England v South Africa, 2nd NatWest ODI, West End August 28, 2012

Amla ton leads SA to third No. 1 spot

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South Africa 287 for 5 (Amla 150, Smith 52) beat England 207 (Bell 45, Patel 45) by 80 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa became the first side to be ranked No. 1 in all three formats and did it in fitting style, with a crushing 80-run victory in the second one-day international to end England's run of 10 consecutive wins. South Africa's success was, not for the first time on this tour, set around a fantastic innings from Hashim Amla as he made a career-best 150 from 124 balls on a pitch that was far from easy for strokeplay.

Amla's innings, South Africa's sixth-highest in one-day internationals, marshalled South Africa to an imposing 287 for 5 and England never really threatening to get close once Ian Bell's sprightly knock was ended by Robin Peterson. The spinners played a key role on a helpful surface - England's had earlier found some turn, too - and when Eoin Morgan pulled JP Duminy to deep midwicket the game was up.

This match, though, was about a man who is having a defining tour. It was another day when Amla's run-scoring feats came into clear focus as he became the fastest man to 3000 ODI runs, beating the previous record held by Viv Richards. His innings included 16 boundaries, ranging from the expansive flick over midwicket to the cover drive to the wonderfully cheeky deflection past the keeper off Tim Bresnan late in the innings.

Amla and Graeme Smith added 89 for the first wicket - after being forced to battle against some lively new-ball bowling - which laid the platform for South Africa. Amla then took over with one of the finest pieces of one-day batting you could wish to see. Amla's hundred, his tenth in one-day internationals, came off 96 balls and it was an innings full of deft placement. He toyed with the England bowlers right to the final moment when he threaded Steven Finn through backward point to reach 150; his third fifty needed just 27 deliveries.

England, though, did not help their cause as far as Amla was concerned. He could have been run out twice - on 1 when Samit Patel, preferred at the last minute to Chris Woakes, was slow to the ball from mid-off, and then on 62 when James Anderson produced a poor throw from short fine leg - and was also dropped twice. The first catching chance came on 42 when Craig Kieswetter put down a thin edge off Patel and the wicketkeeper dropped another, one-handed down the leg side, when Amla had 92.

It was a poor day for Kieswetter and a bad time for fallibility to rear its head, with Jonny Bairstow and Matt Prior breathing down his neck. In a tough analysis of his performance he also missed a chance offered by AB de Villiers, on 1, diving full stretch to his right. It was the hardest of his chances, but the type Kieswetter had started to pluck out of thin air.

The early stages looked much like the Test series. Smith and Amla resisted whatever pressure the England bowlers were able to exert although both had moments of fortune, especially during the first spells from Finn and James Anderson. South Africa waited until the sixth over for their first boundary when Smith, in typical style, took a ball from well outside off straight past mid-off when most batsman would have driven through extra cover.

The acceleration started towards the end of the mandatory Powerplay when overs seven to nine went for a combined 32 runs, including eight boundaries. Fourteen of those runs came off Bresnan's opening over and he remained the most expensive bowler. Swann was introduced in the 12th over but it was Patel who caused the greater problems, particularly to Smith who was intent on trying to sweep the left-arm spinner.

Smith reached his fifty from 70 balls before his eagerness to press on during the bowling Powerplay brought his downfall when he top-edged Bresnan. South Africa's momentum stalled for a period as Duminy sacrificed himself in a mix-up with Amla (the end result of the innings showed that was the correct decision) and Dean Elgar, in his first ODI innings after the Cardiff washout, struggled to tick the scoreboard over, especially against the spinners. He had laboured to 15 off 28 balls when Swann turned one past his outside edge to take middle. It was a rare moment for Swann to enjoy in a difficult season.

It took South Africa just two balls to make a breakthrough when Lonwabo Tsotsobe, the left-arm quick, speared a full delivery under Alastair Cook's bat to take the off stump. Generally, however, the quick bowlers pitched a touch too short, which allowed Bell to score freely although his intent in using his feet also played a part in disrupting the bowlers' length. No one, though, had the staying power of Amla.

Just as the second-wicket stand was building Jonathan Trott top-edged a pull towards long leg where Elgar, having almost misjudged the chance and come in too far, took a stunning catch over his shoulder and managed to hold on when he hit the ground. It was the sort of fielding brilliance that England have lacked in recent months.

Peterson's wickets came in contrasting style. His first was the perfect left-arm spinner's dismissal as Bell, lunging forward, was beaten by one that turned and struck his off stump. The second was the type a spinner will happily take an embellish for future reference when Ravi Bopara, trying to regain form after his time out of cricket, carved a long hop to cover.

Briefly, Bopara had started to look as though form was returning with a sweetly struck square drive and a crisp pull - reaching double figures for the first time since his personal problems curtailed his Test series against South Africa - but the manner of his dismissal will bring the pressure back on him. Kieswetter's day did not get much better when he became Elgar's first international scalp as an outside edge rebounded off de Villiers and looped to slip; Kieswetter had done himself no favours by trying to play to leg against the turn. This batting, on a slow but hardly threatening pitch, did not bode well for the subcontinent.

To highlight the excellence of what Amla had produced Morgan, one of the finest timers and placers of a ball in world cricket, struggled to adjust to conditions and was barely striking above 50 when he picked out the man at deep midwicket. As Bresnan and Swann offered limp edges to de Villiers against Wayne Parnell it did not go unnoticed that England, as a team, were struggling to match what one player, Kevin Pietersen, had scored on his own at Taunton.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY mthi4life on | August 30, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    The Protea's ODI team and the T20 team have not set the No.1 ranking as their goal,Their goal is the ICC World Cup in both formats,They are still not the finished product.Also the top five teams can beat each other any given Sunday.As a Proteas fan I do not think we will dominate World Cricket,but every side that plays us will know they have to be at their best to beat us.That is what every Cricket loving supporter wants.

  • POSTED BY katandthat3 on | August 30, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Amla has been brilliant on this UK Tour, the Poms will be stoked to see the back of him. Hope England pick Woakes, he looks impressive and they need some new blood in their OD side. Are guys like Hales & Vince a chance? Been watching games back in Australia of the UK T20 & 40 over comps (seen a lot of rain too) and have been impressed with those two.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 30, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Some Indian fans are very much wrong in claiming Bopara, Patel and Amla as Indians. They are very much English and SA citizens. Their ancestors were Indians but completely settled over there and their Indianism stops over there itself. However, the case is different for a KP, Trott, Morgon, Rankin and Dockrell.

  • POSTED BY Kentheavenonearth on | August 30, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Amla MUST BE Wisden's LPitW for 2012. Without him, it could be argued England might have drawn the Test series (with more runs from the captain that never came).

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | August 30, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Congratulations Proteas on becoming number one. You deservedly earn this, but now your underdog statuses, that use to surprise your opponent, is gone and the only movable way in the rankings now is down. You are now the target. Hold on tight to your position cause this will lift everybody's standard. What can I say about Hashim Amla?? If I can choose any South African in any category of society as a reason to be proud of, than Hashim is my number one choice.

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | August 30, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Amla is a very good player in very good form. The fact he has done it against a excellent attack in home conditions all the better. For Ind fans liking him to Kholi is a mistake. If Kholi ever manages to play outside the sub-cont in tests before he retires we might get a better indication. I do think Amla would get into anyones team at the moment if they coiuld have him.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | August 29, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Right now Amla is the best batsman in the world. Sangakkara and Kohli might come close in ODI, but when it comes to test cricket, there's no comparison - Amla is the King. He looks like a re-incarnation of another King of cricket from previous century - W G Grace.

