Maligned for waning stretches of form prior to this third Test, fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad answered critics with three crucial wickets each, as England maintained command on day three at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday.
England held a commanding lead of 544 runs at stumps on day two of the third Test against India in Southampton, after Gary Ballance and Ian Bell's big centuries saw them declare late in the day.
South Africa managed to pull off a tense day late on day five in Colombo, resisting the Sri Lanka spinners to take the series one-nil and thus reclaim the number one Test ranking off Australia.
South Africa slipped to 38 for one - and a hefty 331-run deficit - on a rain-affected fourth day of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo on Sunday.
Captain Alastair Cook's long-awaited return to form and a fine century from fellow left-hander Gary Ballance pushed England to a position of dominance on day one of the third Test against India at the Rose Bowl.