Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HE van der Dussen
98(138) 15x4 - 2x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 23 runs
  • 4x4 - 1x6
6 7 4 19 10 6 13 33
Q de Kock
Q de Kock
76(116) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 21 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
7 16 10 6 8 0 14 15

Best performances - Bowlers

MA Wood
MA Wood
O14.3
M2
R46
W5
Eco3.17
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
BE Hendricks
O15.3
M2
R64
W5
Eco4.12
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Scorecard Summary

ENGLAND 400(98.2 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 183(68.3 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

ENGLAND 248(61.3 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 274(77.1 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: @Thilak_Rama | Commentator: Andrew Miller

5.20pm So that's the end of an absorbing series. Thanks for all your comments and feedback, and don't forget to tune in next week for the start of the ODI and T20 series. Eoin Morgan's men have arrived in the country, and the switch to coloured clothing begins in no time at all. Valkerie is bashing out her match report, and George and Firdose are primed to bring you all the post-series reaction. From all of us here, thanks and goodnight!

AussieBren: "I can't wait to see Mark Wood in action here in Australia. Our pitches will definitely suit his bowling and express pace. The Ashes are looking juicy!"

5.19pm Root accepts the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy, and the rest of the squad rock up for some champagne-popping and photo-posing. It's been a hell of a fightback after that cursed start to the campaign in Benoni and Centurion.

And finally, here's Joe Root. "To pick ourselves up and play as we have is very pleasing. The guys have taken their opportunities, and the sky is the limit for us right now. It's been a fantastic tour for our development as a Test team. It's very exciting, plus guys like Jofra and Dom Bess, a real squad effort from guys at the start of their careers. It's a fantastic place to come and tour, we always expect a fierce rivalry and it didn't disappoint."

The Man of the Series is Ben Stokes. Again, not entirely unsurprisingly. "The ost important thing is we are walking away with a series win, I hope the old man is in his hospital bed with a big smile on his face. I think it's always such a competitive series, good pace in the attacks, the wickets have a lot in for bowling and batting. I love the competition that South Africa brings."

"Everyone's stood up and made contributions, a massive team effort and I'm really proud of everyone in the dressing room."

The Man of the Match, fittingly, is Mark Wood. A huge cheer from the Barmy Army as he receives his trophy,

"There was a bit of doubt going in but boy am I glad I played now. I'm over the moon. I've had a lot of dark days, credit to the back-room staff, everyone's so supportive, Chris Silverwood tries to get me to have fun. I give it everything I've got, run in hard for the captain, as much energy as I can, and let it fly."

Faf du Plessis: "Right through this series after that first game, England were better in every department than us. Anrich Nortje came through shining for us, we need pace to take the place of Steyn and Morkel, it's impressed me most, the skill to land the ball in the same area. Beuran came in with five in his first Test match. We didn't put enough runs on the board, though Rassie played well today and was unlucky not to get a great hundred.

"I'd like to thank Vern for his services to the Proteas over the years, this team will miss him so, so much. We will sit with him tonight in the dressing room and share in the memories. It's a lot of effort and time, the sacrifices you make over ten years."

5.07pm Vernon Philander is presented with a token for his final Test. A #BigVern montage... how nice. "I think we fight hard on the park but remain gentlemen at the end of the day. It's been an honour and privilege to share a dressing room with so many greats.

"I think now the hard work starts, giving back to young talent is my mission in life, to mentor a couple to play in this wonderful team one day."

5.04pm Out come the players for the presentations. Wood is grinning like the Cheshire Cat's northern cousin. He's a clear candidate for man of the match.

adam: "Miller, will Wood play in SL? I really hope not. Give him a rest, for goodness" He'll be there. He's missed enough cricket as it is!

5.03pm Stephen Procter: "9 wickets in the match, plus 50 runs at better than a run-a-ball... MA Wood is in rarified company indeed". Crumbs. All hail the next great allrounder!

