Amla triple century puts SA in control

England face a tense battle to save the First Test and their world number one ranking after Hashim Amla became the first South African to score a triple century

The 29-year-old made history several times on day four at the Kia Oval, firstly when he surpassed AB de Villiers’ 278 not out – the previous highest Test innings for a South African – and then when passed 300.

South Africa declared on 637 for two.

In reply, England lost their top four cheaply in reaching 102-4 by the close, needing a further 150 to avoid an innings defeat.

A superb South African side are well and truly in the driving seat as play begins in day five.

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