Joe Root remained not-out on   © Getty Images
Joe Root remained not-out on © Getty Images

The final session of Day Three had England playing more and missing less until the final one hour as South Africa finally manage to get the wicket of Nick Compton. Compton and Joe Root started off from where they ended on tea batting with more aggression this time around. Root and James Taylor have batted well contributing 53 runs together. Taylor and Root did manage to have withered the pace bowling of Morne Morkel, who has easily been the lead bowler for South Africa. Root also got his 17th half century in Tests as he remained unbeaten on 60. James Taylor who is playing well, started from his score of 70 ended in the first innings stayed not-out on 24 at stumps on Day 3, 1st Test at Durban. Live Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs England, 1st Test at Durban, Day 3

Earlier, Compton got out after making an steady 49 from 116 balls. Root on the other hand was far more aggressive with his game play. With a lead of 147 in the kitty, England looked firm favorites to get as many runs as they can. Compton and Root had a 71 run partnership for the third wicket in the 23.3 they batted together. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 1st Test at Durban, Day 3

South Africa already a bad start to their second bowling innings with Dale Steyn being out off bowling citing an shoulder injury. Morkel has adjusted well to the fact that his partner in crime Steyn missing out. Steyn had bowled only 3.3 overs before going off the field and returning back to bowl three more deliveries just to taken off again.Dane Piedt has been South Africa’s most successful bowler picking up two wickets in his 18 overs.

Brief Scores:

England 303 (Nick Compton 85, James Taylor 70, Jonny Bairstow 41; Morne Morkel 4 for 75, Dale Steyn 4 for 70) & 172 for 3 ( Joe Root 60*, Nick Compton 49; Dane Piedt 2 for 65, Morne Morkel 1 for 19 ) lead South Africa 214  (Dean Elgar 118*, AB de Villiers 49, Dale Steyn 16; Stuart Broad 4 for 25, Moeen Ali 4 for 69) by 261  runs

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(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime, and plays cricket once a white moon. His twitter handle is @vishal_oxyjinn.)