4.58pm Sooryanarayanan: "If only fairy tale endings existed for all. You are a champion nonetheless Big Vern. A real fighter who didn't let his limitations with pace stop him from stamping his authority as a world-class bowler. Well played and wish you the very best for your new innings. " Too true. A sad ending, as he heads off into the Somerset (seeing as Roller's stealing my jokes, I'll steal other people's!) but what a contribution he has made.

Daniel: "Bowlers like Mark Wood are the difference between winning and losing in places like Australia and India. Got to manage him well and hope his injuries are behind him, his spells here and in the WI are what Eng need if we're progress to the top level"

Ben: "England now have the best away win ratio of the top test teams over the last two years. Home record is fifth over the same time period. Long way to putting to bed those away myths?" How curious! It's progress of sorts...

4.52pm Handshakes all round outside the pavilion, even a hint of a hug from Buttler and Philander, who have been chirping away at each other throughout a feistily contested series.

ADB: "Robbed! Wood, I mean, by that run-out." True that ... that was a nailed-on ten-for, given that none of the tail seemed entirely keen on getting in line to his bombs. What a breakthrough it's been for him. Fit and fast, and a key cog in this rising England team. Far from the finished article, and consecutive winters in India and Australia will test their mettle to a far greater extent. But there is no such thing as an easy series win against South Africa, and this one is no exception.

adam: "Wood's record away from home is insanely good now" ... you're not wrong. That's what England have lacked overseas in recent years

Ag: "Someone in the commentary team mentioned at the start of the day that the SA resistance will last an hour after tea ......I should use his tips for making my fantasy league teams...." Never in doubt.

4.51pm Well, that was emphatic in the final analysis. South Africa fought hard in the first half of the day, but once Rassie van der Dussen and Faf du Plessis fell in quick succession, the rest were rounded up with disheartening haste. Very professional and emphatic from England, but South Africa have so many issues to address as they reflect on a 3-1 series loss, and their first back-to-back home series defeat since the 1950s...

77.1
W
Wood to Nortje, OUT, huge appeal, and has that flicked the bat? England think so... Oh yes it did! A strangle down the leg-side, another fierce lifter from Stokes, and up goes the finger after the review. Handshakes all round, as Wood's ninth of the match seals a thumping 191-run win!

A Nortje c †Buttler b Wood 4 (20m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

77.1
1w
Wood to Nortje, 1 wide, short, and sharp! Exploding past the armpit as Nortje ducks

END OF OVER:
77 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 273/9

  • Beuran Hendricks4 (9b)
  • Joe Root7-1-37-0
  • Mark Wood16-3-53-3

And that'll be drinks. Here's Miller to talk you through the last rites. And don't tell him I stole his Shamen joke...

76.6
W
Root to Nortje, OUT, uses his feet, clipped out to Sibley at mid-on, there's a disastrous mix-up and Hendricks is stranded halfway down as Buttler whips the bails off! Jeez, that's not too clever. Nortje set off, jogged through, but Hendricks was in his own world, stuttering halfway down the pitch and turning to see everything had gone wrong for him. Next!

BE Hendricks run out (Sibley/†Buttler) 4 (6m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

76.5
2
Root to Nortje, 2 runs, full on the pads, flicked out through square leg, Woakes fields brilliantly on the fence!

Root sprinting through this over, Jadeja-style

76.4
1
Root to Hendricks, 1 run, fullish on off stump, whipped out to mid-on where Broad fields
76.3
2
Root to Hendricks, 2 runs, looks to work into the leg side, inside edges down to fine leg

South Africa 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st39D ElgarPJ Malan
2nd50D ElgarHE van der Dussen
3rd92F du PlessisHE van der Dussen
4th6HE van der DussenQ de Kock
5th48T BavumaQ de Kock
6th4D PretoriusQ de Kock
7th21VD PhilanderQ de Kock
8th7Q de KockA Nortje
9th6BE HendricksA Nortje
10th1D PatersonA Nortje