Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    16.3 what a catch! Will that spark South Africa? Full outside off, bring Cook forward as he drives, and Morris holds a blinder diving low to his left at third slip. That is a stunner from the debutant. Inches off the turf. 55/1
    43.5 makes him play, and edges to slip! Hales has a little fiddle at a length ball, just outside off, and well held at second as de Villiers dives right across in front of first. Pretty sure it would have carried to Elgar at first 129/2
    55.2 picks out midwicket, on the stroke of tea! That's a huge moment. Rabada drops it in short, Compton quick onto it with a crunching pull - hit it sweetly - but doesn't quite keep it down and the catch is neatly taken by Bavuma. 167/3
    67.5 maiden Test wicket for Morris! And he's earned that ... Root, just fishing a touch outside off, attempting a wristy steer through third man. And a thin edge to the keeper confirms that he has started 2016 as he finished 2015, with a sublime half-century that ended too soon ... 223/5
    55.3 edged and gone, and Rabada is on a hat-trick! Full and fast, Taylor aimed a loose drive and snicked through to the keeper! Wait ... is it going to be called back for a no-ball? Excruciatingly tight ... but the umpire gives the bowler the benefit of the doubt! Taylor was too eager to get involved, and went with hard hands at a quick and very well channelled delivery 167/4
    125.3 chaos! Another catch is dropped but Stokes is run out as he's ball-watching! He mowed this miles into the air, de Villiers, of all people, shelled the chance coming in from mid-on but then had the presence of mind to throw down the non-striker's stumps 622/6
    not out
    150
    281
    191
    18
    2
    78.53
    not out
    0
    3
    0
    0
    0
    -
    Extras
    39 (b 12, lb 6, nb 8, w 13)
    TOTAL
    629/6d (125.5 Overs, RR: 4.99, 582 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-55 (AN Cook, 16.3 ov), 2-129 (AD Hales, 43.5 ov), 3-167 (NRD Compton, 55.2 ov), 4-167 (JWA Taylor, 55.3 ov), 5-223 (JE Root, 67.5 ov), 6-622 (BA Stokes, 125.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    M Morkel29511413.9311
    CH Morris28315015.3500
    K Rabada29.5217535.8647
    DL Piedt25511204.4800
    S van Zyl1004304.3000
    D Elgar401704.2500
  • BATSMEN
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    24.5 Ben Stokes, he breaks through when he wants! Outside off, lifting a fraction and holding its line from round the wicket, Compton at backward point makes good ground to snaffle the looping edge! 85/2
    2.3 oh no! It goes from bad to worse for South Africa! A shambolic piece of running. Van Zyl pushed the ball into the off side and set off for the run, but Elgar wasn't interested at all. Van Zyl was halfway down the pitch and had no chance to get back as the throw came in from Compton to Bairstow at the stumps 7/1
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    42.13
    163.6 bowled him! It took an absolute beauty as well! Exemplary line from wide on the crease, a fraction of nip with the hard new ball, bursting past a well-formed forward push and taking the inside-edge, onto the top of leg stump. You can't get much better than that, a worthy means to end a magnificent innings 439/4
    93.3 banged in, de Villiers pulls... AND FINALLY SOMEONE HOLDS A CATCH! He's been about as sketchy as you're likely to see AB de Villiers today and this mistimed shot is snaffled up at midwicket. Actually, he caught it reasonably well but it was in the air, above Anderson's head and he palmed it up and took the rebound safely. After almost two sessions, England have their first wicket of the day 268/3
    164.3 edged and gone! Faf has fluffed, and suddenly the contest has been transformed! A low edge to Stokes at third slip, the round-the-wicket angle inducing the nick, it was going down from the moment it left the bat but England's man of the hour was alert to the offering ... 439/5
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    68.91
    167.3 gone! Leg-side field was packed and de Kock picked out the man at short square leg! Took on the bouncer, flapped his pull, a simple chance really to put the skids under South Africa's lunchtime serenity! 449/6
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    62.16
    207.2 pitched up, driven to short extra cover! They've held him this time! Finn slumps in celebration, Root took it well in his midriff and Morris' punchy debut knock it over 616/7
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    Extras
    26 (b 4, lb 9, w 13)
    TOTAL
    627/7d (211 Overs, RR: 2.97, 929 minutes)
    Did not bat: DL Piedt, M Morkel
    Fall of wickets: 1-7 (S van Zyl, 2.3 ov), 2-85 (D Elgar, 24.5 ov), 3-268 (AB de Villiers, 93.3 ov), 4-439 (HM Amla, 163.6 ov), 5-439 (F du Plessis, 164.3 ov), 6-449 (Q de Kock, 167.3 ov), 7-616 (CH Morris, 207.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson35127712.2000
    SCJ Broad3489422.7620
    MM Ali521415502.9800
    ST Finn39513223.3820
    JE Root2045402.7030
    BA Stokes28410013.5740
    AD Hales31200.6600
  • 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
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    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
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    92
    75
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    40.00
    not out
    10
    84
    60
    0
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    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 Morkel1672611.6203
    K Rabada1325714.3802
    CH Morris1242412.0000
    DL Piedt1883832.1100
    D Elgar621001.6600

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