Player of the Match
Player of the Match

11.45am: That's a wrap, guys and girls, thanks as ever for keeping us company through a thoroughly compelling series. I'll leave you with David Hopps' report, which includes "red-hot" and "feeble" in the headline (see if you can guess which refers to who); there'll be much more reaction and analysis to come from the ground, including some talkies on our video page. England didn't try to park the bus, they barely even left it... You can all go home, too, but join us again for the ODIs, which start next week. Ta ra!

11.25am: Time for the presentations... Starting with South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "We'll enjoy the celebrations to come. Very excited about some of the guys to come through and take the opportunity, very proud of him [Kagiso Rabada], not everyday you come around and take 13 wickets in the match, proud of Temba too. We showed a lot of character. To take seven wickets this morning in the time we did was not part of our thinking. They have match-winners in their team, so we're wary of that, but Morne started us off well, Dane as well, and it went from there. The team is in a really good space, enjoying their cricket, and it's a good place to be in. We've got a long way to go, bit of a rebuilding phase for us, we've lost some big guys over recent years, we've got guys coming in and learning and hopefully we're going the right way."

The outstanding Kagiso Rabada is named Man of the Match: "It was a bit up and down, so the key was to hit the deck and bowl in a good area and you'll get your rewards. I wasn't telling him [de Villiers] how many overs I wanted to bowl, when he tells me to warm up, I warm up. Credit to [Kyle Abbott] he came out and bowled with half a hamstring. I'm really enjoying playing with the guys."

Ben Stokes is Man of the Series: [prefer batting or bowling?] "I think batting but it's nice to be contributing with both. [Base provided by Cook, Root] It does help, it makes batting really simple, we just let each other play the way we want to. The accidental yorker comes out every now and again, but yeah, it's nice to chip in with wickets as well."

England captain Alastair Cook: "It's been a disappointing five days, the way we've played, haven't quite been on it. Credit to South Africa, we weren't at the races today. We spoke about trying to build a partnership to start with, get these guys into their second and third spells... We didn't get the balance right, we try and play positive but you have to earn the right. Can't really fault the lads too much, we're standing here having won 2-1, they've done well but it shows how much work we still have to do. This [match] was a bit different, in terms of the toss being quite important. We've got players who can change the game, moments when we get on a roll and it's hard to stop us. Taking our catches makes a massive difference to the side... But we'll enjoy today, enjoy the moment, credit to the lads and to our supporters, who put a smile on our faces even when we lose as badly as we did today."

11.10am: England didn't even make it to the drinks break. They might as well have run up the white flag before the start of play and given everyone a refund... They do, however, take the series, 2-1 after that crushing defeat (their second-heaviest, by runs, against South Africa). Kagiso Rabada confirms his arrival in the firmament by equalling South Africa's record Test match haul, held by Makhaya Ntini (and Hugh Tayfield) and AB de Villiers has notched his first victory at the second attempt, ending South Africa's nine-match winless run. Alastair Cook will be the captain lifting the D'Oliveira Trophy but you suspect Trevor Bayliss might have a few comments about England's efforts (sic) this morning before they have the chance to celebrate.

Rabada to Anderson, OUT, full from Rabada, leg-stump yorker and it nails Anderson on the boot, right back in front of his stumps,... Dharmasena doesn't give it but, with the time to confer almost elapsed, South Africa decide to review and it's a good job they did, because Hawk-Eye shows the impact to be in line and Anderson to be plumb in front! Rabada has 13 and it's unlucky for England, they've been utterly shuttlecocked today: South Africa win by 280 runs

JM Anderson lbw b Rabada 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

England have lost six wickets in just over an hour... There might have been a Rourke's Drift spirit in the dressing room at the start of the day but this has become a run-of-the-mill massacre

"Now you want to sound clever regarding Ntini's hall. I have been sending messages the entire morning regarding this only to be ignored." Apologies, PietSkiet, you can take a bow now

Rabada to Broad, OUT, full, misbegotten drive, edged to slip... another domino falls! De Villiers clutches the edge as it flew quickly to his right, Rabada is wreathed in smiles as he completes another five-for to put England on the brink

SCJ Broad c de Villiers b Rabada 2 (9m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Rabada to Broad, no run, full down the leg side, thumps the pads as Broad swished across the line
Rabada to Broad, no run, short ball, at the batsmen, who sways under it

34 | 8 Runs | ENG: 101/8

  • MM Ali10 (21b)
  • SCJ Broad2 (2b)
  • M Morkel12-5-36-3
  • K Rabada10-2-32-4
Morkel to Ali, no run, short of a length and mistimed off the back foot
Morkel to Ali, no run, goes round the wicket, slanted in and thuds into the pads... off the inside edge

"Great! Now you made me want to go to the canteen and get some apple pie, but by the time I get back this may be over..." But they can never take that pie away from you, Fred

Morkel to Ali, no run, short of a length, drops the hands
Morkel to Ali, no run, draws his length back, in the channel, Moeen shrugs his shoulders
Morkel to Ali, FOUR runs, full outside off and punched through mid-off this time, to ironic cheers from the Barmies
Morkel to Ali, FOUR runs, pitched up and caressed back through mid-on, pointlessly lovely stuff from Moeen

This has been reminiscent of England's implosion against India at Lord's in 2014 - except a session earlier

England tour of South Africa 2015-16 News

Scintillating Rabada


Rabada's figures in this Test, are the second-best for South Africa in Tests. Only Makhaya Ntini's 13 for 132 vs WI, Port of Spain, 2005 was better.

Youngest for SA


No. of SA bowlers who took 10 or more wkts in a Test at younger age than Rabada (20y, 242d). Hugh Tayfield was the previous youngest (23y, 329d)

Many a slip


Number of SA batsmen including Hashim Amla who have got a hundred and a score in the nineties in a Test. The last one was Neil McKenzie

SA's session


Runs scored without the loss of a wicket by the hosts in the 2nd session. They are now 356 runs ahead. In the 1st session SA had made 79 for the loss of 3 wickets.

Amla in Centurion


No. of fifty-plus scores by Hashim Amla in Centurion - the most he has got at any venue. He's got at least one fifty-plus score in eight of his ten Tests at this venue.

A rare pair


The last and the only time before AB de Villiers a SA captain got a pair in Tests. Louis Tancred had got out for a duck in both innings at the Oval in 1912.

Visiting teams' misery


No. of times the visiting teams have taken a first-innings lead while batting second vs SA in Centurion, in the 9 Tests before this. Eng is one of them, in 2004-05.

Promising start


No. of SA bowlers who have taken two six-wicket hauls in International cricket before the age of 21 - Kagiso Rabada took 6 for 16 on his ODI debut and in this Test.

The collapse


England's collapse just before lunch on day three, as they slumped from 208 for 3 to 211 for 6

Nervous 99


Number of 99-run stands between Cook and Root in Tests; only one other pair has more than one 99-run stand: Aravinda de Silva and Hashan Tillakaratne

Consistent Root


Fifty-plus scores for Root in this series, the third time he has made four or more 50-plus scores in a series in his Test career