Dale Steyn's fitness will be crucial for South Africa on Day Four © Getty Images
Dale Steyn’s fitness will be crucial for South Africa on Day Four © Getty Images

England are in commanding position on Day Three of the first Test against South Africa as they have ended Day Three at 172 for 3, thereby securing a lead of 261 runs with seven wickets in hand. Joe Root and James Taylor are the two unbeaten batsmen for England batting on 60 and 24 respectively. South Africa were bowled out for 214 and had therefore conceded a lead of 89 runs in the first innings. Dean Elgar was the star for South Africa as he carried his bat through with an unbeaten 118. Only AB de Villiers gave him decent support, but he too was dismissed for 49. Live Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs England, 1st Test at Durban, Day 4

Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali bowled brilliant spells for England as both of them picked up four wickets apiece. Steven Finn picked up the other two wickets to fall. This has been an excellent performance by England in the match so far and they will look to add some quick runs on Day Four and look to set the Proteas a target of somewhere close to 400. South Africa will be in desperate need of wickets. With an injury scare for Dale Steyn, there will be doubts whether he can put in a good performance in the second innings. Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs England, 2015-16, 1st Test, Day 4 at Durban

Having put into bat, England scored 303 in their first innings, with Nick Compton top-scoring for them with 85. James Taylor too scored a handy 70, which helped England take their score past 300. It will be a stern test for South Africa when play resumes on Day Four.

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