Result
4th Test, Centurion, Jan 22-26 2016, England tour of South Africa
475 & 248/5d
(34.4 ov, target 382)
342 & 101
South Africa won by 280 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
1y
• ESPNcricinfo staff

De Villiers hints at long-term captaincy

AB de Villiers has dropped another hint that he is willing to stay on as South Africa's long-term Test captain, after his new-look team completed an impressive 280-run victory

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
South Africa475(132 overs)1st Innings
Stephen Cook115 (218)
Ben Stokes4/86(27)
Stuart Broad2/91(28)
England342(104.2 overs)1st Innings
Joe Root76 (128)
Kagiso Rabada7/112(29)
Morne Morkel2/73(23.2)
South Africa248/5d(83.2 overs)2nd Innings
Hashim Amla96 (199)
Temba Bavuma*78 (154)
England101(34.4 overs)2nd Innings
James Taylor24 (48)
Joe Root20 (56)
Kagiso Rabada6/32(10.4)
Morne Morkel3/36(12)

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.

34.4
w
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

34.3
w
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
34.2
Rabada to Broad, no run
full down the leg side, thumps the pads as Broad swished across the line
34.1
Rabada to Broad, no run
short ball, at the batsmen, who sways under it
end of over 348 runs
ENG: 101/8CRR: 2.97 
Moeen Ali10 (21)
Stuart Broad2 (2)
Morne Morkel12-5-36-3
Kagiso Rabada10-2-32-4
33.6
Morkel to Ali, no run
short of a length and mistimed off the back foot
33.5
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

33.4
Morkel to Ali, no run
short of a length, drops the hands
33.3
Morkel to Ali, no run
draws his length back, in the channel, Moeen shrugs his shoulders
33.2
4
Morkel to Ali, FOUR runs
full outside off and punched through mid-off this time, to ironic cheers from the Barmies
33.1
4
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

end of over 333 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 93/8CRR: 2.81 
Stuart Broad2 (2)
Moeen Ali2 (15)
Kagiso Rabada10-2-32-4
Morne Morkel11-5-28-3

With two England wickets left standing, Rabada has a chance to equal Makhaya Ntini's haul of 13 wickets against West Indies at Trinidad in 2004-05

32.6
2
Rabada to Broad, 2 runs
short again, at the ribs and flicked away hurriedly, goes fine of fine leg and Broad gets a couple

"Prophecy fulfilled," hoots Ahmed. Well, it wasn't the hardest one to call...

32.5
Rabada to Broad, no run
back of a ength, down the leg side, Broad flinches under it

England might not make it to the third figure, let along the third session

32.4
w
Rabada to Woakes, OUT
short outside off, Woakes throws the bat - gone! Another nick, another catch for de Kock, another wicket for Rabada, who has 11 now. England continuing to make an apple crumble of this
CR Woakes c †de Kock b Rabada 5 (14m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50
32.3
Rabada to Woakes, no run
140kph, shuffles into line and dabs it down on off stump
32.2
1
Rabada to Ali, 1 run
back of a length, on the hips like one too many jam doughnuts, tucked to deep square leg

"I would be happy if they got 100-120 at this point," warbles Rich. "The game was gone inside the first 10 mins, they needed to get to lunch losing 1 more wicket max. May as well just have a swing at this point."

32.1
Rabada to Ali, no run
short and down the leg side... not quite so wonderful
end of over 322 runs
ENG: 90/7CRR: 2.81 
Moeen Ali1 (13)
Chris Woakes5 (6)
Morne Morkel11-5-28-3
Kagiso Rabada9-2-29-3

"Fantastic effort by Rabada, and even better when you consider that of the ten only one could be considered a tail-ender." Absolutely, Rob, can't get enough of that wonderful stuff

31.6
1
Morkel to Ali, 1 run
dug in at the body, jabs this one away for one through square leg
31.5
Morkel to Ali, no run
this rockets off a length, 141kph and Jack-in-the-boxing through to de Kock as Moeen thanks his stars it wasn't any straighter
Best performances - batsmen
Q de Kock
129 runs (128)
17 fours
2 sixes
Control90%
Productive shot
on drive
22 runs
3 fours
1 sixes
04181033221230
SC Cook
115 runs (218)
14 fours
0 sixes
Control92%
Productive shot
flick
44 runs
5 fours
0 sixes
2151819140839
Best performances - bowlers
K Rabada
O
29
M
6
R
112
W
7
Eco
3.86
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
K Rabada
O
10.4
M
2
R
32
W
6
Eco
3.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Kagiso Rabada
Player Of The Series
Ben Stokes
Series resultEngland won the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2200
Season2015/16
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days22,23,24,25,26 January 2016 (5-day match)
Test debut
Stephen Cook
Umpires
Kumar Dharmasena
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
Shaun George
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle