blotted to midwicket
5.18pm So, that is that from Cape Town. Thanks for all your comments, it's been a fascinating five days. Have a read of David Hopps' match report, and listen out for Firdose and George's reports from the ground later today. From myself, Andrew Miller, and my sidekicks, Alan Gardner, Andrew McGlashan and Venkat Raghav, goodbye and see you in eight days' time, for the third Test at Johannesburg.
5pm All over Red Rover Match drawn. Nothing left to see here, but we'll loiter for the presentations ... coming up shortly.
Not entirely surprisingly, Ben Stokes has been named as Man of the Match. "When I started going we had a good score on the board so I thought me getting out here won't be the worst thing. I just went for my shots and it came off." Can't say fairer than that.
Here's Alastair Cook for a chat. "A little bit nervous," he admits of the final day. "South Africa bowled very well, it would have been a very disappointing end to the day if we couldn't bat out for the draw."
On Stokes' innings: "It was a pleasure and a privilege to watch. An 'I was There' moment."
Hashim Amla: "For us to claw our way back was a credit to our batters, a bit fortuitous but that's the way it goes."
"Nice to get some runs, the crowd in Cape Town is always exceptional."
On Bavuma: "An exceptional innings, always under pressure wiith people doubting his place. The team love the way he plays."
"In a four-Test series it is nice to peak at the right time ..."
Rob: "Has anyone noticed Bairstows breakthrough coincided with him growing a beard? Following on from Matt Prior is this now an essential prerequisite of being a successful England wicket-keeper?" Indubitably
4.55pm Hands have been shaken, it is surely game over now. Not official yet, because well, we wouldn't want to get ahead of ourselves.
4.40pm Firdose informs me that there is going to be an inspection at 5pm! Good grief.
In the meantime, I suspect if watching people avoiding puddles is your thing, you are better off watching this ...
4.38pm Donald Tendular: "586, 519, 520, 526, 556, 551...... sad to see 629 NOT joining that series...." Which list is that then? Is it this list?
4.29pm The umpires are wandering out to the middle to take a shuftie. We might yet have some news soon.
Grant: "Surely Amla's knock was more important that Bavuma's in saving South Africa?" From defeat, yes. From its history? Not quite as notable.
4.25pm Gah ... apparently the umpires don't have to call this off for another hour yet! Cricket is ludicrous sometimes. But suffice to say, there's not a lot of point in loitering, unless you've nothing better to be getting on with, of course ...
Mark: "Shouldn't matter about what colour Bavuma is, he has talent, so he's in the side, Stokes knock for MOTM all day long, just for its pure entertainment." Of course it shouldn't matter. Unfortunately South Africa's history means it matters more than we can ever truly know.
Jim: "(4.05pm) I've heard of cricketing siblings playing together but can Statsguru tell me if that's the only example of a Father, a Son and a Holy Ghost playing for the same team?"
4.15pm James: "Who do we give MoTM to? Stokes for ridiculousness or Bavuma for wider significance outside the sport? Or Hales for that magnificent economy rate I've heard about?" Man of the Match, Stokes. Man of the Moment, Bavuma.
James: "You'd have thought it wouldn't have rained if God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were playing cricket. Unless, of course, they needed to bat out a draw."
Rob: "This test has shown the difference between the JB's for England. Jos B can be a murderous bat but is essentially one-dimensional. Jonny B, however, is a good enough batsman to play the situation. In this game he's played three ways - brisk in a support role to Ben Stokes, then full-on from 100-150, and now batting for time. Hope he will be a fixture in the team for the next 5 years." A fair point. Needs to work on his glovework, but definitely a fixture for now. And, as George Dobell has written, Buttler's skills may be better honed elsewhere ...
Burton DeWitt: "Honestly, the scorer should be Man of the Match." Very true. Three cheers for our invaluable sidekick, Venkat Raghav!
4.05pm The rain is getting a bit heavier now. It's fair to assume we've had our fill at Newlands.
James: "Alan, I believe it was Disraeli who coined the expression "lies, damned lies and statistics". I hadn't realised he was such a connoisseur of bowling economy rates! " Not only that, he captained and batted at 4 in a fictional cricket team drawn up by the great mathematician GH Hardy ... with Percy Fender and God the Father providing the middle-order humpty... yeah ... I daresay it was raining that day too.
4pm Nothing much to report other than dampness.
realthog: "Why the mockery of Alex Hales, bowler? He has by far the best economy rate of all the bowlers, on both sides." That, my friend, is why lies, damn lies and statistics exists as a phrase...
Mukesh: "There are lot of positives for South Africa, almost every batsman performed, bowlers did reasonably better than their England counterpart, leaving Stokes innings behind. Not sure if Stokes can do it again but Amla and SA, well don't bet against them." It's been a remarkable turnaround from the traumas of that second-day onslaught. Their issues haven't been completely resolved, but South Africa are back in business, with Steyn on course for a return in Johannesburg as well...
3.46pm Ho hum... it was fairly inevitable. Amla was keen to bowl Morne Morkel but the umpires have decreed the light to be too poor...
Handshakes in the middle, autographs on the boundary's edge. A largely terminal feel to this interlude, although there is still 45 minutes to go before the match can officially be called off
Andrew: "The test has died long live the test ..." That's the spirit. Three cheers for the Test. Hussah!
Mitch_A: "180 not out in total, Jonny Bairstow's average gets a nice boost from this test..." Indeed, both he and Stokes have hoisted their averages by five and a half runs or so in this match. from 28ish to 33ish
Frikkie: "I've been waxing lyrical about this test to my wife all week. I dare not tell her how it ended." You need to tell her. She'll find out anyway ...
Matt Warwick: "For a draw with an ignoble death by bad light, we've had some pretty memorable moments. Stokes' 258, Bairstow's maiden test ton, Amla's return to form, Bevuma's first hundred by a black South African. Admittedly all batsmens knocks, but a test match I'll remember for sure." So true. And don't forget Alex Hales' first spell of bowling in Test cricket. Actually, please do ...
outside off, no stroke
Mukesh: "Killed sense or dead sense made no sense, could be termed as nonsense. Oh sense" Whatever. Too little happening for any sense to be required
on the back foot. Rapid over-rate now!
driven to cover
forward and blocked
It might be that the light is too grim for anything quicker than spin ... Elgar to continue
on the back foot, a touch quicker but same result
nudged out to point
this one keeps them interested but a fractional edge falls short
two slips in place but solid defence
Frank: "People..people...nothing is going to happen... 160 ahead, 4 wickets in hand, only 30 ish overs to go... neither team goes anywhere from here... SA should have tried harder on day 4..." Mark his words ... when it all kicks off again ...
Not yet, here's Piedt round the wicket
another over twirled away. Time for some speed, I reckon. England not being rattled by spin
forward and killed down the ground. In the already dead sense, rather than the murderous intent sense
a bit edgy, squirts through gully
tossed right up, above the eyeline, dips late, nice teaser
punched through the off side off the back foot. Good gap-finding
MikeC: "Mike Holding explaining on air how he tried to explain cricket to a Danish fellow reminds me of trying to do similar to a German. After an elaborate explanation on the nuances of cricket he asked whether a own my horse or just rent one. I gave up after that..." You have to know when to hold 'em, and know when to fold 'em
tidy line, pitches off and straightens, Moeen is unmoved
lots of flight, watchfully forward
|Newlands, Cape Town|
|Toss||England, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||England led the 4-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2197|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30|
|Match days||2,3,4,5,6 January 2016 - day (5-day match)|