'I've loved this, ' said the Durham fast bowler. "To have that repsonsibility and then to back it up, it gives me more confidence", said Bess.
"I've waited quite a while to come back". As per rules, four or more demerit points are converted into suspension points leading to a player getting banned for a particular period of time. However when the action finally began, Nortje and Quinton de Kock pur up an wonderful fight.
Sliced and diced by England's tricks, South Africa also found the tourist's spinners nearly unplayable, with Dom Bess keeping a tight line, but Root was rampant.
Root finally unleashed Stokes into the attack and he got the better of Nortje in his second over when a length delivery moved away and got an outside edge that was taken at slip by the captain. Despite having to battle through at times on the first day, having survived numerous scratchy moments - including a tough chance to short leg on 10 - he resumed his innings in a more recognisably bullish frame of mind. This time the England captain held on.
Mark Wood said he is anxious England's hopes of winning the rain-hit third Test against South Africa could be put in jeopardy by the weather on the final day. He had added 54 for the seventh wicket with Vernon Philander, 27 not out, when stumps were drawn.
England now seem assured of taking an unbeatable 2-1 series lead into the final Test starting in Johannesburg on Friday.
That was as good as it got, with Rabada chipping lazily to Wood at mid-off, Broad having bagged three for nought in 2.4 overs.
England advanced towards an innings victory in the third Test against South Africa as their pacemen sent stumps flying and Joe Root played an unlikely starring role with the ball.
Bowling from the end where fellow off-spinner Dom Bess took five wickets in the first innings, he trapped Pieter Malan leg before wicket in the last over before tea.
Following Ollie Pope's century on the second day, it was the second breakthrough performance by a 22-year-old for England.
He had snagged two overnight as South Africa lost wickets at the start of their innings in the gloom at the close of the second day, and picked up where he left off on Saturday.
However, Rabada's celebration post dismissing Root has brought him under the spotlight as he has been found guilty of a level one offence.
Stuart Broad narrowly missed Nortje's off stump on two with one than nipped in and Joe Root put him down at slip off Bess soon after. He claimed Nortje's wicket with his tenth delivery before his succession of dropped chances.
But his fifth wicket came two balls later to celebrate happily as Van der Dussen continued to play and was played for 24 bowling. He was another bat-pad victim, giving Pope his fifth catch of the match.