  • POSTED BY tommytucker on | August 29, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    @just_chill_chill Hilarious you think virat kohli is better than Alma. Mega rofl!!!! When Virat scores LOADS of runs in ALL playing conditions and ALL countries, then we can talk.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    south africa rightfully no.1...they r undoubtedly best at the moment

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    SA No.1 Spot in All Three Formats of Cricket....

  • POSTED BY mthi4life on | August 30, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    The Protea's ODI team and the T20 team have not set the No.1 ranking as their goal,Their goal is the ICC World Cup in both formats,They are still not the finished product.Also the top five teams can beat each other any given Sunday.As a Proteas fan I do not think we will dominate World Cricket,but every side that plays us will know they have to be at their best to beat us.That is what every Cricket loving supporter wants.

  • POSTED BY katandthat3 on | August 30, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Amla has been brilliant on this UK Tour, the Poms will be stoked to see the back of him. Hope England pick Woakes, he looks impressive and they need some new blood in their OD side. Are guys like Hales & Vince a chance? Been watching games back in Australia of the UK T20 & 40 over comps (seen a lot of rain too) and have been impressed with those two.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 30, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Some Indian fans are very much wrong in claiming Bopara, Patel and Amla as Indians. They are very much English and SA citizens. Their ancestors were Indians but completely settled over there and their Indianism stops over there itself. However, the case is different for a KP, Trott, Morgon, Rankin and Dockrell.

  • POSTED BY Kentheavenonearth on | August 30, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Amla MUST BE Wisden's LPitW for 2012. Without him, it could be argued England might have drawn the Test series (with more runs from the captain that never came).

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | August 30, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Congratulations Proteas on becoming number one. You deservedly earn this, but now your underdog statuses, that use to surprise your opponent, is gone and the only movable way in the rankings now is down. You are now the target. Hold on tight to your position cause this will lift everybody's standard. What can I say about Hashim Amla?? If I can choose any South African in any category of society as a reason to be proud of, than Hashim is my number one choice.

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | August 30, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Amla is a very good player in very good form. The fact he has done it against a excellent attack in home conditions all the better. For Ind fans liking him to Kholi is a mistake. If Kholi ever manages to play outside the sub-cont in tests before he retires we might get a better indication. I do think Amla would get into anyones team at the moment if they coiuld have him.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | August 29, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Right now Amla is the best batsman in the world. Sangakkara and Kohli might come close in ODI, but when it comes to test cricket, there's no comparison - Amla is the King. He looks like a re-incarnation of another King of cricket from previous century - W G Grace.

  • POSTED BY tommytucker on | August 29, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    @just_chill_chill Hilarious you think virat kohli is better than Alma. Mega rofl!!!! When Virat scores LOADS of runs in ALL playing conditions and ALL countries, then we can talk.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    south africa rightfully no.1...they r undoubtedly best at the moment

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    SA No.1 Spot in All Three Formats of Cricket....

  • POSTED BY siddharth1982 on | August 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Guys comon !!! the fact is - Amla is "South African" and lets be mature to give it to "Amla" and "South Africa" for achieving this feat. It's stupid to keep on talking about his indian origin.....the fact remains....he belongs to south africa and India has no contribition in whatsoever way.... I am Indina....i like to support whatever is right

  • POSTED BY tommytucker on | August 29, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Dear Indian friends, stop claiming Amla as your own, he is ours, all ours!!! South African born and bred, his parents grew up in SA too. Put it this way, he is as south african as Kevin Pietersen and Trott - thats very south african !!!! hahaa

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Amla!..He's Just So Ah-Mazing!...

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    well done SouthAfrica the Proteas are the best and the 1st side to rank no1 in all three formats of the game congats my country is making history i am proud!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Gary Kirsten -the coach for south africans,is doing the magic as he did it for indians....

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | August 29, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    @ Shams Khan "No doubt, Amla is the best batsman (ODI and Test) in world cricket right now." -- Maybe you were sleeping when other teams were playing cricket. Heard of a certain Virat Kohli??

  • POSTED BY Wallaroo on | August 29, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Well done Saffa's, fully deserved.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Hey guys... talk about the sport.. about the commitment and achievements of a player, about the team spirit and sportmanship.... not about the origin of a player.. Congratulations to South Africa... and hats off to the great cricketer in Hashim Amla for the wonderful play..

  • POSTED BY siddharth1982 on | August 29, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Let all other teams fight for rankings.....and let India take away all the big trophies....ICC worldcup 2011, ICC under 19 worldcup 2012 and i'm sure India will also take the ICC t-20 trophy..........India is a very medeocre side with all the problems in the world.........but there is something about them and big tournaments.........they don't choke in knockouts.....most times they are ordinary but sometimes they look unbeatable.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    who says Amla isnt of indian descent? "the first South African of Indian descent to reach the national squad" and i quote. Before telling others that they are wrong, make sure you are right yourself.

  • POSTED BY crashed on | August 29, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    They say that there is no I in TEAM but never forget that without Individuals a team cannot exist for a team is build by individuals.There is 3 I's in the word Individuals. If every team member plays to his/her Individual strengths a team will prosper and win. Do not try and reshape those strengths else you will change the basis the team has been build upon as they were selected for their Individual strengths. Regardless of the South African born origin of some English team members they are playing for England and thus i am sure they play to the best of their ability. Congratz South Africa foir being number 1 in all 3 formats of the game. May you reign long and prosper in future games.

  • POSTED BY majawaid on | August 29, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @Prajyoth Pradeep: Hashim Amla was born in South Africa and his grand parents were from Gujarat, India, ref: wikipedia. every team has its ups and downs. once it was west indies then australia and now south africa. whosoever takes the game seriously and consistent in its performance stays on top. one aspect of this team is amazing that there are so many superior players but with very low profile status without the tag of a 'super star'!! whereas in other teams several inferior players got themselves recognized as the super star.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | August 29, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Maybe the Indian fans could find it within themselves to move on. Honestly, as an Aussie and no Pom lover, even I find the comments from some Indians here to be totally unsportsmanlike. England deserved its #1 status, no question. It was the best team in tests for at least a couple of years. Now its SA's turn. No shame in that.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    apart from hashim amla in general sa team is a team who can beat any team in the world, they have such batting and bowling combinations to beat any team anytime, anywhere, and with hashim in his good form and smith and getting back too.

    they are the only team to hold no 1 ranking in all three formats and they deserve it too.

    keep it up guys.

  • POSTED BY amilag on | August 29, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    I don't think SA will manage to hold no.01 T20 ranking after T20 WC in SL. However Test and ODI rank will last for a longer period since there are very talented players in their team on said two formats.

  • POSTED BY Highflyer_GP on | August 29, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @ kc69: Amla is not Indian!!!

  • POSTED BY Highflyer_GP on | August 29, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @Prajyoth Pradeep: Amla is South African born, as are his parents. His grandparents are from India. What is this obsession with trying to claim him as Indian?

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @Prajyoth Pradeep , FYI Hashim Amla was born in South Africa (Durban) not India!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    SOUTH AFRICA DESERVED TO BE NEXT WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | August 29, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    @youbasherscreatedme:"2 South-Africans (Trott and Kieswetter), 2 Indian origin players (Bopara and Patel) and one from Ireland (Morgan). Well done England!",hope you remember even south africa has Indian(Hashim Amla) and Pakistani(Imran Tahir) and they have done well.

  • POSTED BY DirkL on | August 29, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    @Prajyoth Pradeep: Read Amla's player profile. It's one click away under Related Links. He's not Indian-born. His parents are not Indian-born.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | August 29, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    After the thrashing we dished out to the rather pathetic aussy team, this is just the sorta wake up the ODI team needed.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    South Africa deserves to be showered with praises, from the chokers name tag and other negative media criticism, they stood their guns and worked hard as a unit. Strike 1 , Strike 2, Strike 3, number 1 in all 3 cricketing formats, well done. Where is our king of cricketing satire Andy Zaltmann, i cant wait to hear his anguish on the cricketing woes of England. ps. Wish Kevin Pietersen was playing in the side, but i dont reckon he would made an overall change in the match result.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | August 29, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    We can't expect to win when we drop Amla 4 times - the most in form bat in the world 4 TIMES!!!!! without his fantastic innings SA culd have posted considerably less. MR RandyOZ - Us poms are still here mate, we don't desert when our team's not winning - remember the last ashes, all the empty Aus seats? Don't forget mate, we've had years and years of this loosing lark to harden our spirits and you'll always hear us singing!

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | August 29, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @RandyOZ and pie314, don't worry about our sport lads I seem to remember us smashing the olympics not long ago. Did any of you actually take a look at the Aussies in that. Now that really was pathetic. Austaralia were just hammered by England too. If I was an Aussie or an Indian I wouldn't be getting so arrogant about England losing against this SA side. Rather I would look at the pathetic national efforts of both sides in pretty much all sports. As for this game I agree that England look way short of the mark. I think all summer we have got selections wrong at key moments. Don't get me wrong SA have more talent but we have not utilised our talent. Bresnan is not good enough against the big boys yet we still persist with him. Why? Because he can score a slow 20. I do not understand this mode of thinking. IMO, you pick your best bowlers and try and bowl the opposition out cheaply. You expect the batsman to do their job. Bits and pieces cricketers very rarely work.

  • POSTED BY shovwar on | August 29, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    At Marcio...SA away is more dangerous than SA at home. I m pretty sure the SA team is improving faster than any other team. All credits goes to Kisten n co. U ll see yourself the difference when they visit Aus. I dont have to say anything. BTW the game is in Aus not SA. I was talking about SA in Aus ...Remember what happened last time?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 29, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    @heathrf1974 on (August 29 2012, 06:57 AM GMT) KP resigned/retired from this format and went unbeaten for 6 or 7 games since so surely if they were demoralised they would have been demoralised before now. I always said there would be times when they would miss KP and today was one of them although why they didn't play the in form , fast scoring Bairstow is beyond me

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 29, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    What exactly is the score with KP? People say about him being left out or sacked or whatever but as JTP points out he actually retired from ODIs which England accepted. I know when he verbally retired he still had time to run on his contract so I guess he technically resigned. Anyway while I think KP is an exceptional player and if he's getting on with everyone he's a must we must remember that he does not always perform and while he scored a big 100 yesterday the other day he was out for a golden duck. My advice to KP is to try and patch things up with Eng and close his Twitter account down. I think Bairstow's non selection was the most puzzling decision

  • POSTED BY Dashamlau on | August 29, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @ A_Vacant_Slip on (August 29 2012, 07:17 AM GMT)

    So What? Their opinion is not important and neither is yours. Be wise; read selectively.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | August 29, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @ A_Vacant_Slip, spot on, the americans of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    I agree with AB, "eng was nt @ their best and we can expect a lot tougher side next time round", well done to Amla, cant take nothing away from him, best in form batman in the world today and im sure, given enough time, he 'll surmount many of the records held today. Make no mistake thou, SA will be coming a lot harder in the next game too, with a win under their belt and a ton of confidence to carry them plus knowing they did it without two very senior players, SA is a very hard team to beat. The Aussies need to watch very closely, thee be warned!

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | August 29, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    A truly good team is bound to achieve the rewards it deserve. Hashim Amla is a talent who will scale even higher.

  • POSTED BY sanjai_zequin on | August 29, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    The thing is that, because of the SOUTH AFRICANS gameplan they make ENGLAND looks ordinary.... Every one talk about ENGLAND playing bad cricket... bt no one notice that itz due to the good cricket by SOUTH AFRICANS....

    GO PROTEAS .... U R D REAL CHAMPZ......!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Too gud man.. I see his ans the most consistent player for SA in any format he plays... next to Kallis he's most reliable of all.

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | August 29, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Woow, thats a superb performance. i always like SA playing that way. I wish they win t20 this time and the ICC Champs trophy too. I wish if they win the WC too in 2015. They are world's superpower in cricket. From their comeback in Cricket they are pretty consistent and I have never seen them slipping below top five spots in any format. They are a symbolic nation that work as a team. None of the other team has that guts. Australia had the same feeling lasted for a decade since their fate in WC2011 against Pakistan. After that they have lost their temper and control over cricket. SA is going to rule for years. England rise in cricket in past 2 years was just like a bubble, which was big in early days and it gradually lost its size and now it has burst loosing everything! Smith is most exciting player and well deserving cricketer. Bow for whole team.

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | August 29, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    It can go only down from here! Indian winter will bring far sterner tests.

  • POSTED BY tahseenfung on | August 29, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    What a player Amla is! Love to see him more & more

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    The Indian born Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander are why South Africa are no. 1.

  • POSTED BY A_Vacant_Slip on | August 29, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Predictably - more comment from India than from all other country put together. What make you people think your opinion so important?

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Simple outstanding ... One Man Show!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    landl47 spot on but then y SA managed to score so big????...................Ans is poor field placements...............Bowlers were making Amla , smith edge the ball but ball would fly to 3rd man or fin leg for 4 i.e. rubbing salt to wound this strongly discourages a bowler when he gets hit away of the edge for 4 of a perfectly good ball............................Eng needed fine leg & 3rd man fine so that edges do not produce boundaries..........Also SA only scored through singles to sq leg & ZEng should have keep sq leg to block those safe ingles making SA play risky fine sweep

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 29, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    "RUN MACHINE" Amla continues his excellent form in ODI's too.... Well played !!!!! ultimately this was an easy game for SA & now they'r no.1 !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | August 29, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    This is more of case of South Africa playing well rather than England playing badly. Although, the incident with and sacking of Pietersen would have a demoralising effect on the Poms.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    I think Amla is more a touch Dravid than Tendulkar, Lara or Sir Vivian. Amla is setting his own mould, stylish and elegant.

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | August 29, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Well done SA. Best wishes from India..

  • POSTED BY RanjithShettyJordan on | August 29, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    There is some competition to score centuries in between Kohli and Amla. Once saeed anwer and sachin were scoring like this.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Well done SA. You deserve it more than any other team

  • POSTED BY cric_fan_ on | August 29, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    why isn't kieswetter opening and why isn't prior in the team?

  • POSTED BY Jack_Tka on | August 29, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Eng on the downhill...maybe in all the formats. BTW, as people are discussing the coming Aus vs SA, I believe that Aus would give tough competition to SA. Its going to be a close contest. I hope this Eng vs SA doesn't turns out to be a one-sided ODI series.

  • POSTED BY pie314 on | August 29, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    @RandyOz - mate, English soccer has been dead for ages. You'll have to find them another sport.

  • POSTED BY nani_cool21 on | August 29, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    England lost only match winner they have.At least come out of u r fake reality .U can not win with out KP .Look at the second test match he smashed the great south african bowler in all corners of the park.

  • POSTED BY ian45 on | August 29, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    You lot amaze me with your comments, would have, could have, should have, well guess what you didnt, so until you decide to up your game england look very medicore to me, lose the next one and you drop to 5th

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Amla like any other batsman is in his zone. He is going to capitalize on it and score bucket full of runs. He looks terrific. Without trying to whack the leather, he still scores over 90 strike rate in ODIs and that's amazing. I could only imagine how well he has established after struggling in his early years. A lot to learn from him for Indian youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    England should recall Kevin Pietersen,otherwise they will be ready for 0-4.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    As I watched ball after ball beat SA's openers without a wicket falling, I knew this was going to be another sticky one. When a team as good as South Africa also has the rub of the green, it's gong to be tough for the opposition. England didn't help their own cause by dropping catches and missing run outs. England didn't bowl badly and most of the batsmen got starts, but no-one kicked on and got the big score that was needed. Bresnan at the moment doesn't look like an international player whether batting, bowling or fielding. He needs a rest, along with Bopara. Samit Patel didn't have a bad game, but Kieswetter didn't help England's cause. SA did what they've done all Summer, batted, bowled and fielded efficiently. Congrats to them on reaching #1 in all 3 formats- they've deserved it. England could get the ODI ranking back on Friday so let's hope for good weather and a good game. P.S. Did you see Finn's flat-batted pull through midon? Move over, KP!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Congratulations Mr. Amla... A great batsman who amasses runs... no doubt..!

    But, should we compare him to one of the greatest - Sir Vivian Richards?

    Mr. Amla does not bring anything exciting to the table like did Sir Vivian, Sachin Tedulkar or Brian Lara... I think comparisons are quite useless..!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    2 batsmen who keep impressing me, again and again, are Amla, one and Kohli, two. Whenever they come on to bat, they make batting look so simple. They both are very similar. Depends more on Timing ! Rarely slogs. Spends time @ Crease and plays Big Knocks Really BIG !

  • POSTED BY Agila on | August 29, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Never mind..the english fans would claim that the teams are "evenly" matched and England lost after a "valiant" fight. 80 runs isnt a big margin anyway!

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | August 29, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @ shovwar, have you had your memory banks removed or something? AUS don't have a chance against SA? AUS-SA just played three formats in SA not that long ago. SA didn't win any of the series. What makes you think they are going to walk it in in Australia? Oh, because they beat England. Sorry to tell you dude, but it just doesn't work that way. I'm certain the SA team won't turn up with that attitude - or they will get thumped like IND did last season - and SA couldn't beat IND at home last time, if you want to use such comparisons.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | August 29, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Now that England are not determined to open the batting with their wicketkeeper, I'm leaning towards giving Prior another run. Prior has not had a blemish-free summer behind the stumps mind you, dropping Amla in the third Test and possibly costing England the game, but there's no doubt that he's a better option than Kieswetter when up to the stumps. I think he'd be at least as effective as Kieswetter and probably more so batting down the order. I feel like Bairstow keeping for ODIs and T20Is should be the goal in the medium term, although I haven't really seen him keep so I'm not 100% sure whether he's up to it now or is likely to be in the future.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | August 29, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    @Ferry Imaginative, why would it be unlikely that AUS would beat SA "for a while"? They beat them in the last ODI series in SA not that long ago. Has something changed since then? Man for man this is pretty much the same team that AUS beat.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | August 29, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Hashim Amla certainly has had his share of luck this summer. If England had taken their catches he wouldn't have passed 50 yet. Instead, he has played 3 match-winning innings. No point crying over spilled milk though. England have very much made their own bed in that regard. Catching is fairly fundamental to the game of cricket and if you don't do it well, which they haven't, then you'll struggle to win games, which they have. To SA's credit though, and Amla's in particular, when England have given them a life they have really made it count. I recall Eoin Morgan making a century last summer against India and he was dropped 3 or 4 times. If Amla was at the crease long enough to be dropped that many times he would probably have over 500. All batsmen are vulnerable early so if batsmen that good give you a chance then you have to take it. England haven't and have paid dearly. Their batting and bowling has not been good enough to make up for their poor fielding.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 29, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    The 1st Test & 1st played ODI looked remarkably similar... Though probably the most damnable thing for Eng is beening bowled out with nearly 10 overs left unused... Sure the Eng bowlers didn't seem at their best, but the batting & fielding were the main culprits to this loss... Held catches would have completely changed this match, plus no batsman getting to 50 - so the result speaks for itself... SA batted & fielded well, while their 7 bowlers performed like a machine with 6 bowlers getting at least 1 scalp - so fully deserved the win...

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | August 29, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    poms get ready to dance in dustbowls this winter.

  • POSTED BY superstar100 on | August 29, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    lol before sa tour eng i told SA will be no.1 !!! on cricinfo fan page facebook !!! some guys were saying nice joke bla bla bla !!! now what happen we all seen !!! great bating by amla !!!

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 29, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    @The_bowlers_Holding :- "We look a bit flat and have done all summer other than against an undercooked Australia"... Fully agree - Oz 5 bowlers in the 1st ODI v Eng (Lee, McKay, Cummins, Doherty, Watson) are not playing in the current team in UAE (or Forrest, Smith) & yet we won... lol... Re: Bresnan - all summer he has been down a yard or 2 & hasn't recovered his pre-surgery form - he should have looked at doing much more strengthening work before returning to international level...

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    @ Randyoz... calling english fans mate... but where were you the day India U19 won world cup... dint see you again after your cakewalk comment... still many looking for ur presence there...

  • POSTED BY CSKftw on | August 29, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    @SurlyCynic All he said was that he was of Indian origin, which is true. He never 'claimed' him for India. Whether English people feel proud of the accomplishments of Australian cricketers due to their ancestry is completely irrelevant because different societies are....different.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Amla is excelling on all wickets, against all kinds of bowlers and in both limited overs and the test format. On this form, he is no 1 too. SA should have the express fast De Lange fit when they next meet Oz in Perth!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    congratulations to team south africa finnally got the desired place truley deserved chocker tack removed by managing out side affects nicely via media via media pridicted styen amla aserious threat for the english men, three chairs to the management alrounder kalis also contributed breaking his mental worries weldone keep it up to maintain now honouring players like kalis,amla & styn as capt prior retirment be planned. shurgging internal rift for ever. best of luck from us all.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    lol, loving it. the australians were dethroned, then the indians, and now the english got the crap beaten out of them. Love to see aussies give SA a good mauling but looks unlikely alteast for a while. Austrailia has been their biggest waterloo. Nice to see different teams at the top with such a short span though.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Amla is the best batsman in world cricket. The stats clearly indicate that he has been the most prolific run scorer since 2006, scoring runs at home and aboard. What I love about him as, despite not being a slogger, he can quickly score runs, when circumstances dictates. Lastly, kudos to SA but people should not undermine England. England is a good team and I think, they will come back harder in other matches. It should be a good contest, I hope!

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | August 29, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    @SurlyCynic - juz 1 Indian claimed that, so no need to get all 'confused'. Btw awesome innings by Amla, almost as good as the one Strauss played against Ind in the World cup.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | August 29, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    One loss, and the soothsayers are making huge predictions about England woes? Guys, teams don't ascend to the top positions by rolling over. As a spectacle, cricket sense only, the game was well & truly over early, but this happens in this format, & will continue to happen. As with their test squad, England's character will be tested on how they bounce back in the next few matches. The world doesn't rise or sink on one game or even one series. As an aside, Woakes is a guy I haven't seen anything of, so am looking to seeing him in action.

  • POSTED BY bennybow on | August 29, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    Well deserved SA. Sadly, England have not considered wicket keeping to be very important ever since Alex Stewart said "I don't mind giving it a go" all those years ago. Still at least we've got a united dressing room and we've been told that's the most important thing!

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    And I thought India was going to be Strauss's swan song......

  • POSTED BY Gamaraala on | August 28, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    Congratulations SA. You deserve it. Do well in rest of the tour. You've got a good team. Hope to see a good show in T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY ntalgeri on | August 28, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    I guess their "No 1" status will remain in question till they start winning knock out tournaments. It's similar to India being No 1. They weren't undisputed kings of cricket since everyone knows their record overseas. SAFs are consistently winning so long as it's a no-pressure, round robin league kind of a set up, or a bilateral series at best. But come the first major cricket tournament, and even the likes of NZ and Zim fancy their chances against them (especially in the KO matches).

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | August 28, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Naresh28: Amla's parents were born in SA, not India. This rush by Indians to 'claim' Amla is confusing, as it seems to be based on race only. Would English fans take pride in Aussie achievements as their ancestors came from England?

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Congrats to SA. well they desreved it. most of the credits goes to Hahem AMLA. what a great and stylish player he is did anyone notice al his centuries he hardly hit any ball over the rope. and the great bunch of bowlers. who is supporting the great team to achive this peak. as a Sri Lankan I wish them to win the world T20 cup in SL. you guys deserved to be the #1.

  • POSTED BY shovwar on | August 28, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    The SA era of world cricket already began. The indian team n english was just pretenders for a lil while. This SA team is the most consistent in all formats and anywhere in the world than the indians n english. They are going to improve more. Ratings does refrlect something. #1 in all 3 formats. Hats off. They also have top and consistent performers in the ratings. The difference between the ol and new SA team is that now they have more specialists than all rounders. Cant wait for OZ tour. The last time SA went to Aus they conquered a better OZ team than the current one. And on the other SA have improved with a better coaching team. OZ dont have a chance in Tests, maybe they will fight in the ODI. (They were also defeated in the last ODI series in AUS) T20 would be even.

  • POSTED BY CricketFundas on | August 28, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    Amla is truly one of the best players around! Great job by SA to get the #1 crown for ODI as well. Under the current circumstances, it is safe to say that SA is probably the only team that truly deserves the #1 crown for test and ODI.

    England on the hand is having a reality check. They've been a good team in tailormade conditions at home, but really ordinary outside. Unfortunately for England, this south African team can really destroy England if they create bouncy and seaming tracks. so it i safe to say that now is the time for England to perform and retain their pride, or perish.

  • POSTED BY nmperera on | August 28, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    Trifecta!!!. Congratulations to South Africa to obtaining the first Trifecta. Well done. Simply the best side at the moment.

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | August 28, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    This is not a knee jerk reaction I was disappointed at the team selection with no Woakes and no Bairstow, I like Bres but he's not cutting the mustard We look a bit flat and have done all summer other than against an undercooked Australia. England haven't become a bad team just need a bit of a re-think, selection has been a bit regimented for some time now. And how many times have we dropped Amla, he is far too good to give a second chance, regardless I will still be watching the England games as it is my lot :)

  • POSTED BY RameshRayaprolu on | August 28, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    KUDOS to SA....finally on TOP of the world...I reckon that SA was always close to the #1, but had no luck until now...NOW that they reached it, I hope they stay there for loooong time...atleast a couple of years to start with !!

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | August 28, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS! SA.Gr8 innings by Amla.

  • POSTED BY vertical on | August 28, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    While everyone has been gung-ho about Kohli's heroics Amla's record looks stunning fastest to 3000 runs that is some achievement,10 hundreds in 59 games!

  • POSTED BY AllroundCricketFan on | August 28, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    First, this man demoralised India in India last year. Scoring and batting 5 innings without getting out in SA's series in the sub-continent. Now he is doing the same with England. The immovable object called the Mighty#(Hash) Amla has become the best batsman in the world in both formats without anybody contesting. Well done on a super knock, sir. Really pleasing to the eye watching you carress those balls to the boundaries.

  • POSTED BY CoorparooMaverick on | August 28, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    oh dear England, i didn't think you were this bad but i could be wrong. Where is the fight, are you too tired, does Pietersen need to come back? this is starting to get ugly and now no No. 1 rankings left. Chin up and get back to basics/hard work and salvage something.

  • POSTED BY BG4cricket on | August 28, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Is there any chance England could bring Prior back which may improve standards in the field as well as strengthening the batting - just a thought. KP needs to come back ASAP as Morgan and Bopara don't have the requisite class and maybe Bairstow as well who looks a good player. Bresnan looks a liability and perhaps worth giving Woakes a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    But only greats are indispensable not mediocre players like Laxman or Dravid-In fact they r liability...............e.g. Ind removed Dravid from ODI & they even began winning & finally won WC.They brought back Dravid in Natwest 2011 & Ind lost all games ................Last time when NZ visited Ind it drew both games. Ind removed Lax & Dravid & Ind won by innings .........................This proves that they were jinx & liability on team..................this was bcz Dravid is mediocre slow one dimensional player

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    ....and still no World Cup to boast!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | August 28, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Just like CHRIS GAEL and WESTINDIES, ENG need KP back!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY cover_drive12345 on | August 28, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    another pretty 40+ from Ian Bell but as usual dismissed to a rather ordinary delivery. really impressed by ABdV's captaincy and field placings today and was disappointed by england...it's no use England denying that they miss KP, but hopefully both sides can resolve their issues, and this childish bust-up can teach both sides a lesson and get the message across to Piers Morgan that he knows nothing about cricket and should keep his nose out.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    Drop KP & drop all the matches.........& drop in ranking........LOVE THAT..CONGRADS England...........hahhahaha............Now u come to know that even in team sport some individuals are indispensable hence are above board & team ......!! Teams win with expertise of individuals not with discipline of board

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Keep KP out and plenty crushing defeats will be coming England's way...

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | August 28, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    @greybug63 (post on August 28 2012, 21:30 PM GMT): what are you on about? Every country hypes up their teams, but the media/authors have written nothing but praise for Amla/SA and rightly so. What's your point? SA have outplayed England; England have not played their best of late... The writing was/is on the wall/Cricinfo...

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 28, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Where are all the poms now? Hammond, FFL, REDnwhitearmy? Where are you guys? The silence is deathening. Cricket is dead in England and all the fairweather fans have scatered.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | August 28, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    A great modern batsman. He is winner who has guided SA to number 1. Makes us Indians proud that a batsman with Indian origin parents is top of the pile. A wristy batsman who reminds me of VVS.

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | August 28, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Ian Bell averages 26.33 in India against India , 15 against SL in SL scored 37 in 2 games in pak . While KP has an average of 49 plus india against india , 28 against SL in SL . 42 in pak , 93 in UAE against PAK .Clearly Bell can't play spin and is no match for Kp . He might be doing well at home but he always does well at home and his real test is yet to come.They Keep talking about 10 wins in a row . But only 6 of them without KP . 2 of those 6 matches came against west indies which is probably ranked no 7 that too at home .And although Wins against aus were good English batsman were never put in an situation where they need to score more than 5 an over in any of the games . So there was no real test for England by a rebuilding and inexperienced Aus side . Their real test is up ahead when they tour India . And most likely by the end of that series england would be no 7 or no 8 in odi rankings ..

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 28, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    Cricket is dead in England. Stick to the soccer lads.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 28, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    The cupboard is officially empty for England. Their side is lacking talent and depth. If they don't start poaching soon they are going to continue to live in the doldrums of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @youbasherscreatedme "2 Indian origin players (Bopara and Patel)" to my knowledge were born in England. And to the person who said England should have let Amla qualify and play for them...The Mighty # is SA born and bred mate!

    Only person in Protea setup not born in SA is Imran Tahir, but we're happy to have him, his spirit and obvious pride to be a naturalized S African in our team...

    And at the end of the day it's not where the player was born that matters, it is cricket that is important!

    Have a good one, we look forward to the next one and hope it goes just as well!

  • POSTED BY greybug63 on | August 28, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    In any sport, we always want "our team" to win, don't we? Cricket, unlike almost any other sport, recognises that in any given match, there are talented players on both sides, and, as a former player, I can recognise and applaud exceptional feats in players of both teams. There was no reason for the England player to NOT applaud the Amla and Kallis innings at The Oval, or Amla's 150 today at the Rose Bowl. So, why, oh why, can those who make their living reporting on the game not do the same? Andrew McGlashan today broke that mould, being full of praise for SA's "crushing victory" and Amla"s "fantastic innings". It seems that some should take note (George D. please take note). The old adages of "Playing with a straight bat", or "It's just not Cricket" shouldn't be forgotten in these days of ultra-professionalism in sport.

  • POSTED BY crindo77 on | August 28, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    It may well get ugly come Nov 15, 2012. India, in a transitional stage batting wise, will prepare some vicious turners. And watching England's top order play spin today, I fear England's goose may lay some large eggs before getting cooked in a tandoor this winter.

  • POSTED BY thruthecovers on | August 28, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    This SA team is so reminiscent of the AUS team of the 90's and early 2000's. I am not saying they are one and the same thing because they're still a work in progress, but there are tell tale signs of the markings of THAT great team. For one, the team is made up of top individuals. Just like Warne, McGrath, Hayden, Langer, Ponting and Gilchrist steamrolled every team before them, anyone of Smith, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers, Steyn, Philander and Morkel can pave the way to victory. The only missing ingredient seems to be mental toughness. That bit that pulled the great Aussie team out of so many tight situations, ensuring they win games they really should've lost. Can they replicate that? Only time will tell but playing to form, they are head and shoulders above everyone else at the mo. Now would be a good time to create that winning culture, internalise it in the right way to pull tight games out of the fire. I realy, realy hope they can do it as there isn't a more deserving team.

  • POSTED BY GHemrajani on | August 28, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    When is England going to fire Andy Flower? Cant win in one day cricket with a test team. Its only downhill from here in test and one dayers.

  • POSTED BY manwhore on | August 28, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Time to bring KP back and get Phil Mustard from Durham behind the stumps, he's the most destructive wicket keeper batsman we have. Ohh I forgot they cant play because there not in the England click

  • POSTED BY i.love.ice.creams on | August 28, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Now who dare call them 'Chokers'? Bravo SA! Keep up the good work :-)

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Omg! These comments sound so familiar, truly Indian-like!!! The English fans are just like the Indians, over the top in praise and equally harsh in defeat. Well played Hashim. I agree with the selection, keep egos aside and get KP back immediately.

  • POSTED BY Garp on | August 28, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    But at least the English dressing room is happy! Taking nothing away from South Africa they've truly been outstanding. But i'm saying that England has been rubbish! All the chosen ones got what they wanted with KP being ostracized which makes it even easier on them to play like horse pooh because at least now there isn't a KP to come in and make the others look inebt.

  • POSTED BY The_Utican on | August 28, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    England lose a match after winning 10 in a row ... they must be rubbish. SA win their fourth match in a row after losing two ... they are clearly invincible. There's only one solution if you're an England fan ... call for the replacement of practically the entire first team and the selection of callow youths to bowl to Hashim Amla and face Morne Morkel. Plus, we must bring back a player who didn't want to play in this format until recently and who played in only four of the ten aforementioned victories. Such remedies constitute the only logical response to this dismal situation of occasionally suffering a defeat. After all isnt that what SA did after losing a couple of games having won the first 3 against Sri Lanka? What, they stuck with pretty much the same team? Oh. Well, lets not do that then. The last thing we need is a *proportionate* response.

  • POSTED BY AnoMaLy on | August 28, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Ouch England! Eng should stop gloating about being number 1 because they really are quite average and don't deserve to be on top.

  • POSTED BY CMike on | August 28, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Shame on you guys...Show some strength in your own ground....Go Proteas !!!

  • POSTED BY intcamd on | August 28, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Congrats to SA. You guys are on a roll and deserve the #1. As an Indian fan, I now wonder how we drew the away series in SA, pretty much most of the team unchanged, but then lost so horribly against Eng (and of course Australia subsequently), when you guys are thrashing England effortlessly. Did India deteriorate between the SA and England tours, did you improve so much since we played you, or was the India draw in SA an atypical result and India had overachieved back then, and underachieved since then? Whatever, we are sliding backk and you guys are on top.good for you.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    I wonder what can Australia do against this rampaging SA batting lineup. AUS looks a bit thin.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    where is Kevin England's savior?

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    this SA team has done something which I personally thought was impossible, they have managed to shut up English experts, press and fans at same time!!! There is a eerie silence which seems to grow as the series is progressing. I have noticed that one or two die hard cricinfo comments section dweller are still around, persistent like roaches...

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | August 28, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    phoenixsteve seems to have forgotten that KP retired himself from ODIs in May - nothing to do with the recent spats. KP WANTED to give up ODIs to concentrate on Tests and T20s and fell out with the ECB over a window for IPL. Playing ODIs is not what KP wants to do. So nothing to do with 'not being picked'. He made himself unavailable for selection because of 'too much cricket' in all formats.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    I have observed a funny trend with this English team. While they don't look like they are ever close to winning any match in this series, they DO go out and play cameos to entertain everyone - very good losers I must say.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Interesting comments. Solution? Sack Andy Flower and one or two ICC members and go for proper selection. Bring back Prior, KP, Bairstow and may a new spinner. Swan is all mouth and no action. Brtessnan gone past his sell by date. Kieswteer is now a bedwetter

  • POSTED BY pawaramol22 on | August 28, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    It will be real joy if SA win T20 WC

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    @phoenixsteve on (August 28 2012, 19:38 PM GMT) KP is an issue which I'd love to see resolved but from what I gather , KP was so out of order it wouldn't matter if he was Viv and Bradman rolled into one. I think the main thing is the trust issue. Had he kicked off in the dressing room it would have been better. Not sure about you but I could more easily forgive an outburst to my face than one about me behind my back. I disagree re Swann in the fact I thought he bowled quite well today. I do agree re Bresnan. It seems weird that they rested him for the final WI test.Surely when you're on your worst form is the time to rest a player. Also , very disappointed with Bairstow not being included bearing in mind his recent form and confidence level. Great fielder too.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Re England , I thought we were poor all round. Our spinners and Bopara looked ok but our pacemen , particularly Bresnan went for runs. Bell was the only player who looked at ease with the bat. Morgan had an off day , Ravi I don't think should/would be there if he couldn't be used as a 6th bowler and Trott again laboured which is ok when chasing scores around 225 or less but not when you're chasing near 300. I always said that I did worry about having too many accumulators in the side and chasing a bigger total may be a problem. I also said before the game that I'd have had Bairstow in for Trott and Woakes in for Bresnan and I'm now even more convinced. Maybe Prior in too as he's more a natural number 6. Also feel sad for Woakes/Warwicks that he's missing the CC game vs Notts. And just to rub salt into wounds KP scored 100 today.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Well played SA and poor from England. I am now worried about our form in ODIs as we seem to go on runs of good and poor form these days and seem to have lost our bouncebackability. Have to say extremely well played to Amla. You can't go dropping this guy and expect to get away with it. Also great bowling by SA esp Peterson who strangled the runrate. Congratulations on being number 1 in all 3 formats.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    @NaniIndCri on (August 28 2012, 19:27 PM GMT) re "Looked like Morgan was playing for a spot in test team hahahaha" - Didn't think he was qualified to play for India.

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | August 28, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    At least if Kp was there , he would have single handedly look to take the attack against SA bowlers which none other english batter is capable of. Even when bell is striking the bowl so well he can't bring Kp like intimidation into the game. Newzealand is an epitome of team unity and spirit (barring jessy) and look how badly they are thrashed by India . A great team needs on field performers not some dancers talking about team spirit and doing nothing on the field.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Bravo South Africa! What a fantastic match! An amazing innings by Hashim Amla, and a great performance from all bowlers, even in the absence of Dale Steyn. England were getting too over confident and I'm glad SA brought them down. They though, oh we beat West Indies, we beat Australia, then SA should be a piece of cake. Ha! Little did they know these guys are way much more powerful than them. And congrats South Africa, for being no.1 in all formats of the game! Woohoo!

  • POSTED BY richardror on | August 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Well played SA. South Africa and England are so far ahead of competition in all three formats it is unbelievable! South Africa edge it in tests, we'll find out in the end of the series to see who is better at ODIs and t20s.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    SA deserve to be ranked first unlike india which was a fluke from playing too much in the subcontinent

  • POSTED BY DeathKnell on | August 28, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    No KP = No England, Irony - he made 163 of 168 balls against somerset today...

  • POSTED BY greybug63 on | August 28, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Kudos to Gnasher! For some reason, English-based internet commentators just can't seem to praise any South African effort on the cricket field, but Gnasher's report today reverses all that!! He called it a "crushing 80-run victory", and regarding Hashim Amla, he wrote "fantastic innings" and "toyed with England's Bowlers". That's the truth. Pity that George Doubel"s comment after SA won the Test series 2-0 was that SA had "usurped" England as World's No.1 team. "USURPED"?? They didn't "usurp" the Poms, they OBLITERATED them!! 2-0 in a 3-match series, and one of the wins by a record margin, losing only 2 wickets!! And then, after the washout at Cardiff where only 5+ overs were bowled, had the nerve to write "England remain No.1". Who are they kidding !!

  • POSTED BY DeathKnell on | August 28, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    SouthAfrica = Myth Busters...

    JG2704 on (August 28 2012, 14:36 PM GMT) - u missed something, the people had gone at 6 (wonder what....... 6:00 PM, back home - as the circus was getting over by then)

  • POSTED BY Britosouthafribabwean on | August 28, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    As a Proteas supporter there was that moment when I thought....OK if we can get KP out then we will win this.....but then remembered NO KP!!!!!! Is there anyone out there that still does not think that he should be in the England side? England needs him, cricket needs him, all the expat Saffers need him, the newspapers need him......OK shall we say it together then...

    "BRING KP BACK!!!!!!!!!BRING KP BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!........warts and all

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | August 28, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    WHy is Bairstow not keeping and batting for Eng ? Ridiculous decision to leave him out. Bopara is over rated for sure.

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | August 28, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Hey Bell was playing awsomely well but he can not play spin at all when the pitch offers some spin . I hope he works on that. I hate to say that may be a stint in Ipl could help him develop his game against spinners . And likes Of swan ,anderson ,bresnan should write an artilcle saying "for the sake of team unity , Andy cant drop us.

  • POSTED BY tommytucker on | August 28, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Surely Prior is better than Kieswetter - both are Saffas though. Bye bye Ravi bopara and bresnan. In comes johnny b.

  • POSTED BY WCNinjas on | August 28, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Very happy for Amla and SA but it makes me wonder the difference VVS Laxman could have made for India had he been given a longer rope in ODI's.

  • POSTED BY BellCurve on | August 28, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Wow!!! 3x no choke!!! It serves the term redundant forever!

  • POSTED BY TRIN999 on | August 28, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game: "Cook 2 balls, Swann 2 balls, Bresnan 1 ball: 0 runs!! The Captain & opener, an "all-rounder," and the leader of the "long tail." More English cricket myths debunked". Loved it,Superrrrr Likeeeeeeeeeeee.

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | August 28, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Well played SA, much the better side, end of :(

  • POSTED BY tommytucker on | August 28, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Wow, England are very average. How did they get to no.1???. They are gonna get drilled in India. Their tail is waaaaay too long. They kid themselves thinking Swann and Brennan are genuine allrounders...

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | August 28, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    This is so embarassing for the poms...at least india lost on foreign soil...the poms are getting thrashed in their own backyard! I think Poms 'era' of 9 months is over and they are back to best at what they are..which is being mediocre...get ready for another decade ( or three)of torture fellas!

  • POSTED BY Paulk on | August 28, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    All bow to The Mighty Hash !!

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | August 28, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Congratulations (again) to South Africa. Another poor showing by England. It hasn't been helped by a misguided & muddled selection policy. When the best one day batsman (arguable in either side) is not picked because of hurt feelings.... well what else must KP be thinking? Maybe when England are repeatedly beaten by SA (an excellent team BTW) the powers that be will decide that they'd rather have KP's words hurting them than the condemnation of all English cricket lovers. Muddled selection... what is Bresnan doing back in the side? I can understand Bopara being given another chance - but he's running out of these too! Cook doesn't look like he could buy a run at present & it's got to be a worry when a test opening batsman get's out to a straight ball BOWLED! Rest Trott, injure Cook, banish Bresnan & consider dropping Swan - who seems ineffective against SA? Bring back KP, give Bairstow another ODI shot and give Woakes a game. When you're against the best you can't afford passengers...

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | August 28, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Swann is most over rated spinner!!!! Cant even bowl in dust bowls of India were Aswin is taking 10 wickets per match.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | August 28, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    England completely outplayed. It's time they sourced a new keeper for ODIs. How about De Kok from the SA U19 team? He looks very talented and if he came over now he would be younger than Kieswetter was (who played for SA U21) - start the residency period now.

  • POSTED BY munchovski on | August 28, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    can we get gary kirsten to coach the springboks? well played hash, unbelievable innings

  • POSTED BY groundreality on | August 28, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Loving this! "In England we trust" guys, where are you? 80 run defeat margin at home is something that is achieved only by legendary teams like Bangladesh and Namibia. Go england, go! Target for the next match should be 150 run margin :-)

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | August 28, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    england must realize now that they can't win without KP...and what is the fault of Cook in all this? why he suffers because of Strauss ego?...please Cook do some thing and bring KP back.....

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | August 28, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Congrats. SA - very well played. Quick everyone, over to the Aus:Pak. game to see what happens...

  • POSTED BY NaniIndCri on | August 28, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Looked like Morgan was playing for a spot in test team hahahaha

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Am I the only one who thinks England need to stop talking "rankings". It seems to turn them into a group of Pietersens - and not the good kind! Ever since rankings have figured England have played terribly!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 28, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    And with that SA take from England the ODI no.1 ranking, after having already taken from England the Test no.1 ranking, and the Proteas become the first country ever to top all the ICC rankings at once. Welcome to Fortress England? I think not!

  • POSTED BY jonnybtestmatch on | August 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Bye bye Tim Bresnan's career. I do not care about your averages against lowly ranked Aus and WI sides but against the big boys you are just not even close to good enough. England have looked so poor against this SA side, it is becoming embarassing.

  • POSTED BY Ra_Thore on | August 28, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Accept KP's terms and bring his form back. He is not only a cricketer but also a celebrity. His presence on the ground enough keep Eng lively.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    England's goose got cooked and served. At least they stood united in their defeat.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 28, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Cook 2 balls, Swann 2 balls, Bresnan 1 ball: 0 runs!! The Captain & opener, an "all-rounder," and the leader of the "long tail." More English cricket myths debunked?

