England were set a record target of 474 to win the second Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge on Sunday.
South Africa declared their second innings on 343 for nine shortly before the close of the third day.
England survived the four overs — two each from Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander — they were asked to play before stumps on day three. They scored only one run and opener Alastair Cook survived a leg-before wicket decision on the third ball after he reviewed the on-field decision.But, that was the only highlight for England on slow and steady day of Test cricket.
The most any side have made to win in the fourth innings of a Test is the West Indies' 418 for seven against Australia at St John's, Antigua, in 2003.
Hashim Amla top-scored for the Proteas on Sunday with 87, opener Dean Elgar made 80 and returning captain Faf du Plessis 63.
Off-spinner Moeen Ali took four for 78.
England lead the four-match series 1-0 after a 211-run victory in the first Test at Lord's last week.