africa in their first innings of the first Test in Durban.
Australia took their lead to 459 runs with seven wickets in hand at stumps on day three after a spirited fightback led by Darren Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite helped West Indies post 271 in their first innings of the second Test in Adelaide.
Martin Guptill smashed the fastest fifty by a New Zealand player as the Black Caps chased down a target of 118 runs in just 8.2 overs to complete a comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka in the second One-Day International in Christchurch.
Dean Elgar struck a patient unbeaten fifty to hold South Africa's innings together even as Stuart Broad took three crucial wickets to reduce the hosts to 137 for four with a deficit of 166 runs at stumps on day two of the first Test in Durban.
Australian bowlers dented the West Indies batting lineup, restricting them to 91 for six at stumps on day two after Steven Smith and Adam Voges completed centuries to take Australia to 551 for three in the first innings of the first Test in Melbourne.
Pakistan One-Day International captain Azhar Ali and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez have returned to the national training camp in Lahore after meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan.