• BATSMEN
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    7.2 down the leg-side and Cook has another wave, and this time waves himself goodbye! A fractional snick through to the keeper, extra lift as Rabada nipped it back into his pads, and Cook's issue on the leg-side resurfaces - he was snaffled in a similar manner in the UAE a few times 17/1
    8.6 jeepers! That is an outstanding slip catch! Chris Morris took a phenomenal catch with his left hand off the left-handed Cook in the first innings, but this right-hander off the right-hander is even better! Fizzing off a fat edge as Hales played uppishly and away from his body, and Morris flings himself full-stretch, clinging on millimetres from the turf, almost at fourth slip's bootlaces ... blinder! 19/2
    30.3 chipped to short mid-on, gone! South Africa have chiselled out another and it is the cussed, block-happy barricade-builder Compton who's gone! Not sure quite what he was aiming to do with this shot but maybe the pressure - that word again - got to him... Piedt got the ball to dip and he sent it straight to du Plessis, who wasn't shelling this one 85/4
    29
    50
    29
    5
    0
    100.00
    17.1 full and stump-splattering! Wow, what an introduction for Morris! Yorker length, straightening on pitching, and Root is nowhere to be seen as the ball batters into his off and middle stumps to reawaken England's jitters! 55/3
    42.4 edged and another one! Piedt has his third! Tossed up, the ball grips, turns, flicks the glove and lobs to short leg! England are freaking themselves out on the final day! 116/6
    40.6 swept again, and Stokes has holed out to deep midwicket! A top edge, and Morkel steadies himself on the edge of the boundary, gathers well, then checks his balance as he takes a perilous step backwards. Piedt's perseverance is rewarded! 115/5
    not out
    30
    92
    75
    2
    0
    40.00
    not out
    10
    84
    60
    0
    0
    16.66
    Extras
    9 (lb 4, nb 5)
    TOTAL
    159/6 (65 Overs, RR: 2.44, 281 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-17 (AN Cook, 7.2 ov), 2-19 (AD Hales, 8.6 ov), 3-55 (JE Root, 17.1 ov), 4-85 (NRD Compton, 30.3 ov), 5-115 (BA Stokes, 40.6 ov), 6-116 (JWA Taylor, 42.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    M Morkel16.072611.6203
    K Rabada13.025714.3802
    CH Morris12.042412.0000
    DL Piedt18.083832.1100
    D Elgar6.021001.6600

Close of Play

  • Sat, 2 Jan - day 1 - England 1st innings 317/5 (BA Stokes 74*, JM Bairstow 39*, 87 ov)
  • Sun, 3 Jan - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 141/2 (HM Amla 64*, AB de Villiers 25*, 43 ov)
  • Mon, 4 Jan - day 3 - South Africa 1st innings 353/3 (HM Amla 157*, F du Plessis 51*, 130 ov)
  • Tue, 5 Jan - day 4 - England 2nd innings 16/0 (AN Cook 8*, AD Hales 5*, 6 ov)
  • Wed, 6 Jan - day 5 - England 2nd innings 159/6 (65 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Run-fest at Newlands

74.47

The average runs per wkt in this Test, the highest ever in a Test in South Africa. The top three such matches are all in Cape Town

Cook in trouble

29.90

Alastair Cook's Test average in South Africa, his lowest among all countries

A first in South Africa

0

Instances, before this Test, of both teams getting 600-plus totals in the first innings of a Test in South Africa

A gush of century stands

3

Century partnerships in the SA innings, the 14th such instance for them, and the first since the 2013 Boxing Day Test against India

Tough for the bowlers

2

Tests in South Africa where six or more bowlers conceded 100+ in an inngs; the only previous instance was also v Eng, in Durban in 1939

Amla's stunning comeback

251

Test runs scored by Amla in 12 innings in 2015. His highest in the year was 63

Batting on and on

3

Number of times Amla has faced 450+ deliveries in a Test innings. Gary Kirsten is the only other SA batsman to do it three times

Run-fests in Cape Town

58.85

The highest runs per wicket in a Test in South Africa (before this game), when West Indies played at Newlands in January 2004

A new high for Amla-Faf

113

The previous highest stand in Tests between Amla and du Plessis. This is the second century stand between them, and their best