South Africa in deep trouble as England spin towards victory in first Test

• First Test, day three: England 458 & 119-1, South Africa 361
• Spinners Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson help put England in command

Now the tourists are in a deep hole. They will probably have to bat for four and a half sessions to save the first Test on one of the best Lord’s surfaces of recent times. Its excellence stems not from the unalloyed evenness that batsmen love, but from the fact it is deteriorating as a good cricket pitch should.

The ball is turning a little, the bounce cannot always be trusted and on Saturday night England were ahead by 216 runs with nine wickets in hand. It looks as if Joe Root will be in a position to deliver his first declaration as an England captain some time on Sunday afternoon.

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