The England captain largely has the personnel to give expression to his dynamic leadership. His South African counterpart faces trickier circumstances
England bounced back from the Trent Bridge defeat with mature performances in the last two Tests and with the Ashes on the horizon, Joe Root is keen to harness that attitude consistently
Trevor Bayliss hinted that Keaton Jennings may not have done enough to retain his place at opener for the West Indies series
South Africa came to England missing vital organs and left with questions over the health of the rest of the side
Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis briefly fired hopes of salvaging the series but in the end South Africa will head home both battered and beaten
Century partnerships in this series for South Africa. Hashim Amla has been involved in three of those.
Number of cricketers from England to score 200 runs and take 20 wickets in a series. Flintoff was the last to achieve this in the 2005 Ashes
Number of successful chases over 300 at Old Trafford. Highest successful chase was when England beat New Zealand in 2008 by scoring 294/4 .
Number of times Morne Morkel has dismissed Alastair Cook in Tests. Morkel has dismissed him 4 times this series conceding 93 runs from 201 balls.
Wickets taken by Moeen Ali this series - Most he has taken in a Test series. Previously he had taken 19 against India in 2014
Number of times Amla has been dismissed by Toby Roland Jones from the 21 balls he has faced. Amla averages 2.33 against Jones.
Avg runs added by the openers from South Africa in their last 13 innings.During this period the highest stand has been 21.
Number of players from England to be dismissed for 99 in a Test.This is the second instance where Bairstow was dismissed in the nineties against SA
Number of consecutive matches in which Joe Root has scored a Test fifty. He equals the record for England previously held by John Edrich who scored 10 between 1969-71.
Number of innings taken by Joe Root to score 5000 Test runs - Fifth fastest from England to this feat. Hobbs, Hammond, Barrington and Hutton got there earlier.
Last instance of South Africa winning a Test at Old Trafford,Manchester. In 9 Tests they have won 1,lost 4 and drawn 4.