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England face defeat to South Africa.

Summary: England look to be heading for defeat after a frustrating third day in the fourth and final Test against South Africa.

England look to be heading for defeat after a frustrating third day in the fourth and final Test against South Africa.

Leading the series 1-0 going into the game, the tourists look like being denied a series victory after the Proteas took a 243-run first-innings lead and then reduced England to 48-3 second time around.

The issue of the decision review system continued to cause dispute as England failed to get their first referral - lost when Graeme Smith was controversially given not out - reinstated and were therefore unable to challenge the call when AB de Villiers was given not out having seemingly edged to keeper Matt Prior.

Nottinghamshire seamer Ryan Sidebottom said: "I thought we stuck to our task well, it was very frustrating and we felt we deserved a few more wickets.

"We played well but in the afternoon session we didn't bowl as well as we possibly could. We were maybe a little too straight with the new ball and it's frustrating not to bowl them out."

Sidebottom was the frustrated bowler as De Villiers was reprieved en route to a score of 58, but he was unwilling to dwell for too long on the DRS issue.

The left-armer said: "We've seen a few edges not given but that's cricket - we do feel a bit aggrieved and frustrated but it's out of our hands and the authorities will sort it out.

"It will change in future if we can use the whole system with (the Snickometer) and Hot Spot - if you're going to use it, use it all.

"But until then we just have to get on with it."

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