Joe Root claimed career best Test bowling figures as he celebrated an impressive innings victory over South Africa at Port Elizabeth in style, sealing a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

The Yorkshire star’s 4-87 in the second innings, which helped secure an innings and 53-run success shortly before lunch during today’s fifth day, was the best bowling return by an England captain since 1984 (the late Bob Willis – 4-51 v New Zealand).

A rounded display puts England within a whisker of a rare away series victory, with the final Test beginning at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Friday (8am) UK.

An image of Lauren Winfield-Hill and Adil Rashid, with the Yorkshire logo and Northern Diamonds logo in the middle

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