Alastair Cook scored an unbeaten gritty half-century to take England to 138 for two at stumps on day two after Quinton de Kock's maiden century propelled South Africa's first innings total to 475 in the fourth Test in Centurion.
Stephen Cook became the hundredth debutant to score a Test century after which England pegged back the South African first innings total to 329 for five at stumps on day one of the fourth Test in Centurion.
Stuart Broad's performance in the ongoing Test series against South Africa has reaped benefits as he has been named as the replacement for the injured Liam Plunkett in the England One-Day International squad.
In the span of two months, South Africa lost two things extremely valuable - their decade long invincibility in away tours and their coveted number one Test ranking. India ensured the first, England affected the second.
Australia have been handed a fresh injury blow as their flamboyant all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is doubtful for the fifth One-Day International against India after suffering a knee injury in the fourth game.
England coach Trevor Bayliss has challenged his players to secure a 3-0 margin in the ongoing Test series against South Africa after they claimed an unassailable lead of 2-0 with a victory in the third Test in Johannesburg.
Stuart Broad has become the first England bowler to claim the top spot in the International Cricket Council Test bowler rankings since 2004 after taking eight wickets in the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.
A brilliant six-wicket haul by Stuart Broad dismantled South Africa for 83 in their second innings as England chased down the paltry target of 74 runs in 22.4 overs to inflict a seven-wicket defeat on the Proteas thereby finishing the third Test within three days and sealing the four-match series 2-0.