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    oh !! Amla superv knock,,,,,,,,,,,,,,respect,,,

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | August 28, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    "United 11" would go down to No 3 if they loose today.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | August 28, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Randy, Australia are playing (and may I add doing well for a change). Can't you go post there on those threads instead?

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Amla...the best SA ever get.....

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    No doubt, Amla is the best batsman (ODI and Test) in world cricket right now.

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | August 28, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Englands ODI Team = Test batsmen from 1 to 3 and the tail runs from 4 to 11.

  • POSTED BY AshrafGul_FU on | August 28, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    @ BifferSpice - I'm sorry, I didn't know that. Eng 97/4, it's all upto an Irish and a South-African to take England through. @ JG-420 :- Thanks.

  • POSTED BY Prodems on | August 28, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    England tea is overrated, can't SA's brilliance!!!1

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | August 28, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    England is coping very well without KP and dressing room unity is adding to their strength, specially Bresnan and Anderson doing very well as KP was a distraction...........after all team spirit comes first before team performance!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 28, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    @pom_don. It took you all of 15 overs to start posting excuses for England's bowling & fielding. So odd how England are bedeviled by "bad luck!" Well, a miss Is as good as mile, huh?

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    England 87-4 chasing 287

    Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen 163 off 168 balls against Somerset today...

    Also, how the flip is Bairstow not playing when he scored 95 and 54 at a very quick rate against the same Saffer team only last week?

    England are falling apart right now, Flower and Strauss have taken this team as far as they can, time for a change.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Sorry to cut and paste. But this sums it up perfectly of Amla's exquisite mastery of the English:

    "Amla then took over with one of the finest pieces of one-day batting you could wish to see. Amla's hundred, his tenth in one-day internationals, came off 96 balls and it was an innings full of deft placement. He toyed with the England bowlers right to the final moment when he threaded Steven Finn through backward point to reach 150; " THAT was the shot of the match!!!!!

  • POSTED BY mockwarrior on | August 28, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    I think England missed a trick or two in getting Amla to qualify and play for them instead of South Africa.

  • POSTED BY Amairuddin on | August 28, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Absolutly great performance by RUN MACHINE........ congratulation's amla

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Why don't international cricketers all around the world watch Amla bat and adopt his great tolerance, technique, footwork and strokeplay, especially against swing bowlers and spinners like Anderson, Ashwin and Swann just to name a few. Amla is a "pedestrian" batting manual.

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | August 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    It was an absolute treat watching Amla bat. He is just getting better and better everyday.However as far as the match is concerned I wont say that this is game over for England just yet. They have a really good chance of winning And by the way, has anyone actually noticed that Bell has a very impressive record here in Southampton. As far as I recall he has 2 hundreds at this venue - 1 against India and 1 against Australia but I may be wrong. I would've liked to see Buttler getting an opportunity in this series as he might be just the batsman England require in those middle overs as they don't have a very consistent middle order batsman the way most teams have like: Australia - Mike Hussey India- MS Dhoni South Africa- AB de Villiers Pakistan- Misbah ul Haq I also think that England should drop Bresnan from the ODI squad and go for a regular bowler. England has plenty of all rounders like Swann, Broad and Bopara. So they need not have another and must concentrate on their bowling depth.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Oho Amla, you beauty, as always you make South Africa proud! :D Good luck to England, this will probably be a difficult run chase, but I'm looking forward to a hopefully close match. (The nationality of players is irrelevant, come on guys. Those players are there because England can give them a chance - their birth countries couldn't. I don't see anything wrong with it.)

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | August 28, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Terrific knock by Amla. England have once again been AMLA'd, and they just can't do no right with the fielding, bowling, team-selections (and I'm already going to say batting even though it's only innings break as I write) of late. What is even more annoying is that the press is going to be full of KP articles again as he's just got another ton for Surrey. I say big deal! Is a first-class match against Somerset comparable to an ODI against SA?

  • POSTED BY BifferSpice on | August 28, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    @youbasherscreatedme, bopara and patel were both born in england. what are you talking about?

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    hi is a real super star.....................................

  • POSTED BY stone-mason on | August 28, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Kudos to Hash. What do we call form beyond a purple patch. Suppose Hash is in that realm now. Batting did not look as easy as the runs suggested, suppose we'll know after a few overs of Eng batting. Good on you @youbasherscreatedme for showing out how English the English really are. My concern was both AB and Faf appeared lack-lustre or again, maybe the pitch was really hard to get in on. Kieswetter - You patriot you, Deceiving england playing for them then helping the SA course. MEANING to "Ons vir jou SA" - For the not so English England - "Us for you SA" - Your'e a schollar and a Gentleman Craigy lad.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | August 28, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Again England are dropping catches but the South Africa Kiewswetter dropped Amla not once but twice and then went on to make a big score of 150 for South Africa no surprises :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    awesome performance by Hashim Amla

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    As it stands after 37 overs , Bresnan has gone at 7rpo whereas everyone else has gone at less than 5. Bresnan's ODI game seems to be regressing. A perfect opportunity to try out Woakes. Maybe the crucial CC game meant that Giles had a say in it

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    @youbasherscreatedme on (August 28 2012, 12:00 PM GMT) Well done for being so original and in particular so broad minded

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 28, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Bresnan getting carted to all parts here. Yep he's world class, and I am fred flinstone.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 28, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Amla is making Swann look absolutely listless here....

  • POSTED BY drdickdixon on | August 28, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Woakes must be cursing his luck. Picked for the last ODI against Aus and then the first ODI against SA and then both get rained off (from memory, I could be wrong here). I'm sure he'll get his turn - his form with bat and ball in the counties surely must count at some point.

  • POSTED BY pom_don on | August 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    15 overs in & it's a day for Amla & especially Smith to fill in their lottery tickets how many near misses can they have without getting out?

  • POSTED BY dsnagre on | August 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Live pictures show a blue sky with pristine white clouds

  • POSTED BY dsnagre on | August 28, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Hope we get a terrified game today..

  • POSTED BY AshrafGul_FU on | August 28, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    2 South-Africans (Trott and Kieswetter), 2 Indian origin players (Bopara and Patel) and one from Ireland (Morgan). Well done England !

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Sad to see Woakes miss out - he looks an outstanding prospect and England need a top quality all-rounder.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Sad to see Woakes miss out - he looks an outstanding prospect and England need a top quality all-rounder.

  • POSTED BY AshrafGul_FU on | August 28, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    2 South-Africans (Trott and Kieswetter), 2 Indian origin players (Bopara and Patel) and one from Ireland (Morgan). Well done England !

  • POSTED BY dsnagre on | August 28, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Hope we get a terrified game today..

  • POSTED BY dsnagre on | August 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Live pictures show a blue sky with pristine white clouds

  • POSTED BY pom_don on | August 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    15 overs in & it's a day for Amla & especially Smith to fill in their lottery tickets how many near misses can they have without getting out?

  • POSTED BY drdickdixon on | August 28, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Woakes must be cursing his luck. Picked for the last ODI against Aus and then the first ODI against SA and then both get rained off (from memory, I could be wrong here). I'm sure he'll get his turn - his form with bat and ball in the counties surely must count at some point.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 28, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Amla is making Swann look absolutely listless here....

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 28, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Bresnan getting carted to all parts here. Yep he's world class, and I am fred flinstone.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    @youbasherscreatedme on (August 28 2012, 12:00 PM GMT) Well done for being so original and in particular so broad minded

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    As it stands after 37 overs , Bresnan has gone at 7rpo whereas everyone else has gone at less than 5. Bresnan's ODI game seems to be regressing. A perfect opportunity to try out Woakes. Maybe the crucial CC game meant that Giles had a say in it